Patricia A. Nolan

Attorney and Counselor

After nearly 20 years with top Texas firms handling complex business litigation and dispute resolution matters, Patty Nolan opened her solo law practice in August 2004. She previously was a partner in the Trial Department of Thompson & Knight LLP, practicing in the firm's Dallas and Houston offices for nearly fourteen years. Before that, she was with the Dallas office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

Patty earned her law degree from Arizona State University, where she was editor-in-chief of the Arizona State Law Journal. Her undergraduate degree is in journalism.

Working with some of the best lawyers in the state on bet-the-company cases, Patty learned the value of developing a sound strategy at the outset. Skills developed as a journalist help her analyze the essential facts quickly and effectively.

Her areas of expertise are contract claims and business torts; partnership disputes and management deadlocks; fraud; real estate; and noncompetition agreements and trade secret misappropriation.  In addition, she has extensive experience in corporate healthcare litigation.

She has been honored repeatedly by her peers for commercial litigation and for her ADR work:

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV 5.0 rating
  • Best Lawyers in America list for ADR and previously for commercial litigation
  • Texas Super Lawyers list for ADR and previously for business litigation
  • D Magazine list of Best Lawyers for ADR and previously for business litigation


Member of the Texas and American Bar Associations, including the ABA Section of  Dispute Resolution and its Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) and Arbitration committees

Former chair of WIDR

Fellow, Texas and Dallas Bar Foundations


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