Christopher Nolen

Executive Vice President, State Government Relations

Richmond, VA

+1 804 775 1938


In addition to being an attorney with McGuireWoods LLP, Chris is an executive vice president in McGuireWoods Consulting. His government affairs practice consists of representing clients before the Virginia legislature, executive branch and state and local agencies.

Chris’ legal practice involves advising companies on political law compliance activities, including lobbying, gift restrictions involving public officials, campaign finance, and government ethics laws. He also holds the CIPP/US credential as a Certified Information Privacy Professional from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

With more than 25 years of experience in Virginia government and politics, Chris has developed a deep knowledge of Virginia state and local government and the legislative and regulatory process. Drawing on his experience as a lobbyist and as the former chief counsel to a Virginia attorney general, Chris assists clients in developing and implementing legislative and regulatory strategies to meet their business and public policy objectives.

Chris brings a unique perspective to his political law practice because of his government relations experience. Understanding the political process and the practice of government relations is essential to advising a client on how to comply with the myriad of federal, state and local rules governing lobbying, ethics, conflicts of interest, ethics in public procurement and campaign finance, while still achieving the client’s business and public policy objectives.


Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Virginia Code Commission

Virginia Commissioner, Uniform Law Commission



Election Law and Government Ethics: 2015 Annual Survey of Virginia Law, 50 U. Rich. L. Rev. 143, 2015
Election Law, 47 U. Rich. L. Rev. 181, 2012
Election Law, 46 U. Rich. Rev. 119, 2011
Election Law, 44 U.Rich.Rev. 403, 2009
Election Law, 41 U. Rich. L. Rev. 121, 2006
Election Law, 35 U. Rich. L. Rev. 575, 2001

Contracts and State Local Procurement

Executive and Legislative Affairs

Local Government Relations

Regulatory Solutions

Strategic Communications and Grassroots

Strategic Positioning

Christopher Nolen