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More than 25 Years of Legal Experience

Stephen J. Nolan

Stephen J. Nolan

Baltimore, Maryland
877-821-8660 (Toll Free)

In June 1977, Mr. Nolan was admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland. In 1979, he was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.  In 1981, Mr. Nolan was admitted to the United States Supreme Court bar. Since 1989, he has continuously earned Martindale-Hubbell's AV Rating, the highest possible peer review rating for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.

Since his admission to the Bar, Mr. Nolan has had a civil trial practice concentrating primarily in the areas of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims, malignant asbestos disease claims, medical malpractice, business and other litigation in state and federal courts.

Prior to forming his own practice in 2003, Mr. Nolan was President of Nolan, Plumhoff & Williams, Chartered from 1989-2002, and a member or associate in that firm since 1977.

Among his accomplishments, he was lead counsel for the Plaintiff Appellees in Georgia-Pacific Corp. v. Pransky, 369 Md 360 (2002). On behalf of a 34 year old mother dying of malignant mesothelioma and her family, Mr. Nolan collected in excess of $9.8 million from Georgia-Pacific. The primary part of the judgment was sustained on appeal and was reported to be the first case in the country in which a plaintiff had recovered damages against Georgia-Pacific for exposure to its asbestos-containing joint compound.

In addition to representing scores of families affected by asbestos lung disease over the past 25 years, Mr. Nolan served as lead counsel from 1984 to the mid 1990s for Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County governments and Boards of Education litigating cost recovery claims for asbestos in over 600 public buildings.

Mr. Nolan has recovered millions of dollars for seriously injured individuals and families who have lost a loved one.  He has also litigated malpractice, property damage and estate-related claims.  In addition to being elected as a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, his peers have voted him one of Maryland's Super Lawyers since 2007. In 2006, Mr. Nolan was awarded The Daily Record's Leadership in the Law Award. In 1996 and again in 2008, the Maryland Bar Foundation presented him with its Legal Excellence awards for the advancement of the rights of the disadvantaged and for the advancement of public service responsibility.


In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Nolan served as National Board Chair of the nationwide American Lung Association, the oldest nonprofit volunteer health agency in the country. He currently serves on the national ALA's Audit and Risk Management Committee.

In July 2007, Mr. Nolan was elected to serve on the board of directors of the American Thoracic Society.

In 2009, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley appointed Mr. Nolan to a 5-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Community College of Baltimore County, the largest community college system in Maryland.  He has also served a a member of the Baltimore County Ethics Commission.

Areas of Practice

  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Malignant Asbestos Disease
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Nursing Home and Hospital Negligence
  • Environmental Contamination of Buildings
  • Class Actions

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1977
  • District of Columbia, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981


  • University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D. - 1976
  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • A.B. (Cum Laude) - 1973
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Referred Pain: Is the Tort System to Blame for Medical Malpractice Claims?, Maryland Bar Journal, XXXVII, Number 4, July/August, 2004
  • Pro Bono Service: Opportunity For Personal And Professional Growth, Maryland Bar Journal, XXXIV, Number 4, July/August, 2001
  • Giving Back: The Spirit of The Community Service, Maryland Bar Journal

Representative Clients

  • Available Upon Request


  • Mercantile Safe-Deposit and Trust Company


  • Faculty Member, Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL) Trial Advocacy Training for Lawyers, 2008
  • Faculty Member, ABA/National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Trial Practice Training, UB Law School for Legal Services Lawyers, 2006
  • Faculty Member/Judge, National Moot Court Competition, Regional Semi-finals, University of Maryland School of Law, 2005
  • Lecturer, Toxic Tort Law in Maryland, National Business Institute Seminar for Lawyers, 2000
  • Lecturer, Legal Implications of Indoor Air Quality Issues, Seminar Presentation to Building Managers and Owners, Aerosol Monitoring and Analysis Industrial Hygiene Course, 1999
  • Lecturer, MICPEL Advanced Litigation Institute, Expert Witness Seminars, (Rockville and Baltimore), 1997
  • Faculty Member, Maryland Court of Appeals-approved Professionalism Course, 1990 - Present
  • Lecturer, MICPEL Litigation Update, 1995
  • Faculty Member, Maryland Attorney General's Office Trial Training Program, 1990
  • Lecturer, Asbestos Cost Recovery, National Association of Attorneys General, 1990
  • Lecturer, "Causation and Product Liability" (MICPEL), College Park and Baltimore Seminar Programs, 1988
  • Panel Speaker, "Joint Tortfeasor Releases", Maryland State Bar Association Mid Year Meeting, 1987

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, The Maryland Bar Foundation's 2008 Award for Legal Excellence for the Advancement of Public Service Responsibility, 2008
  • Leadership in Law Award, The Daily Record, Baltimore, 2006
  • Pro Bono Award presented by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc., of which Mr. Nolan was Co-founder and First Corporate President in 1990, 2005
  • Received Lee A. Caplan Pro Bono Service Award from the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, 2003
  • Received Baltimore County Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 2003
  • Received Benjamin L. Cardin Pro Bono Service Award from the University of Maryland School of Law, 2000
  • Received Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 1996
  • Received Award of the Maryland Bar Foundation for Professional Legal Excellence for the Advancement of Rights of the Disadvantaged by the Fellows, 1996
  • Awarded Martindale Hubbell's AV® Rating, 1989

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association Disaster Plan Task Force, Chair, 2006 - 2007
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member, Board of Governors, 2003 - 2005
  • Baltimore County Bar Foundation, Inc., President, 2003 - 2004
  • Baltimore County Bar Association, President, 2002 - 2003
  • Pro Bono Legal Service of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, Member, Standing Committee, 2002 - 2005
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member, Professionalism Committee, 2001 - 2002
  • Bar Associations Insurance Trust, Trustee, 2002 - 2003
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Chair, Standing Committee on Local and Specialty Bar Liaison, 2000 - 2001
  • Maryland Judicial Commission on Pro Bono appointed by Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Court of Appeals of Maryland, Member, 1999 - 2001
  • Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for Baltimore County, Member, 1992 - 2002, Commission Chair, 1997 - 1998
  • MSBA Section on Delivery of Legal Services, Chair, 1997 - 1999
  • Maryland State Bar Association Section on Litigation, Chair, 1996 - 1997

Past Employment Positions

  • Nolan, Plumhoff & Williams, Chartered, President, 1989 - 2002
  • Nolan, Plumhoff & Williams, Chartered, Member, 1977 - 1989

Pro Bono Activities

  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
  • Maryland Disability Law Center
  • Board of Directors, American Lung Association
  • Vice Chair, National Advocacy Committee, American Lung Association
  • Chair, American Lung Association, Funding National Operations Task Force
  • Strategic Planning Committee, American Lung Association
  • Member, American Lung Association's Nationwide Assembly
  • Member, American Lung Association's Organizational Effectiveness Initiative Task Force
  • Chair-Elect, American Lung Association
  • Board of Directors, American Thoracic Society
  • Board of Directors, American Lung Association of Maryland, Inc.
  • Volunteer, American Lung Association, 1999 - Present
  • Volunteer, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Maryland
  • President, 1997 - 1998, Board Member, 1993 - 1998, Towson Development Corporation
  • Member, Baltimore County Government Ethics Commission, 1993 - 1997
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