Overview

Jeffrey Nolan is an education and labor and employment attorney who represents, advises, educates and helps clients throughout the United States manage conflicts, enhance the safety of individuals and environments, and successfully navigate the maze of legal obligations faced by educational institutions and employers. He understands that sensitive, high-stakes matters require immediate attention, and is available for clients whenever the need arises. Mr. Nolan is based in Holland & Knight's Boston office.

Education Law Practice: Mr. Nolan represents and advises colleges, universities and independent schools throughout the United States regarding situations that implicate Title IX, the Clery Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other laws that apply in the higher education context. He also conducts systemwide compliance assessments and helps clients develop Title IX/Clery Act and other policies, practices and training programs to minimize risk and enhance compliance with those laws. In 2018-19, Mr. Nolan served on the American Council on Education's (ACE) Title IX Working Group that prepared ACE's comments to the U.S. Department of Education's 2020 Title IX regulations. Mr. Nolan also advises higher educational institutions on the governance, faculty relations and related challenges that they face in the current economic and regulatory environment.

Employment Law Practice: Mr. Nolan assists employers in dealing with the full range of employee relations issues, advises them on how to comply with applicable employment laws, and helps them to create effective employment policies and training programs.

Litigation Practice: Mr. Nolan has 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 has successfully argued many cases before the Vermont Supreme Court, including cases that created favorable precedent in the higher education and employment contexts.

Training Practice: In client-sponsored and public venues, Mr. Nolan regularly trains education and human resources professionals throughout the country on best and promising practices in Title IX/Clery Act compliance, witness-centered/trauma-informed fair investigations of Title IX/Clery Act and workplace harassment complaints, how to conduct hearings under the new Title IX regulations, threat assessment and management, ADA issues and other education and employment law issues. More specific information is available about Mr. Nolan's witness-centered/trauma-informed investigation 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.

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, alleged sexual harassment, faculty misconduct and other workplace misconduct.

Jeffrey Nolan is a Certified FETI® Practitioner (CFP-B). More information is available about Certified FETI.

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 First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • 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, 2007-2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Employment Law – Management, 2007-2021
  • 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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