Elizabeth L. Foster-Nolan*

Elizabeth L. Foster-Nolan*

Director of Professional Development
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Elizabeth L. Foster-Nolan*



Elizabeth Foster-Nolan, a former practicing attorney and social worker, is the Director of Professional Development for Goulston & Storrs, and was the first full-time Professional Development Director appointed by the firm.

As part of the Legal Talent Team, Elizabeth works with attorneys to provide them with the tools needed to become well-rounded attorneys and trusted advisors for firm clients.  Elizabeth helps develop and implement developmental skills for associates in all practice areas, ensuring that associates attain the skills and experience needed to counsel their clients at an increasingly sophisticated level, while maintaining an emphasis on collaborative teamwork, as well as civility toward and respect for all parties.

Elizabeth is also responsible for working with and coaching associates to develop individual development plans to assist them in their career development. Elizabeth works closely with the Associate Development, Diversity and Associate Review Committees on initiatives and changes that will enhance the mentoring programs, practice group curriculum and the associate review process so that associates will achieve their professional goals and continually grow as attorneys.

Elizabeth is an active member of the Professional Development Consortium “PDC” (an association of professionals working at law firms, law schools, government agencies and corporations who are responsible for developing and administering training and continuing professional development for attorneys). She was also a member of the working group that developed the PDC competencies and benchmarks for legal talent professionals. 

She is an active mentor to other legal talent professionals and has been involved as a member and chair of several conference planning committees. Elizabeth practiced employee benefits law prior to deciding to combine her human resource and law firm experiences to assist attorneys in navigating life in a law firm.

Elizabeth is a frequent presenter at the PDC and NALP/ PDI conferences speaking on a variety of topics that impact legal talent professionals as well as the attorneys they work with daily. She is also a certified Practitioner in MBTI Step I and Step II Instruments, and is a trained debate moderator for the Massachusetts League of Women Voters who annually moderates local candidate forums and debates.

*Elizabeth Foster-Nolan is not a practicing attorney.


  • Professional Development Consortium (PDC)
  • Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD)
  • National Association for Law Placement (NALP)
  • Massachusetts League of Women Voters


  • St. Francis College  (B.A., magna cum laude, 1980)
  • Duquesne University School of Law  (J.D., 1990)