Latham Hires Top Skadden Litigator in L.A.

Latham & Watkins has hired the chair of Skadden’s West Coast litigation department.

Thomas Nolan, a former federal prosecutor whose clients have included Toyota Motor Corporation, MGA Entertainment, Inc. and Allianz Life Insurance Company, will work for Latham in downtown Los Angeles.

Nolan said Latham is “the only other firm on the planet” where he would consider practicing law, other than Skadden.

“Latham provided me a longer glide path and a stronger leadership role on their international litigation trial practice to continue what I love to do, and that is try cases,” Nolan said in an interview. “Unfortunately, I’m not good at anything else. I don’t play golf, and I’ll never slow down.”

 

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A Skadden spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nolan had been with Skadden for 14 years having joined from the now-defunct Howrey LLP.

During his time with the firm, he advised Toyota Motor Corporation on its defense of unintended acceleration class-action and individual litigation, as well as MGA Entertainment, Inc. in litigation against Mattel Inc. over claims the company stole plans from its rival regarding its Bratz line of dolls, according to his old Skadden biography.

In a search of Bloomberg Law, Nolan has recently advised Kia Motors America, Inc. in a 2016 trademark lawsuit filed against it by Allstate Insurance Company. He is also working on the same case as Ted Boutrous of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in representing lenders such as CashCall and WS Funding, LLC and Delbert Services Corp in litigation over deceptive practices brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Previously, Nolan served as chief of fraud and special prosecutions in the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office. He worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in that office from 1975 to 1979.

Nolan received his undergraduate degree and his juris doctor from Loyola University.

Additionally, Latham hired litigator Joshua Hamilton from Paul Hastings in Century City. Hamilton has represented public and private companies at trial in securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions.

He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.

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