Thomas J. Nolan
Tom Nolan has been certified as a criminal law
specialist by the State Bar of California for more than thirty years.
He is a fellow of the
International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of
Trial Lawyers. For more than 25 years, Mr. Nolan has been listed in The
Best Lawyers in America. In 2010, he was designated by Best Lawyers as
"Lawyer of the Year" in the San Francisco area for criminal defense.
Mr. Nolan is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the
Pre-Eminent Edition of Martindale-Hubbell.
Michael W. Armstrong
Mike Armstrong graduated from
Stanford University in 1970. He lived and worked in Florence, Italy,
for five years before returning to the United States to attend
Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.
Daniel L. Barton
Dan Barton has practiced criminal defense in the mid-peninsula since 1988. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, in 1983 from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and awarded the Prize for Academic Excellence in Latin American Studies. Mr. Barton received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1988, where his honors included induction into the Order of the Coif. While pursuing his legal education, Mr. Barton traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to research Spanish constitutional law as a Fulbright Scholar. He is fluent in the Spanish language, and has studied the legal systems of Spain, Cuba and the International Criminal Court.
Mr. Barton is a criminal law specialist certified by the California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization and a specialist member of California DUI Lawyers Association. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America and designated as a Super Lawyer by SuperLawyers.com. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Barton taught at Stanford University’s School of Law as a lecturer in the field of criminal law.
Mr. Barton serves on the Board of Governors of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and on the California State Bar, Criminal Law Advisory Commission. He is experienced in the defense of intellectual property offenses and is an expert in the complex area of driving under the influence law. Mr. Barton has represented individuals arrested at political actions on issues of reproductive rights, homelessness, affirmative action, and U.S. military policies. Mr. Barton has successfully advocated for many clients charged under the California Three Strikes law.
Working with the Palo Alto Area Bar Association, Mr. Barton set up the Lawyers in the Classroom project, which brought discussions of constitutional law issues to 10th grade students at Palo Alto and Gunn High Schools and local cable television.
Mr. Barton has achieved verdicts of acquittal at trial in cases of homicide, theft of trade secrets, conspiracy, possession, sale and manufacturing of drugs, child pornography, child molestation, theft, burglary, domestic violence, assault, battery, resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Bradford has been an associate at Nolan, Armstrong & Barton
2005. She has handled a wide variety of cases, and represented
individuals accused of murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, and drug
offenses, including medical marijuana patients. Ms. Bradford
specializes in cases involving mental health issues and
Ms. Bradford also represents individuals on appeal and in ancillary
proceedings including restraining order petitions.
Daniel Olmos first joined Nolan, Armstrong &
Barton in 2007 after beginning his legal career at the Contra Costa
County Public Defender’s Office. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Olmos
tried cases to verdict involving a wide range of charges in state and
federal court, including economic espionage, trade secret theft,
murder, attempted murder, and sexual assault. He also argued
before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and represented individuals
at parole hearings and in other post-conviction proceedings.
Mr. Olmos was named a Northern California “Rising Star” in 2010 by
Diane de Seve
de Seve has been practicing criminal defense for over 15 years. She
joined Nolan, Armstrong & Barton in 2001. She has handled a
range of state and federal cases including securities fraud, Worker’s
Compensation fraud, insurance fraud, domestic violence, assault and
battery, embezzlement, theft, burglary, forgery, resisting arrest, sex
offenses, DUI, drug offenses and child endangerment. Ms. de Seve also
has extensive experience handling juvenile matters and
suspension/expulsion hearings before school boards. Her practice also
includes representing clients before the Securities and Exchange
Nicole M. Ryan
Ms. Ryan joined Nolan, Armstrong & Barton in
2000. Her areas of practice include driving under the influence,
controlled substances and Proposition 36 cases, theft offenses,
domestic violence, assault and battery, minor in possession, juvenile
proceedings, and all other vehicle code violations and Department of
Motor Vehicle proceedings. Ms. Ryan received her J.D. from Santa Clara
University School of Law in 1998.
Shira Kieval joined Nolan, Armstrong & Barton as an associate in 2011. In addition to defending clients accused of misdemeanors and felonies in state and federal court, she helps the firm’s partners wrestle with thorny legal issues and develop complex constitutional arguments.
Shira received an Alexander Hamilton fellowship to attend law school at Columbia University. At Columbia, Shira externed with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, and with the Center for Appellate Litigation, which files criminal appeals on behalf of Manhattan’s indigent. During the summers, she interned at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and the Defender Association in Seattle. She published the Note "Discerning Discrimination in State Treatment of American Indians Going Beyond Reservation Boundaries" in the Columbia Law Review, where she was an articles editor.
After graduating from law school in 2009, Shira clerked for Judge Sidney Thomas of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Billings, Montana. Shira moved to San Francisco in 2010 to clerk for Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California, at which time she fell in love with the Bay Area.
Shira graduated from Harvard College in 2004 with a
joint concentrate in History and Literature and in Near Eastern
Languages and Civilizations. Before attending law school,
Shira worked for a Member of Congress in Washington, D.C., and studied
legal history and anthropology at the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. Shira is fluent in Hebrew and has reading and
conversational skills in Arabic.
Jenny Brandt graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a B.A. in
Sociology and double minors in Chicano/a Studies and African-American
Studies. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Ms.
Brandt graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2009 with a specialization
in Critical Race Studies. She graduated in the top 10% of her
class and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.
In 2012, Ms. Brandt joined Nolan, Armstrong & Barton, LLP, as an associate and legal assistant to Thomas J. Nolan. She continues to vigorously defend the constitution and those accused of crimes both in federal and state court.
Jill is the Office Manager at Nolan, Armstrong & Barton and legal assistant to Michael Armstrong and Daniel Barton. Jill graduated from Boise State University and has worked in the legal field for over 13 years. She is the Continuing Education Coordinator for the Santa Clara County Legal Professionals Association and the Criminal Law Section Leader for the statewide organization Legal Secretaries, Inc. (LSI). Jill is also a Notary Public for the State of California.
State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization