Dermot P. Nolan
Dermot P. Nolan was called to the bar in 1975. He is a graduate of McMaster University and the University of Ottawa. He has served as president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association, the Hamilton Law Association and the Hamilton Medical Legal Society.
He has been certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Civil Litigation since 1990 and practises with emphasis on Personal Injury, Disability & LTD Claims, Employment Law, and Commercial & Estate Litigation.
Dermot has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the fields of Personal Injury Litigation and Commercial litigation.
In 2000, he received the Emilius Irving award, the highest honour of the Hamilton Law Association and he was inducted into McMaster University’s Gallery of distinguished graduates in 2002. He was named Hamilton’s Irish Person of the Year in 2015.
He has served as Chair of the Boards of St. Peter’s Hospital and the Hamilton Public Library, as a trustee of the Hamilton Board of Education and as a director of numerous other community, arts and charitable organizations. He spearheaded the initiative which led to the consolidation of Hamilton’s courts in the John Sopinka Courthouse and was instrumental in the establishment of the Lawyers’ Legacy for Children, an endowment fund of the Hamilton Community Foundation.
In 2014 he was appointed a deputy judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Small Claims Division).
Before entering law school, he was a professional actor with the Stratford Shakespearean Festival and his continuing passion for theatre is reflected in his participation as an actor and director in Hamilton’s celebrated Lawyers’ Shows. He is also a playwright and an accredited member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada.
“Dermot and his team came into our lives at a very dark time. My son’s accident left my family devastated in too many ways to mention. From the first conversation I had with him on the phone I felt a great weight lifted off my family. His kind words and friendly tone set the stage for what would be the most difficult journey of our lives, one we most certainly could not have made without him and his teem. The compassion and understanding they showed us felt like a warm blanket on a very cold time in our lives, we could not be more grateful. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you.”
– Sean, Burlington