James P. Nolan, II



Jim Nolan is admitted to practice law in Ohio, Kentucky and Florida. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1991. He was awarded a Dean’s scholarship during his three years of law school and received American Jurisprudence awards for earning the highest grades in contracts and constitutional law. He served as articles editor for the University of Dayton Law Review. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1976, Jim worked in the insurance industry.

Jim holds a CPCU designation (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter). He is a member of the Ohio, Kentucky, and Florida Bar Associations. Jim is a member of the National CPCU Committee for Coverage, Litigators, Educators and Witnesses (CLEW). He serves as Chairman of the Insurance Law Specialty Board for the Ohio State Bar Association. He serves as national property coordinating bad faith counsel for an insurance company. The focus of his practice is insurance defense and coverage litigation. As head of the Firm’s coverage practice, Jim has been consulted on claims throughout the United States involving complex insurance coverage issues.


University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1991

Articles Editor, University of Dayton Law Review
American Jurisprudence Awards – Contracts, Constitutional Law

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1976

Admitted to Practice

Federal Courts:

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Districts Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky

State Courts:

  • State of Ohio
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • State of Florida

Notable Experience


"Protective Safeguards Endorsements"Insights: A Professional Journal by the CPCU Society, Fall 2017

"The Collateral Source Rule in Ohio," University of Dayton Law Review, Vol. 16, No. 2, 1991


  • "Mock Summary Judgment and Appeal:  Wind, Water and Worse," (2018), presented at Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
  • "The Evidence Pit Stop- What Gets In and What Stays Out,” (2015), presented at Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting Society Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • "First Party Coverage Issues,” (2015), presented at Ohio Association of Civil Trials Attorneys Insurance Coverage Seminar, Westfield Center, Ohio
  • "Daubert and Its Application in Ohio,” (2014), presented at Ohio Association of Civil Trials Attorneys Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio

Significant Cases

Fraley v. Estate of Oeding, 138 Ohio St. 3d 250, 2014-Ohio-452

Clark v. Scarpelli, (2001), 91 Ohio St.3d 271

Am. Interstate Ins. Co. v. G & H Serv. Ctr., Inc., 112 Ohio St.3d 521, 2007-Ohio-608

Shelton v. Twin Township, 2015-Ohio-1602

Smith v. Allstate Indemnity Company, No. 07-4295, 6th Cir.

Marcus v. Rusk Heating & Cooling, Inc., 2013-Ohio-528

Dawson v. Milcor, Inc., 2007-Ohio-6968

Auto-Owners Ins. Co., v. J. C. K.C., Inc., 2004-Ohio-5186

White v. Am. Mfg. Mut. Ins. Co., 2002-Ohio-4125

Professional Certifications

Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), 1983

Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), Chair of the Insurance Coverage Specialty Board, 2019


  • Ohio, Kentucky and Florida Bar Associations
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Society of CPCU
  • Cincinnati Claims Association (past President)

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Law
  • Insurance Bad Faith Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Property & Casualty Insurance Litigation