Nolan is an associate in the firm’s electric and energy transition practices where he represents clients engaged in developing and operating energy infrastructure and renewable energy facilities. He is highly skilled at engaging with federal, state, and local agencies in administrative and regulatory processes, advising on permitting and compliance matters, and defending clients in litigation.

Prior to Van Ness Feldman, Nolan practiced at an international law firm in San Francisco where he worked on complex litigation and environmental issues. Before entering private practice, he worked at the U.S. Department of Energy on its energy transition programs and on federal energy efficiency regulations.

Nolan received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2020. While at HLS, Nolan worked on the Harvard Environmental Law Review and at the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. He also completed a summer clerkship with EarthJustice focusing on clean energy issues. Nolan received his B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015.

  • Experience
  • Professional Affiliations

    Conference of California Public Utility Counsel

    Energy Bar Association

  • Awards & Honors
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    California State Bar
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
    U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Government Service

    Attorney Advisor & Honors Attorney, United States Department of Energy

  • News & Presentations
  • Thought Leadership


Harvard Law School J.D., 2020; Harvard Environmental Law Review, Article Editor

University of California, Los Angeles B.A., Communications Studies