Gerry Nolting – Minneapolis, Minn.

Gerry Nolting died of a heart attack on Oct. 8, 2012, in Minneapolis. He was born on Dec. 10, 1954, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Vermont as a child. While at South Burlington High School he made his mark as an athlete, champion debater, and class leader. In his senior year, Gerry received the school’s scholar-athlete award. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Vermont in 1977, he attended the University of Wisconsin School of Law, served as an editor of the law review and graduated cum laude, receiving his law degree in 1980. For the next 32 years, Gerry worked tirelessly as one of the nation’s top litigators. Following the Exxon Valdez oil spill, he used his skill as a tenacious lawyer to reach what was then the largest punitive damage settlement in United States history for the 2000 Alaskan commercial fishermen and fishing businesses he represented. Gerry worked on the case from its inception in 1989 until its conclusion in 2008. From 2010 until his death, Gerry spent much of his time in the Gulf Coast region using Exxon Valdez experience to help those harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – the worst in U.S. history. Gerry’s tireless efforts were instrumental in achieving the epic $7.8 billion global settlement. During his career, Gerry received numerous awards including the national Trial Lawyer of the Year Award (1995) and was recently recognized as the Top-Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation (American Lawyer, 2012). Among Gerry’s survivors is his father, Harold Nolting of Shelburne. A celebration of Gerry’s life will be held on Nov. 23, 2012, in Minneapolis, Minn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gerry Nolting Scholarship Fund. Please send checks to SBHS, 550 Dorset St., So. Burlington, VT 05403.

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