WMU-Cooley Board Chair, Attorney, Inducted into MLW Hall of Fame

WMU-Cooley Law School Board of Directors Chairman Lawrence P. Nolan (Cooley Class, 1976) and Detroit area attorney Brian McKeen (Wing Class, 1982) were selected as members of Michigan Lawyers Weekly magazine’s  inaugural Hall of Fame class during a luncheon at the Detroit Marriott Troy, on May 30.

mckeen nolan

Nolan, president of Nolan Thomsen & Villas PC, represents clients in civil litigation, personal injury, and wrongful death matters. He has been a member of WMU-Cooley’s Board of Directors for 37 years and served as the State Bar of Michigan’s 82nd president.

Pictured: Brian McKeen, left, and Lawrence P. Nolan

During the ceremony, Nolan was recognized for his efforts to help create diversity in the legal field. Nolan saw the need for diversity in the legal profession and his goal was to make the bar look more like the society it serves. He played a key role in efforts to diversity enrollment at WMU-Cooley.

McKeen is founder and president of Detroit-based McKeen & Associates PC, which specializes in medical malpractice and wrongful death matters.  He is a member of the American Association for Justice Board of Governors and past president of the Michigan Association of Justice. He lectures internationally on medical malpractice and birth trauma and is credited for winning of Michigan’s largest medical malpractice verdicts.

Jun 03 2019


WMU-Cooley Law School
300 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933 
(517) 371-5140

Click here for a full sitemap

Click here for Consumer Information
(ABA-Required Disclosures)

Get Adobe Acrobat Reader
Get Adobe Acrobat Reader


Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is an independent, private, non-profit educational institution affiliated with Western Michigan University. As an independent institution, the Law School is solely responsible for its academic program. Accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. In corde hominum est anima legis.

Read non-discrimination policy


WMU Cooley Logo
In corde hominum est anima legis.

© 2019 WMU Cooley Law School