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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 eight 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


  • Presenter, "EPA, Regulatory & Government Developments Under Current Administration, and Countering Same," 2021 DRI Asbestos Seminar, (November 4, 2021).
  • Presenter, "Attorneys Coming Together to Collaborate and Share Substantive Updates: Industrial Products," 2021 DRI Asbestos Seminar, (November 4, 2021).
  • Presenter, "Using the EPA Risk Assessment to the Greatest Defense Advantage," 2021 Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar, (June 24, 2021).
  • Presenter, "Expert Deposition Case Study: Dr. Richard Lemen and No Safe Level," The 2019 Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar, (June 2019).
  • Presenter, "Expert Experts: Strategies & Practice Pointers for Taking Down the Professional Witness," The CDLA CLE, (March 21, 2018).
  • Presenter, "Challenging Failure to Warn and Plaintiff Mock Deposition," 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).
  • Presenter, "Taking Down Plaintiff's Expert," The Aegis 2014 Claims Seminar, Miami, FL, (October 2014).
  • Presenter, "The Top Adversary Lung Cancer & Mesothelioma Experts," The DALS Conference, Las Vegas, NV, (June 2014).
  • Presenter, "Mock Closing Argument Presentation and Jury Exercise," 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).
  • Presenter, "Does Every Fiber Really Contribute?," DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar, (November 12, 2009).
  • Presenter, "The Post-OSHA Warnings Case," 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

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