Lawrence P. Nolan
Office: Eaton Rapids, Michigan
Phone: 517-663-3306
Fax: 517-663-4300

Educational Instruction:

  • Undergraduate: Western Michigan University, B.A., 1971
  • Law School: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1976

Professional Background:

  • Founder and President of Nolan, Thomsen & Villas, P.C., 1976 - Present.
  • Circuit Court Case Evaluator: Eaton County, Ingham County, Clinton County
  • Instructor of Agriculture and Farm Law, Michigan State University, 1976 - 2002.

Professional Affiliations:

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • District of Columbia
  • Federal District Court, Eastern/Western Districts of Michigan
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Eaton County Bar Association
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court
  • Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers
  • Eaton Rapids Rotary Club
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild
  • Jackson County Bar Association (Former)

Board of Directors:

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1983 - Present
           Vice Chairman of the Board, 1999 - Present
           Chairman Pro-Tem of the Board, 2001 - 2002
  • Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society, 1991 - Present
           Treasurer, 2001 - Present
  • Ingham County Bar Association, 2000 - 2003
           Secretary, 2000 - 2001
           Vice President, 2001 - 2002
           President-Elect, 2002 - 2003
           President, 2003-2004
  • Island City Academy, 1996 - 2000
           Michigan Charter School, Founding Member
  • Jackson Prison Paralegal Project, 1977 - 1980
  • Cooley Lawyers Credit Union, 1980 - 1990
           Vice President, 1980
           President, 1981 - 1990
  • Board of Commissioners, State Bar of Michigan, 1983 - 1985
  • Sixty Plus Clinic, 1983 - 1987
           Vice President, 1987
  • State of Michigan YMCA, 1983 - 1984
  • Eaton Rapids Rotary Club, 1983 - 1986
           President, 1985 - 1986


Lawrence P. Nolan







Recognitions and Commendations:

  • Legal Eagles Hockey Team, Founding Member and Captain, 1976 - Present
  • Eaton Rapids Jaycees: Outstanding Man of the Year, 1981
  • Honorary Texas Young Lawyer, 1984
  • Eaton Rapids Rotary Club, President 1985 - 1986
  • Cover of Benchmark Magazine, 1989
  • Louis A. Smith Distinguished Jurist Award, 1994
  • Cambridge Registry, Who's Who in American Business Leaders, 1996 - 1997
  • National Registry, Who's Who, Life Member, 1998
  • Lansing Black Lawyer's Association, Recognition for establishment of Stuart Dunnings Jr. Scholarship, 2000

Publications & Speeches:

  • Western Michigan University, Commencement Address, 1971.
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Commencement Address, 1994.
  • American Inns of Court, "Civility in the Legal Profession", 2000.
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, "Michigan No-Fault Law", 2001-Present.

Nolan named to "Best Lawyers in America."
Lawyer of the Year 2016

Lawrence P. Nolan, an Eaton Rapids attorney has been named "Lawyer of the Year" for 2016 in the Lansing area in the field of Plaintiff's Personal Injury by "Best Lawyers in America". This is the second time in three years that Nolan has been named "Lawyer of the Year" in the practice of Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation.

Nolan practices statewide and is President of the Eaton Rapids law firm of Nolan, Thomsen & Villas, P.C.

Nolan currently serves as Vice-President of the State Bar of Michigan (SBM). He is an elected Member of the SBM Board of Commissioners, and the SBM Representative Assembly. He also serves as a member of the WMU Cooley School of Law Board of Directors and sits as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2011.

Nolan has just completed a two year term as President of the Diocese of Lansing Catholic Lawyers Guild (2013-2015).

He has served as President of the Ingham County Bar Association (2003-4); the Ingham County Bar Foundation (2005-9), the Thomas M. Cooley Chapter of the American Inns of Court (2004-6) and the Eaton Rapids Rotary Club (1985-6).

He is a fellow of the Ingham County Bar Foundation and the SBM Foundation. He was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2010.

Nolan also currently serves as the Secretary of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society. He has been listed in Michigan Super Lawyers since it's original publication and was named by the American Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Michigan from 2010 through 2015.

Nolan was the recipient of the Ingham County Bar Association's prestigious Leo Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award in 2009, the Thomas M. Cooley Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013 and was named a Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2013.