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

The founder of LegalWorks Apostolate, PLLC, Stu Nolan primarily represents Christian apostolates, Catholic institutions, "Pro-Life" organizations, and faithful families with businesses or ministries, all with legal needs. Law practice areas include administrative litigation, appellate practice, business entity formation, copyright, First Amendment, nonprofit law, regulatory compliance, contracts, and transactions. Historically, his practice has focused on 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.

Stu 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. 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.

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Stu is chairman of the Board of Directors of Human Life International, the world's largest international pro-life advocacy organization. He is also founder and executive director of the WitnessWorks Foundation for a Culture of Life. WitnessWorks operates a Catholic radio facility serving the northern Shenandoah Valley, as well as an online forum at Veritatis Splendor. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Life Decisions International

Stu serves on the Board of Directors of Trail Life USA, an expressly Christian youth adventuring organization. He 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.


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, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce.

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. Stu became a shareholder in the firm, then known as Wood, Maines & Nolan, PC, before leaving in late 2010 in order to focus entirely on an expressly faith-driven law practice.


Stu and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 24+ years and have been blessed with five children, ages 8 to 19 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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