Lisa Noller is a trial lawyer and investigator with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she is chair of the Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practice. She has spent over 20 years investigating, litigating and trying complex criminal and civil cases, responding to government investigations, conducting corporate internal investigations, and persuading the government not to pursue clients. As a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Ms. Noller has been recognized for her trial success in a wide variety of over 30 civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts. She represents companies and individuals in parallel civil and criminal proceedings initiated by government agencies for alleged wrongdoing, and proactively counsels clients in enforcement and other litigation matters. She is a member of the firm’s national management committee, as well as a member of the firm's Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practices as well as the Health Care, Medical Devices, Life Sciences, and Food & Beverage Industry Teams.
Prior to joining Foley, Ms. Noller was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, where she worked in both the civil and criminal divisions of the office. She was a member of the U.S. Attorney's team dedicated to the prosecution of health care fraud in Northern Illinois, and she has worked on numerous complex fraud cases as well as parallel investigations with the Securities and Exchange Commission. From 2007-2010, Ms. Noller served as a deputy chief in the U.S. Attorney's Office, most recently in the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section, where she prosecuted complex federal criminal cases from investigation through appeal involving the Antikickback Statute (AKS), Stark Law, mortgage fraud, bank fraud, health care fraud, tax fraud, research grant fraud, racketeering, embezzlement, political corruption, money laundering, obstruction of justice and terrorism financing. Before joining the Criminal Division, Ms. 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, including False Claims Act matters, and she defended the United States in civil cases. In addition to her trial experience, Ms. Noller also has successfully argued numerous appeals before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Noller is a frequent writer and speaker on topics related to anti-corruption compliance programs, fraud, internal investigations, whistleblowers, the False Claims Act, Stark, the Anti-kickback Statute and the FCPA, among other topics. She has been interviewed and quoted for her insight about legal developments in these areas in publications such as InsideCounsel, Law360, The American Lawyer, Mimesis Law, and Corporate Secretary.
Among her many other publications, she is a co-author of a chapter on “Criminal and Civil Penalties” in Problems in Health Care Law: Challenges for the 21st Century, 10th ed., published by Jones and Bartlett Learning (2013). For a full list of her publications, please click here.
Ms. Noller is the recipient of the 2017 Women in Business Worldwide’s Healthcare Award for Best Healthcare Attorney - Illinois. She also 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 RICO case against car dealers who laundered drug proceeds through auto sales and sent proceeds to Iran.
Ms. Noller was listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of litigation: white collar crime and government investigations (2018), recognized by The Legal 500 for her work in health care and dispute resolution (2017), and by The Best Lawyers in America© for her work in criminal defense: white collar (2018 - 2019). She also was selected for inclusion in the 2007 and 2014 - 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers® lists and was named to the Top 50: 2015 Women Illinois Super Lawyers. In 2015, Ms. Noller was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers.*
Ms. Noller is a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School, where she founded and teaches the Prosecution and Defense Clinic and is a member of the school's visiting committee and public service advisory board. She is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern Law School, where she teaches trial advocacy. Ms. Noller is also a 2008 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, and a Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago board member. Ms. Noller is a member of the Illinois-Upstate State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.
Ms. Noller earned her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1995), where she was an articles editor of the Roundtable Law Journal and a recipient of the Ann Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award. She received her bachelor's degree in political science and international studies from Boston College (B.A., cum laude, 1992).
In 2014, Ms. Noller earned a white belt certificate in legal lean sigma® and project management from the Legal Lean Sigma Institute.
Ms. Noller is admitted to practice law in Illinois. She is also a member of the trial bar and is admitted to practice before the Northern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Western District of Wisconsin, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Seventh Circuits and the District of Columbia Circuit.
*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.