Francis J. Nolan

Francis J. Nolan

Attorney Director
Newton, Massachusetts

Francis Nolan has been an attorney director at Harmon Law Offices, PC, in Newton since 2007.  Before becoming an attorney director, Fran was Harmon's Foreclosure Department attorney manager for eight years.

Fran's present practice focuses on residential foreclosures in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. He regularly advises clients with respect to legislative and regulatory developments and compliance with state foreclosure laws. Fran served as the President of the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts in 2017.
Fran also has significant experience representing creditors in residential real estate conveyances, bankruptcy and eviction matters, and litigation issues arising from real estate transactions. Fran is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals (First Circuit).

In addition, Fran is an active member of the Title Standards Committee of the Rhode Island Bar Association, and has served on the Joint Foreclosure Task Force for the Massachusetts Bar Association. Fran is a graduate of the University of Rochester and the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. 

Fraternities and Sororities:

  • Chi Phi Fraternity

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Real Estate

Litigation Percentage

  • 5% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1993
  • Rhode Island, 1995
  • New Hampshire, 2004
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1995


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D.
    • Law Journal: Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy, Staff Member, 1992 - 1993
  • University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Major: English and Political Science

Published Works

  • Crocker's Notes on Common Forms, Ch. 10, MCLE, 10th Edition (2d Supp.), 2018
  • Massachusetts Mortgages, Foreclosures & Workouts, MCLE, 6th Edition (2nd Supp.), 2019
  • Real Estate Title Practice in Massachusetts, Ch. 17, MCLE, 3d Edition (1st Supp.), 2017
  • Nat'l Mtg. Servicer's Resource Directory, "Massachusetts", USFN, 34th Edition, 2018


  • Mortgages, Foreclosures and Workouts, MCLE, 2001 - 2010
  • Issues in Loss Mitigation and REO Sales, Worcester City Bar Association, 2008
  • Foreclosures, Nuts and Bolts, REBA, 2005
  • Representing Borrowers in a Workout or Foreclosure, Mass. Bar Association, 2006
  • Understanding Lien Priorities, MCLE, 2009 - Present
  • Training on the New Foreclosure Law, Mass. Bar Association, 2010
  • Implementing the State's New Foreclosure Law, Mass. Bankers Association, 2012
  • Current Legislative Topics, REBA, 2012 - 2017
  • Notary Nightmares, REBA, May 2, 2016 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Member, 1995 - Present
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Member, 2004 - Present
  • Mass. Bar Association Joint Foreclosure Task Force, Member, 2010 - 2012
  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, Member, 2006 - Present
  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, Co-Chair, Legislation Committee, 2012 - 2016
  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, President, 2017

Past Employment Positions

  • Topkins & Bevans, Associate, 1994 - 1997

Pro Bono Activities

  • Secretary, Cub Scout Pack 635, Melrose, MA, 2009 - 2014
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Chi Phi Educational Trust, Suwanee, GA, 2014 - Present


  • Chi Phi