Attorney James D. Nolan

James D. Nolan, Partner

James D. Nolan, Partner

James D. Nolan Tempe Expert Commercial Litigation Attorney

James D. Nolan has more than 26 years of litigation experience. He has a broad-based commercial and civil litigation practice, including construction contract and workmanship disputes, indemnification and subrogation, general liability defense (including first- and third-party insurance issues), and personal injury and wrongful death.

He represents clients statewide at all levels, including the justice courts, superior courts, federal courts, ROC complaints and hearings, and private, binding arbitrations and mediations.

Mr. Nolan was born in California, raised in Texas, and graduated from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 1998. He is proud of his Hispanic heritage and enjoys giving back to his community in which he serves.

Areas of Practice:

  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Contract, Corporation/Partnership Disputes
  • Construction & Real Estate Disputes
  • Civil Trial Work & Appeals
  • Arbitrations & Mediations
  • First & Third Party Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Disputes
  • Criminal Defense


  • 1998, Arizona
  • 1998, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • 2004, U.S. Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit

Law School: University of Arizona, J.D., 1998

College: University of Texas, B.A., 1994

Professional Organizations:

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona


  • Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, Staff Writer, 1996 – 1998. Published: A Comparative Analysis of the Laotian Law on Foreign Investment, the World Bank Guidelines on the Treatment of Foreign Direct Investment, and Normative Rules of International Law on Foreign Direct Investment, 15 Ariz. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 659 (1998).
  • Former Deputy County Attorney at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, February 1999 – February 2002.
  • Former Civil Litigation Associate at Mariano & Allen, PLC in Phoenix, February 2002 – March 2004.
  • Former Civil Litigation Associate at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, Phoenix, March 2004 – July 2006


Castle AFB, California, 1971

    Fawn Blue
    Fawn Blue
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    Audrey Sullivan (Audrey-AZRealtor)
    Audrey Sullivan (Audrey-AZRealtor)
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    Jim Van Wicklin
    Jim Van Wicklin
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    Nicholas Thomas
    Nicholas Thomas
    I worked with The Sorenson Law firm for about 5 months resolving a personal injury claim that occurred during a car accident I was in and I couldn't have been more happy with results. The firm was always responsive, quick to answer any questions I had and I could tell they had my best interest in mind. I would recommend The Sorenson Law Firm to anyone that needs a personal injury lawyer, they're great!
    Amanda Larson
    Amanda Larson
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    Erick Fuentes
    Erick Fuentes
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    Jessica Davis
    Jessica Davis
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    Alfanzo Atkins
    Alfanzo Atkins
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    Anna C
    Anna C
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    Mark Bay
    Mark Bay
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