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Erik D. Nadolink


P. 303.244.1894 | F. 303.244.1879


Erik (“Rick”) Nadolink defends companies and individuals in high-stakes product liability, toxic tort, and medical malpractice lawsuits. He has successfully defended clients in multibillion-dollar litigation and won high-exposure trials in seven states.

Rick has first and second-chaired numerous trials, winning defense verdicts in some of the most difficult plaintiffs' jurisdictions in the nation, including Los Angeles, CA; Madison County, IL; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA, and Tampa, FL, among others. He also has broad experience litigating and managing all aspects of complex litigation in addition to trial work, including complex motions practice; extensive fact and expert deposition discovery; preparing and defending corporate witnesses and employees; fact investigation; document discovery and management; use of protective orders to safeguard proprietary and privileged materials; and appellate issues.

Prior to joining Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, Rick also defended large professional financial services providers in securities litigation.


Publications & Speaking Engagements


  • "Expert Experts: Strategies & Practice Pointers for Taking Down the Professional Witness," presented at the CDLA CLE (March 21, 2018).
  • "Challenging Failure to Warn and Plaintiff Mock Deposition" presented at the 2017 Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar (DALS), Orlando, FL (June 8, 2017).
  • "Defending Transmission/Distribution Line Contact Cases," AEGIS National Claims Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ (October 2016).
  • "Cross Examination Strategy for Key Plaintiffs' Experts," DRI Defense Asbestos Litigation Conference, Las Vegas, NV (June 2016).
  • "Taking Down Plaintiff's Expert" presented at the Aegis 2014 Claims Seminar, Miami, FL (October 2014).
  • "The Top Adversary Lung Cancer & Mesothelioma Experts," presented at the DALS Conference, Las Vegas, NV (June 2014).
  • "Mock Closing Argument Presentation and Jury Exercise," presented at Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview & Outlook, San Francisco, CA (September, 2012).
  • "Shipyard and U.S. Navy Asbestos Cases and the Government Contractor Defense," presented at HarrisMartin Southeast Regional Asbestos Litigation Conference (April 2011).
  • "The Post-OSHA Warnings Case," presented at DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar (November 12, 2009).
  • "Does Every Fiber Really Contribute?" presented at DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar (November 12, 2009).


Other Experience

LeClair Ryan, P.C.
Hunton & Williams

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Super Lawyers
Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2013-2017
    Class Action/Mass Torts, 2018
Colorado Rising Stars
    Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2009-2010
Defense Research Institute
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Virginia Bar Association
The Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court

Personal Interests

Cooking, skiing, and traveling