Stu Nolan is the founder and managing attorney of LegalWorks Apostolate, PLLC, an expressly faith-driven law practice that serves like-minded individuals, families, lay apostolates, and Church institutions, by providing “counsel for a Culture of Life”. In this capacity, he has represented hundreds of Christian organizations.
Stu earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America and is a member of the Virginia Bar, as well as the National Lawyers Association, the Federalist Society, and the Thomas More Society.
Stu is also founder and chairman of the WitnessWorks Foundation for a Culture of Life, which is supported in part by tithing from his law practice. The foundation’s programs focus on the New Evangelism, including a defense of the traditional family and the encouragement of authentic manhood and authentic femininity. As part of its Faithful Youth initiative, in 2013 the Foundation launched Faithful Troops of the Immaculata, which promotes the development of a robust Catholic culture in boys adventuring units.
Stu currently serves as chairman of the National Catholic Committee of Trail Life USA, the Internet presence of which is hosted by WitnessWorks at www.CatholicTrail.com. In addition, Stu serves as chairman on the Board of Directors of Human Life International, the world's largest international pro-life advocacy organization. A previous director of Life Decisions International, he currently serves on that organization’s Board of Advisors. The pro-life movement has long relied on LDI for research regarding corporate contributions to Planned Parenthood.
The transformation of Stu’s law practice from a more traditional and secular focus began with his participation in the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal society for Catholic men in which he is a 4th degree member. After serving as Grand Knight of his local council, he began to prayerfully discern a less compartmentalized approach to family, professional, and spiritual life. This eventually resulted in the LegalWorks model of assisting clients with counsel that is also informed by fidelity to the teachings of the Church.
Stu is a former scoutmaster and founding Troopmaster of Troop VA-1212, a troop named for the dual purposes of recalling, (i) the Biblical exhortation in Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in adversity, and faithful in prayer,” as well as (ii) the December 12th feast day of the Blessed Virgin under her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn.
Stu and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 21 years and have been blessed with five children, ages 5 to 16 years. They are active in parish life at St. John the Baptist parish in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Their children actively participate in TLUSA and AHG troops chartered by Chelsea Academy in Front Royal, Virginia.