Craig S. Nolan


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30 Main Street, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 66
Burlington, VT 05402-0066

Tel: 802-864-9891
Fax: 802-864-6815

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  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 1995
  • A.B., Dartmouth College, 1990

Prior Experience:

  • 2007-2015, Assistant United States Attorney, District of Vermont
  • 2005-2007, State’s Attorney, Washington County, Vermont
  • 2002-2005, Deputy State’s Attorney, Lamoille County, Vermont
  • 2001-2002, Law Clerk to the Honorable Fred I. Parker, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • 1995-1996, Law Clerk to the Honorable Terrence W. Boyle, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Member, Vermont Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Chittenden County Bar Association
  • Member, Dartmouth Lawyers Association
  • Member, Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Second Circuit CJA Attorney Advisory Group
  • Board Member, Vermont Works for Women
  • Justice of the Peace, Town of Waterbury
  • Former Alternate Commissioner, District 5 Environmental Commission
  • Former Board Chair, Village of Jeffersonville
  • Former Board Member, Bishop John A. Marshall School
  • Former Board Member, Good Steward Foundation of Morrisville


  • Vermont
  • United States District Court for the District of Vermont
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


Craig S. Nolan is a principal in the firm and focuses on complex civil litigation, white collar and serious felony criminal defense, and internal investigations. As part of his litigation practice, Craig defends health care entities and professionals in malpractice actions and before administrative bodies, and represents businesses in employment actions. Craig has tried more than twenty-five cases to juries in the federal and state courts of Vermont, and has appeared regularly before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Vermont Supreme Court.  He is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the field of White-Collar Criminal Defense.

Since joining the firm in April 2015, Craig has tried and won two jury trials.

  • Craig obtained a defense jury verdict on behalf of a general surgeon in a wrongful death medical malpractice action. The matter was tried for six days in Chittenden County Civil Division in May 2016.
  • Craig obtained a defense jury verdict on behalf of a federal law enforcement agent charged with assault in state court. The matter was tried in Rutland County Criminal Division in February 2016.

Prior to joining the firm, Craig served most recently as an Assistant United States Attorney in Burlington and Rutland, Vermont.  During more than eight years with the Department of Justice, Craig held the positions of Rutland Branch Chief and Lead Attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in the District of Vermont. As a federal prosecutor, Craig investigated and prosecuted financial, narcotics, violent, and other crimes. He served as lead counsel in a capital kidnapping, murder, and child pornography production case and in the largest powder cocaine and crack cocaine conspiracy cases in the history of the District.

Previously, Craig was State’s Attorney for Washington County, Vermont, and Deputy State’s Attorney for Lamoille County, Vermont. As a state prosecutor, Craig prosecuted thousands of crimes, including homicides, sexual assaults, and frauds.

Before becoming a prosecutor in 2002, Craig litigated commercial disputes and represented physicians, other professionals, and employers as a litigation associate with leading law firms in Burlington, Vermont and Raleigh, North Carolina. Craig clerked for the Honorable Fred I. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Terrence W. Boyle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Craig earned his A.B. with honors in 1990 from Dartmouth College and his J.D. with Order of the Coif honors in 1995 from William & Mary Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.