Michael D. Nolan


Michael D. Nolan is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and a member of the firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Group.

Primary Focus & Experience

A partner since 1998, Mr. Nolan has represented clients in US federal and state courts and before arbitral tribunals in all manner of complex disputes, including general commercial, securities, intellectual property, tax and insolvency cases. Mr. Nolan’s practice has a particular focus on international arbitration and transnational litigation.

Mr. Nolan has served as counsel or arbitrator in cases under AAA/ICDR, ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and other rules. His arbitrations have involved electricity, gas, transportation and mining concessions; joint-venture and management agreements; satellite and other insurance coverages; construction; energy distribution; and intellectual property patents and licenses. Mr. Nolan has represented both investors and states in arbitrations pursuant to bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty. He also has represented companies and states in connection with court proceedings involving sovereign immunity, act of state, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judicial and non-judicial awards.

Mr. Nolan has substantial experience with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, other anti-bribery laws and sanctions programs. He has developed and implemented anti-corruption programs for companies and financial services firms.

Recognition & Accomplishments

Mr. Nolan is consistently recognized as a leading International Arbitration practitioner by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney and Super Lawyers. He writes and lectures about litigation and arbitration and co-authored the Oxford University Press “Reports of Overseas Private Investment Corporation Determination”, a two volume publication addressing claims determination by the US Political Risk Insurance Agency, OPIC.

Mr. Nolan is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the American Arbitration Association, the Users Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the ICSID panel of arbitrators, and the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre panel of arbitrators, as well as a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Mr. Nolan serves as General Counsel of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the leading trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He also teaches international commercial arbitration as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Additional Details
  • University of Chicago, J.D.
  • Harvard University, A.B.
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York