Frank G. Nolan, J.D.  Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard

Frank G. Nolan, J.D.

Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard

  • J.D., Law
  • M.S., Government Information Leadership – Cyber Security
  • M.A., Strategic Studies – Homeland Security and Homeland Defense
  • M.S., Strategic Intelligence
  • B.A., American Government

Assistant Professor Frank Nolan has worked extensively in the fields of foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection, and drug enforcement.

He has served as Legal Counsel to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate, the U.S. Coast Guard Counterintelligence Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Counterterrorism and Special Missions.  In addition, he has served as Judge Advocate at the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Maritime and International Law and as Assistant Legal Counsel at the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Infrastructure Protection Center.  He currently serves as a senior attorney at the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Before practicing law, Mr. Nolan served as an intelligence officer in the U.S Navy.  His assignments included Naval Special Warfare Group One, the Office of Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection at U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Maritime Strike Squadron Forty One, Fighter Squadrons One and Two, and the Fleet Intelligence Training Center, Pacific.  During his Naval career, he deployed aboard the U.S.S. Ranger during Operation Restore Hope and the U.S.S. Constellation during Operation Southern Watch.

He holds a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University, a master’s degree in strategic studies (homeland security and homeland defense) from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a master’s degree in information leadership (cyber security) from the National Defense University.  Finally, he holds a degree in American Government from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Professional Experience

  • Agency Counsel, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Claims and Litigation (2013 – present)
  • Legal Counsel, U.S. Coast Guard Counterintelligence Service (2009 – 2013)
  • Acting Deputy Legal Counsel, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Intelligence and Criminal Investigations (2011-2012)
  • Judge Advocate, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Maritime and International Law (2005 – 2008)
  • Legal Counsel, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Counterterrorism and Special Mission Operations (2004 – 2005
  • Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Information Analysis Infrastructure Protection Directorate (2003)
  • Legal Counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation National Infrastructure Protection Center (2003)
  • Honors Attorney, U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the General Counsel (2002 – 2004)
  • Intelligence Staff Officer, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Office of Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection (2002)
  • Reserve Intelligence Detachment Officer-in-Charge, Naval Special Warfare Group ONE (2001- 2002)
  • Intelligence Department Head, Maritime Helicopter Strike Squadron FORTY ONE (1998 – 2001)
  • Intelligence Systems Division Officer, Fleet Intelligence Training Center, Pacific (1995 – 1998)
  • Intelligence Division Officer, Fighter Squadrons ONE and TWO (1992-1995)

Education & Professional Certifications

  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law (2001)
  • M.S., National Defense University (Government Information Leadership – Cyber Security) (2015)
  • M.A., Naval Postgraduate School (Strategic Studies – Homeland Security and Homeland Defense) (2010)
  • M.S., National Defense Intelligence College (Strategic Intelligence)(2009)
  • B.A., Georgetown University (American Government) (1991)
  • Active Member of the State Bar of California (2002–present)
  • Uniform Code of Military Justice Trial & Defense Counsel (2004–present)
  • Chief Information Security Officer Certification (2015)

Scholarly Activity

  • Nolan, F. (2014). Confronting transnational criminal organizations: Promoting stability and economic development in the western hemisphere. The Coast Guard Journal of Safety and Security at Sea, 71(3), pp. 11-13. Retrieved from www.uscg.mil/proceedings/archive/2014/Vol71_No3_Fall2014.pdf