Overview

Jeffrey Nolan is an education and labor and employment attorney with more than 25 years of experience representing clients in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Mr. Nolan is based in Holland & Knight's Boston office.

Mr. Nolan advises, educates and helps clients to manage potential conflicts, enhance the safety of individuals and environments, and successfully navigate the maze of legal obligations faced by institutions of higher education and employers. He understands that sensitive, high-stakes matters require immediate attention, and is available for clients whenever the need arises. When a conflict cannot be avoided, Mr. Nolan represents clients zealously in court and before administrative agencies. Mr. Nolan has successfully argued many cases before the Vermont Supreme Court, including cases that created favorable precedent in the higher education and employment contexts.

Higher Education Law practice: Mr. Nolan advises clients throughout the United States regarding individual situations that implicate Title IX, the Clery Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other laws that apply in the higher education context. On a system-wide basis, he conducts compliance assessments and assists clients to develop policies, practices and training programs to minimize risk and enhance compliance with those laws. Mr. Nolan helps clients comply with the Clery Act as well as its recordkeeping and annual reporting requirements.

Employment Law practice: Mr. Nolan assists employers on how to deal with day-to-day employee relations issues, advises them on how to comply with applicable employment laws and helps them create effective employment policies and training programs.

Threat Assessment / Campus and Workplace Safety practice: Mr. Nolan advises clients on threat assessment practices, which use a proven methodology to assess and manage potential risks of targeted violence in the higher education and workplace settings. In addition, he collaborates with full-time threat assessment professionals where necessary and helps clients to create appropriate violence prevention policies.

Training Programs: In client-sponsored and public venues, Mr. Nolan regularly educates higher education and human resources professionals throughout the country on best and promising practices in Title IX/Clery Act compliance, trauma-informed fair investigations of Title IX/Clery Act, and employment-related matters, threat assessment and management, ADA issues and other higher education and employment law issues.

Investigations: Mr. Nolan also provides independent investigations of sensitive campus and workplace issues, such as reports of alleged sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence or stalking, and alleged sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct.

Experience

  • Served in 2018-2019 on the American Council on Education's Title IX Working Group, which prepared ACE's comments to the pending Title IX regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Worked with Sigma Threat Management Associates in 2017-2019 to create the curriculum for, and to present, a series of three-day fair, trauma-informed investigation and adjudication programs throughout Virginia for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
  • Worked with a team to develop the curriculum for the U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored trauma-informed sexual assault investigation and adjudication training program that is referenced in the April 2014 First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault; served as pilot program faculty and a faculty member for the final four-day program that was presented in many locations around the country in 2016 through 2018
  • Worked with a team to develop and present a two-day "Title IX, VAWA and Threat Assessment Training" program for United Educators at multiple sites in June through November 2015
  • Participated as a subject matter authority in the development of the curriculum for a multiday U.S. Department of Justice-funded program, "Campus Threat Assessment Training: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Institutions of Higher Education," and co-presented that training at 10 locations throughout the United States from 2009 to 2011

Credentials

Education
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • The University of Vermont, B.A., English and Sociology, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont
Memberships
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • American Bar Association, 1992-2019
  • Vermont Bar Association, 1992-2019
  • Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP)
  • University of Vermont (UVM) Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference, Advisory Board Member, 2005-2019
  • Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), Board of Directors, 2011-2019; Past Chair, 2015-2017
  • Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, Past Chair, 2012-2013
  • Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Member, Board of Directors, Mid-2000s, Past President, 2009-2011
  • Leadership Champlain, Board of Directors, Mid-2000s, Past Chair, 2005-2007
  • Connecticut Journal of International Law, Articles Editor, 1989-1991
  • Phi Beta Kappa
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Education Law, 2007-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Employment Law – Management, 2007-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Lawyer of the Year (Vermont), Employment Law – Management, 2016
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Labor and Employment
  • New England Super Lawyers magazine, Employment & Labor Law, 2007-2018

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