Kenneth P. Nolan, of counsel to the firm, specializes in aviation personal injury and wrongful death litigation and trials. Ken has successfully handled million dollar verdicts and settlements in the Avianca crash at Cove Neck, New York on January 25, 1990; the USAir Flight 5050 crash at LaGuardia on September 20, 1989; the USAir Flight 405 crash at LaGuardia on March 22, 1992; the Independent Air crash in the Azores in 1988; the United Airlines Sioux City crash on July 19, 1989; the Korean Air shoot down of September 1, 1983; the Pan Am Lockerbie disaster of December 21, 1988; the Roselawn ATR crash of October 31, 1994; the ASA crash in Georgia of August 21, 1995; the US Air Flight 427 disaster near Pittsburgh of September 8, 1994; the ValuJet tragedy of May 11, 1996; the American Air Cali tragedy of December 20, 1995; the TWA Flight 800 explosion of July 17, 1996; the Korean Air crash in Guam of August 6, 1997; the Swissair tragedy near Peggy's Cove, Canada on September 2, 1998; the Egyptair crash of October 31, 1999; the US Airways crash in Charlotte, North Carolina of January 8, 2003; the American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor, NY of November 12, 2001; the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 where he represented 150 families, and the Comair Flight 5191 crash of August 27, 2006 in Lexington, Kentucky. He was a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) in the Swissair, Egyptair and Comair litigation, was co-lead of the PSC in the American Air Flight 587 litigation, is a member of the Executive Committee of the PSC in the September 11, 2001 civil and terrorist litigations. He was also class counsel in the Kaprun Ski Train Fire of November 11, 2000. He is presently involved representing families of victims of the Colgan Air tragedy of Feb 12, 2009 near Buffalo, N.Y. Ken has been named to the "Irish Legal 100" by The Irish Voice which lists the best 100 Irish American Lawyers in the U.S. This is the third consecutive year he has received this accolade. Ken has also been named a Super Lawyer which means he is recognized by his peers, including adversaries, as one of the top attorneys in his field.
After graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 1977, Ken joined the firm. A writer and an advocate, he has written and was an editor for The New York Times. Approximately 50 of his articles and 15 of his photographs were published in The Times. In addition, he has written two editorials and was make-up editor for the editorial and op-ed pages of The Times. He is past editor-in-chief of Litigation, published by the ABA, for which he has also written more than 30 articles. He has recently been appointed Senior Editor and writes the "Sidebar" column in each issue. Ken was appointed associate editor of Litigation in 1983 and served in that capacity until he was appointed editor-in-chief in 1996 for a two-year term. He is very active in the Litigation Section having served on its Council, as Division Director and as Chair. He is past Co-Chair of the ABA Fellows Committee, of the Aviation Litigation Committee, is a past member of the Board of Editors of the ABA Journal and past vice-chair of the Aviation and Space Law Committee of the TIPS Section of the ABA. He has published legal articles on aviation law, personal injury, general trial techniques, including an article in The DePaul Law Review. In 2006, Ken was awarded third place in The New York Law Journal fiction writing contest.
He has recovered more than $20 million on three occasions and a minimum of $10 million for clients more than seventeen times. He has successfully litigated more than 145 cases worth at least $1 million each, including fire and aviation disasters; numerous medical malpractice cases, including the largest settlement of a medical malpractice case in Staten Island, New York, and auto, construction and product liability matters. He has tried numerous aviation cases including the Avianca case in New York City, the Korean Air Flight 007 case in Washington, D.C. and the USAirways crash at LaGuardia in Cleveland. He has lectured extensively on aviation and other legal issues throughout the United States and also in England, France, Mexico, Canada and Austria.
In addition to his writing articles and editorials for The New York Times, Ken has had articles published in legal and non-legal publications. He is a member of the CCH Aviation Law Advisory Council, for which he has written, and a past member of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers Manual on Professional Conduct. He is past member of the Board of Editors of The New York State Bar Journal. He has been a member of the Aeronautical Committee of the New York City Bar Association; a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association; President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild, Kings County; President of the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association; a member of the Committee on Tort Reparations, New York State Bar Association; a member of the Judiciary Committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association; a member of the Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association, and is a member of the Brehon Law Society. He is an active trial lawyer in both state and federal courts.
Ken and his wife Nancy have four children, Kenny, Caitlin, Elizabeth and Claire, and live in Brooklyn and Shelter Island, NY.
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