Since joining Frost Brown Todd, Nolan has carved a niche as a go-to business litigation and regulatory attorney. In particular, Nolan has successfully handled complex commercial disputes in federal and state courts throughout Kentucky and has represented clients in administrative, civil, and criminal proceedings on various federal and state law claims. Additionally, he has helped grow Frost Brown Todd’s hemp regulatory group into the preeminent practice in the United States. In this role, Nolan has advised clients at all levels of the hemp and derivative products supply chains on myriad issues, including compliance, contract enforcement, import/export, inspections, labeling and packaging, licensing, and litigation.
Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, Nolan gained extensive work experience in government, which has facilitated his efforts drafting hemp legislating and advising lawmakers and regulatory officials on hemp issues. Specifically, Nolan has completed internships with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office and Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. Nolan has also worked for two members of the House of Lords and a member of the U.S. Congress. While in law school, Nolan was a member of the Moot Court Board National Team and Kentucky Law Journal. He also represented the University of Kentucky College of Law as a Student Government senator and University Supreme Court Justice.
Under emergency circumstances, assisted client in being deemed a life-sustaining business and being permitted to resume operations during COVID-19 closure
Counseled dozens of clients on myriad hemp business and regulatory matters, including federal preemption, interstate commerce, import and export, joint venture, labeling and packaging compliance, and licensing and registration
In federal court, won $362,000 judgment on brokerage agreement claim
Won dismissal of felony criminal indictment against hemp products distributor
In federal court, won dismissal of $15 million complaint asserting conspiracy, fraud, and RICO claims
Successfully represented hemp processor before Kentucky Department of Agriculture on administrative violations
In various federal courts, successfully represented multiple clients against website accessibility claims asserted under the Americans With Disabilities Act
In federal immigration court, pro bono representation of petitioner for asylum and adjustment of status
Represented presidential candidate in student government election appeal
University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 2016
University of Kentucky, B.A., Political Science, 2013, magna cum laude
Johns Hopkins University, Certificate in Intelligence (pending completion)
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
CALI Award, Law and The Wire: A Seminar, 2016
Best Oral Advocate, Legal Research & Writing Club, 2014
Henry Clay Award, Kentucky Society of Washington, 2012
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Trees Lexington!, Inc., Director
Governor-elect Andy Beshear and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jacqueline Coleman Transition Team, Energy & Environment Cabinet subcommittee
Kappa Sigma Fraternity
Nolan M. Jackson, What the Polls Produce: Why Kentucky Should Retain Nonpartisan Elective Selection of its Supreme Court Justices, 105 Ky. L. J. 453 (2017).
Jonathan S. Miller & Nolan M. Jackson, The Evolving Law and Regulation of Industrial Hemp in the United States, 8 J. of Animal & Envtl. L. 12 (2017).
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