Stuart W. Nolan, Jr., Esq., Managing Attorney

Stu Nolan primarily represents Christian apostolates, Catholic institutions, "Pro-Life" organizations, and faithful families with legal needs in the areas of administrative litigation, appellate practice, business entity formation, copyright, First Amendment, nonprofit law, regulatory compliance, contracts, and transactions. Historically, his practice has focused on broadcast spectrum users and especially those interested in expanding the coverage of evangelistic media. He is general counsel to, and a former officer of, the Catholic Radio Association, and he represents many of that organization's members. He is a member of the Virginia Bar and is admitted to practice before the Federal Courts of Appeals for the District Columbia and Fourth Circuits.

The founder of LegalWorks Apostolate, PLLC, Stu is also founder and chairman of the WitnessWorks Foundation for a Culture of Life. WitnessWorks has built an Internet presence through its online forum at Veritatis Splendor, and through its Faithful Youth initiative, it has launched the Faithful Troops of the Immaculata, which promotes the development of robust Catholic culture in youth adventuring units. The foundation's Faithful Media initiative resulted in its securing federal authorization to launch a new low power FM Catholic radio station serving Strasburg, Virginia, and surrounding portions of the Shenandoah Valley.

Stu is a chairman of the Board of Directors of Human Life International, the world's largest international pro-life advocacy organization, and serves on the Board of Directors of Trail Life USA, an expressly Christian youth adventuring organization. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of Life Decisions International and is founding chairman of the National Catholic Committee of Trail Life USA and Troopmaster of Our Lady of Guadalupe Troop 1212, a unit of Trail Life USA.

Stu is a Past Grand Knight of St. John Bosco Council #12846 in Springfield, Virginia. He is a member of the National Lawyers Association, the Federalist Society, the Brent Society, John Carroll Society, the Thomas More Society, and Federal Communications Bar Association.


Born and raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Stu earned his law degree at Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law in 1998. He was a research assistant in that school's Law & Religion Program and earned certificates from its Institute for Communications Law Studies and from a special program in Law & Public Policy.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Stu received his undergraduate degree in political science and communications from American University in 1992. He then worked extensively in the public policy realm of Washington, DC, gaining experience at think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, Capital Research Center, and the Progress & Freedom Foundation, as well as the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, and as a clerk with a legislative law practice.

Stu began his legal career by representing broadcasters at the Washington, DC, law firm of Wood, Maines & Brown, Chartered, beginning a tenure that would stretch for a dozen years working alongside the firm's majority shareholder, Barry D. Wood, Esq. Stu became a shareholder in the firm, then known as Wood, Maines & Nolan, PC, and the firm re-located across the Potomac River to Arlington, Virginia. He left the firm in late 2010 in order to focus entirely on an expressly faith-driven law practice. (His previous firm is now known as Wood Martin & Hardy, PC.)

Stu recently co-authored an Amicus Curiae Brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, in which he represented Belmont Abbey College, Human Life International,, and World Apostolate for Fatima USA, in a case where the Supreme Court of Louisiana, applying a mandatory reporting statute in the context of the Sacrament of Confession, was poised to violate the seal of the confessional. A copy of the Brief can be viewed here.


Stu and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 20+ years and have been blessed with five children, ages 4 to 15 years. They are active in parish life at St. John the Baptist parish in Front Royal, Virginia, and in the John Carrell Jenkins council of the Knights of Columbus, where Stu is a member of the Fourth Degree.

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