This major symposium is in honor of the distinguished work and lifetime achievements of Matthew M Nolan, attorney at law. Matthew focuses on international trade and investment law, trade agreement negotiations and disputes, unfair trade practices investigations, and relate international issues involving private sector and government international clients.
Matthew Nolan was born in Washington DC. He received a Bachelors degree in economics and political science from Tufts University, a Masters degree in international affairs and economics from the Elliot School of International Affairs of the George Washington University, and his juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law School, Washington, DC.
In 1986, shortly after passing the bar, Nolan joined the law firm of Fulbright and Jaworski where he established an international practice with clients in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and other countries. Among other notable matters, Mr Nolan advised the Government of Canada during the North America Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
In 1998, Mr. Nolan moved his practice to the firm of Miller and Chevalier, Chartered, where he chaired the International Department from 1999-2005. During that period he managed a group of 40 professionals, and undertook several major client assignment, including representing Weyerhaeuser Company in the softwood lumber trade dispute with the United States, advising South African and Austrian companies In trade disputes involving steel products, and completed several anticorruption investigations for companies in the energy space.
In 2006, Mr. Nolan moved to his current firm, Arent Fox, LLP where he chaired the international trade practice from 2008-2015. During that period he represented the Government of Mexico in trade disputes and negotiations involving the united States and other countries, advised the Korean Government on issues related to the Korean US Free Trade Agreement, represented the Government of Argentina in successfully challenging the United States in a World Trade Organization dispute over beef, and represented several Canadian, Turkish, and Austrian clients in trade remedies actions. He has served on the Board of Advisors of the Elliot School of International Affairs (2001-2015) and the Board of the Canadian American Business Council.
Mr. Nolan is a frequent speaker on issues involving free trade and disputes, and the recent trend toward economic nationalism: