Alumni Profiles

Nathan StandleyNathan Standley

While Nathan Standley, L’11, for the most part, practices corporate law outside the courtroom with Allen, Pinnix & Nichols, P.A. in Raleigh, some of his work has made it all the way to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“I have had the honor of playing a significant role in two ongoing cases currently before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals involving a state occupational licensing board and the Federal Trade Commission,” Standley said. “In these cases, I have co-authored briefs on issues at the intersection of constitutional, administrative, and antitrust law.”

A graduate of North Carolina State University, Standley earned degrees in business management and political science. He also earned a masters certificate in project management from George Washington University. Prior to law school, Standley worked as a senior product manager at Capitol One Financial in Richmond and McLean Va.

Standley graduated magna cum laude from Elon Law and earned a spot on the Dean’s List each semester. He was named a Gail Drew Scholar and was the Notes and Comments Editor of the Elon Law Review, as well as a member of the Moot Court Board and the Business Law Society.

While in law school, Standley worked as summer law clerk with the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts in the Legal & Legislative Service Division in Raleigh. He was also an intern for Revenue Section of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office in Raleigh and a research assistant for Elon Law Professor Thomas Molony.

“I had the privilege to serve as a research assistant to Professor Molony for almost two years,” Standley said. “I highly recommend this experience for current students because it enabled me to gain far more experience in areas that I wanted to practice in than my traditional coursework. I was able to delve into practice areas that I found interesting while being able to help Professor Molony advance his research in several hot-button areas of the law.”

Standley advises students to find their passion and build relationships around that passion while at Elon. He also encourages students to take advantage of networking opportunities provided by the school and extracurricular activities.

“Do not let three years pass you by without opening yourself up to the school and the community because there are too many resources available to merely show up and occupy a seat in a classroom,” Standley said. “Regardless of what you want to do with your law degree, embrace the opportunity to grow as a person and as a professional.  Seek out and nurture relationships with professors, advocates, mentors and friends.  Your time and your efforts will bear far more fruits personally and professionally if you can find some organization, activity or interest that you are passionate about.”