Attorney Robert W. Nolan is a respected, seasoned and aggressive criminal attorney with 15 years of trial experience in District and Superior Courthouses throughout the Commonwealth, including Martha’s Vineyard. Attorney Nolan, formerly a Falmouth Police Detective, was a law enforcement officer for 28 years. The combination of these two experiences give his clients a unique advantage, he is well versed in law enforcement protocol and will use this to his client’s advantage when working with the prosecution.

Upon graduating high school in 1966, Attorney Nolan joined the United States Navy. He served a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam and was awarded the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars in 1969.

After completing his tour of duty with the Navy, Attorney Nolan went to work for the United States Postal Service in Boston, MA. He started out as a Letter Carrier and worked his way up to Security Supervisor at Logan Airport Mail Facility. In 1975, Attorney Nolan became a police officer for the Halifax Police Department and moved on to become the prosecutor for the Hanson Police Department. In 1984 Attorney Nolan relocated to the Cape and joined the Falmouth Police Department as a police officer and was promoted to Detective in 1986.

While working as a Detective, Attorney Nolan attended Northeastern University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He later enrolled in Southern New England School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1998.

After passing the Massachusetts Bar Examination in 1999 Attorney Nolan opened his law office as a general practitioner with a concentration in criminal defense. He is well respected in his field, his trial skills and professional demeanor have earned him the respect and admiration of clients, peers, competitors and judges.

Through his combined experiences as a former police officer, detective and prosecutor, he has an in depth understanding of law enforcement investigative techniques and common prosecution tactics which allows Attorney Nolan to provide insightful legal defense for his clients.


1994 – Northeastern University – Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Graduated cum laude
1998 – Southern New England School of Law – Juris Doctor Degree


1966 – 1969 – United States Navy
Served tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam
1969 – Awarded the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars

Bar Admissions and Associations

• Massachusetts Bar Association
• Barnstable County Bar Association
• National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers