Christopher R. Nolen

Senior Vice President , State Government Relations

Richmond, VA

+1 804 775 1938

In addition to being a partner with McGuireWoods LLP, Chris is a senior vice president in McGuireWoods Consulting's State Government Relations group. He focuses his practice on representing clients before state and local agencies, the Virginia General Assembly, and in multistate matters involving state attorneys general.

Chris has built extensive state and local relationships through being involved in Virginia politics for more than 25 years. He served for three years in the Virginia attorney general’s office as special counsel and then chief counsel to the attorney general. In those positions, Chris sat at the intersection of the law, policy and press. Additionally, he was responsible for heading the attorney general’s legislative efforts resulting in more than 100 pieces of legislation being enacted into law. He also oversaw the official opinion process of the attorney general, which issued more than 300 formal and informal opinions interpreting state law for agencies, legislators and the governor.

Chris also served as the executive director for former Governor George Allen’s political campaign committee, as legislative assistant to state legislators who now serve as the House Republican majority leader and as a member of Congress, and has managed and advised numerous legislative campaigns and served as campaign director for a Virginia gubernatorial campaign. He also provides legal counsel to local and state elected officials regarding campaign finance, election law, recounts, election contests and ethics complaints.

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Virginia Code Commission

Chairman, Administrative Law Advisory Committee to the Virginia Code Commission

Board Member, Virginia Horse Center Foundation



Co-author, Election Law: 2012 Annual Survey of Virginia Law, 47 U. Rich. L. Rev. 181, 2012
Co-author, Election Law: 2011 Annual Survey of Virginia Law, 46 U. Rich. Rev. 119, 2011
Author, Election Law: 2009 Annual Survey of Virginia Law, 44 U.Rich.Rev. 403, 2009
Author, Election Law: 2006 Annual Survey of Virginia Law, 41 U. Rich. L. Rev. 121, 2006
Author, Election Law: 2001 Annual Survey of Virginia Law, 35 U. Rich. L. Rev. 575, 2001

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