Foley Expands with Addition of Lisa Noller, a Top Trial Lawyer From U.S. Attorney's Office

13 September 2010 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

Member of the U.S. Attorney’s Health Care Prosecution Team and Deputy Chief in the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Has Successfully Tried Numerous Complex Criminal and Civil Cases to Jury Verdict.

Foley announced today that Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Noller has joined the firm as a partner in the Chicago office where she will join Foley’s Government Enforcement, Compliance & White Collar Defense Practice and the Health Care Industry Team.

Noller is a highly-regarded trial lawyer in the Chicago United States Attorney’s Office where she spent more than 10 years investigating and trying criminal and civil cases. Most recently she has focused on prosecuting criminal fraud cases, particularly health care and mortgage fraud matters; she has also tried other types of complex federal cases. She was also a founding member of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s team dedicated to the prosecution of health care fraud in Northern Illinois, and has worked on parallel investigations with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Noller is the latest high-profile partner to join the firm’s Chicago office this year, following the recent arrival of seven former Lovells LLP attorneys who joined the firm’s Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation Practice, led by partners Gail Goering, Eric Haab and Neal Moglin, as well as the addition of partner Ralph Dudziak to the firm’s Finance & Financial Institutions Practice.

“Following an impressive tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Lisa Noller brings her successful record of high-profile trials and investigations to Foley,” said Michael J. Tuteur, chair of Foley's Litigation Department and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. “As our clients prepare for a new era of enforcement, Lisa is the latest Assistant U.S. Attorney to join our already deep team of experienced federal trial attorneys across the country, further strengthening our white collar crime and health care fraud capabilities.”

“Lisa is a recognized and respected voice in the enforcement community in Illinois, and we are excited to have her join our accomplished team of attorneys here in Chicago,” said Mark L. Prager, managing partner of Foley’s Chicago office. “The impressive depth of experience Lisa brings in handling a broad array of enforcement matters, particularly those relating to health care fraud investigations and actions, will make her an excellent resource for our clients.”

Prior to joining Foley, Noller served as a Deputy Chief in the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section of the United States Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted numerous complex federal criminal cases involving, among other crimes, fraud, racketeering, embezzlement, political corruption, money laundering and terrorism financing. Before joining the Criminal Division, Noller also worked for three years in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office, where she represented the United States in affirmative civil enforcement and health care fraud actions. In these roles, she has successfully tried more than 30 cases to verdict for the U.S. Attorney's Office in federal court and successfully litigated numerous appeals before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She also teaches trial advocacy and Federal Criminal Practice at the University of Chicago, DePaul, and Loyola law schools.

Noller recently received the 2009 Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Excellence Award from the Chicago Crime Commission for her successful prosecution of 25 defendants in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud and money laundering case. In 2007, she earned a Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for successfully trying a 100-count racketeering case against car dealers who laundered drug proceeds through auto sales and sent proceeds to Iran.

“Lisa Noller is a gifted trial lawyer with a well-earned reputation for hard-work and excellence,” added Pamela L. Johnston, chair of Foley’s Government Enforcement, Compliance & White Collar Defense Practice. “Her experience handling both criminal fraud cases and civil False Claims Act matters provides her with a comprehensive skill set that will be very valuable to our clients when they are facing parallel investigations and proceedings. Plus, she has a trial lawyer’s personality and determination to win – clients will love having her champion their cases, particularly when those cases end up in court.”

Foley's Litigation Department is one of the largest in the country, including more than 300 attorneys nationwide with extensive experience in all aspects of complex litigation, arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Foley represents corporations in nearly every industry, handling some of the largest and most sophisticated lawsuits and investigations for major domestic and international clients.

Foley & Lardner LLP continually evolves to meet the changing legal needs of our clients. In a recent survey of Fortune 1000 corporate counsel*, Foley ranked first for superior client service and value. We also were named to the InformationWeek 500 list for four consecutive years for our client-focused technology. With nearly 1,000 attorneys in 21 offices and more than 60 practices, Foley strives to provide high-caliber business and legal insight. Our team-based approach, proprietary client service technology, and practice depth enhance client relationships while seeing clients through their most complex legal challenges.

*The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, Massachusetts)