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Brian J. Nolan, 39

Principal, Carmody MacDonald, St. Louis

Practice areas: Real estate, finance and corporate

Law school: Saint Louis University

Brian Nolan believes that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing well.

“Whether I am negotiating the terms of a complex transaction or a simple contract, volunteering my time on local charity boards, or coaching youth sports, I want to engage with the task at hand and do the best I can,” he says.

It is a philosophy that has served him well ever since he graduated 18th out of 218 in his Saint Louis University School of Law class where he served as president of both the Environmental Law Society and the Entertainment & Sports Law Association.

Nolan has spent more than a decade at Carmody MacDonald where he dealt with matters ranging from the Kiel Opera House redevelopment to the NGA West project. He was named a partner in the firm in 2013.

In the wider community, he also serves as president of the St. Louis Chapter of the Risk Management Association and has been involved with the Mid-County YMCA and the U.S. Green Building Council. He is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Clayton.

What inspired you to get involved in the legal profession?

I have always been interested in the law. I would often tell my grandma I was going to be President one day, and during my academic career I studied various legal theories and political philosophies related to the rule of law. I really trace my career track back to DeSmet High School, where I took a business law class and realized I had a keen interest in the intersection of business and law.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Be actively involved in your community and don’t just focus on billing hours.

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