Joshua Nolan is a higher education attorney with a litigation background. Throughout his career, he has helped numerous universities, public institutions and private colleges handle many facets of education law, including Title IX, and he manages sensitive litigation and administrative actions for individuals, institutions, and universities.

Josh understands that higher education law involves complicated and personal issues, so he takes an unbiased, professional and knowledgeable approach to identify, resolve and prevent such issues. Because he has more than 10 years of experience as a college administrator, he knows the intricacies of academic cultures and is able to anticipate risks and alleviate threats for his clients before they become problematic. He strives to empower his clients to handle difficult situations, leading them to a reasonable and compliant resolution.

Specifically, Josh’s experience includes risk management, privacy law compliance, campus conduct, First Amendment issues and student mental health intervention. He has performed investigations regarding sexual harassment and misconduct for both corporations and educational institutions. He manages Title IX, FERPA and Clery Act compliance and has drafted and reviewed student conduct, speech codes and crisis management policies and procedures. Likewise, he advocates for clients in both state and federal court and administrative hearings for regulatory, criminal and commercial litigation issues.


University of Akron School of Law (J.D. cum laude), 2009

Indiana University (M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs), 1999

Boston College (B.A. in English), 1997


Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Education Law), 2023

Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers ( Schools & Education; General Litigation), 2013–2019

Professional Activities

Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys

Member, Association of Student Conduct Administrators

Member, Advisory Board, The Journal of College and University Law

Member, Ohio Bar Association

Member, Akron Bar Association


Presentations & Publications

Speaking Engagements

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Joshua D. Nolan

  • 1350 Euclid Avenue
    Suite 650
    Cleveland, OH 44115 -1840


  • Ohio (2009)
  • Pennsylvania (2024)
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit
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