Publications

A Streetwise Guide to Litigation
By Kenneth P. Nolan
Published by the American Bar Association, 2013

A Streetwise Guide to LitigationThe law is a wonderful profession. It is also demanding and stressful and requires a multitude of talents--speaking, writing, researching, analyzing, advocating, and dealing with people. This engaging collection of articles, from Ken Nolan, captures the insights and knowledge of an experienced litigator. It’s not the stuff you were taught in law school. This guide shows you how to survive and succeed.

Ken specializes in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He has tried cases in the fields of aviation, medical malpractice, construction, the automotive industry, and contract law, and has litigated in both state and federal courts throughout the country. Written with wisdom and good humor, his collected experiences will inspire and encourage you during your journey of practicing law.

Article topics include:
  • The Basics
  • To Young Lawyers
  • Getting Business
  • The Courthouse
  • Judge & Jury?
  • How to take a Deposition
  • Settlement Negotiations
  • Jury Selection
  • Opening Statement
  • Direct Examination
  • Cross-Examination
  • Closing Argument
  • My first Trial
  • A Brand New World
  • The Client’s Suffering
  • 9/11 and the Victim Compensation Fund
  • Before and Now
  • Words
  • Hubris
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves
  • Screwing Up
  • Kentucky
  • Saints
  • The Life

It can be purchased from the American Bar Association, Publication Orders, PO Box 10892, Chicago, IL 60610-0892. Fax is 312 988 5568. Phone is 800 285 2221.

 

As co-founders of one of the country's foremost firms specializing in aviation tort law, Stuart M. Speiser and Charles F. Krause have written some of the most authoritative publications pertaining to aviation negligence, many of which have been cited by the United States Supreme Court and appellate courts throughout the nation.

In the highly specialized area of aviation law, Messrs. Speiser and Krause have published the definitive three-volume Aviation Tort Law, as well as the highly instructive article in AmJur Trials entitled Helicopter Accident Litigation. In addition, Mr. Speiser chronicled the strategy behind the firm's handling of such landmark cases as the aircrash disaster at Tenerife, Canary Islands, and the raid on Entebbe, Uganda, in the widely read book Lawsuit.

 

In the area of general tort law, Stuart Speiser, Charles Krause and Juanita Madole joined to write the third edition of the three-volume Recovery for Wrongful Death which along with the Recovery For Wrongful Death And Injury - Economic Handbook stand out amongst Mr. Speiser's numerous publications pertaining to the law of torts. Messrs. Speiser and Krause also co-authored the comprehensive and frequently cited ten-volume American Law Of Torts.

"A clear majority of States...permit recovery for loss of society...the recent trend is unmistakably in favor of permitting such recovery. [S. Speiser, Recovery for Wrongful Death 218 (1966).] Thus, our decision to permit recovery for loss of society aligns the maritime wrongful death remedy with a majority of state wrongful-death statutes."
U.S. Supreme Court in
Sea-Land Services, Inc. v. Gaudet (1974)

 

  • Courage
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Spring 2013, Volume 39 Number 2
  • Mediation
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Winter 2013, Volume 39 Number 1
  • My First Trial
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Summer/Fall 2012, Volume 38 Number 4
  • Saints
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Spring 2012, Volume 38 Number 3
  • How to Settle a Case
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Winter 2012, Volume 38 Number 2
  • Screwing Up
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Fall 2011, Volume 38 Number 1
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Summer 2011, Volume 37 Number 4
  • Evidence - A Brand New World
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Spring 2011, Volume 37 Number 3
  • Cross-Examination
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Winter 2011, Volume 37 Number 2
  • Getting Clients
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Fall 2010, Volume 37 Number 1
  • Before and Now
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Summer 2010, Volume 36 Number 4
  • To Graduates, Including My Daughter
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Spring 2010, Volume 36 Number 3
  • May It Please the Court
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Winter 2010, Volume 36 Number 2
  • Sorry
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Fall 2009, Volume 36 Number 1
  • Opening Statement
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Summer 2009, Volume 35 Number 4
  • The Real World
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Spring 2009, Volume 35 Number 3
  • Kentucky
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Winter 2008, Volume 35 Number 2

  • Judges
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Fall 2008, Volume 35 Number 1

  • Protecting Moscow from the Soviets
    Reviewed by Ken Nolan
    Appeared in New York Law Journal, Wednesday, November 19, 2008

  • Hubris
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Summer 2008, Volume 34 Number 4

  • To Young Lawyers
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Spring 2008, Volume 34 Number 3

  • How to Take a Deposition - Execution
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Winter 2008, Volume 34 Number 2

  • How to Take a Deposition - Preparation
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Fall 2007, Volume 34 Number 1

  • Words
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Summer 2007, Volume 33 Number 4

  • A Rant
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, (Vol. 33 Number 3 Spring 2007)

  • Our Practice, It's a Chaaangin'
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Winter 2007, Volume 33 Number 2

  • Law Makers, Law Breakers and Uncommon Trials
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in the Dec. 12, 2007 edition of The New York Law Journal

  • The Courthouse
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Spring 2006, Volume 32 Number 3

  • Changed Utterly
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, (Vol. 32 Number 2 Winter 2006)

  • The Basics
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Spring 2005, Volume 31 Number 3

  • In Sheep’s Clothing
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Winter 2005, Volume 31 Number 2

  • No, They Really Don’t Like Us
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Summer 2004, Volume 30 Number 4

  • Tilting the Playing Field
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, (Vol. 29 Number 3 Spring 2003)

  • The World Trade Center Tragedy and the Victim Compensation Fund - An Analysis
    By Ken Nolan and Jeanne M. O'Grady
    Appeared in Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, April 4, 2002, Issue Number 2

  • Contingency Fees: Weigh the Odds
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, (Vol. 28 Number 1 Fall 2001)

  • More Than Just Words
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, (Vol. 27 Number 3 Spring 2001)

  • The Life
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, (Vol. 24 Number 1 Fall 1997)

  • The Client's Sufferring
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, (Vol. 21 Number 3 Spring 1995)

  • Judge or Jury: The Lawyer's Perspective
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, (Vol. 21 number 1 Fall 1994)

  • Closing Argument
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Summer 1994, Volume 20 Number 4

  • Direct Examination - For Real
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, (Vol. 19 Number 3 Spring 1993)

  • Jury Selection
    By Ken Nolan
    Appeared in Litigation Magazine, Spring 1990, Volume 16, No. 3