Noel Francisco represents companies and individuals in civil and criminal litigation involving federal and state governments, including lawsuits against governments, enforcement actions by governments, and congressional investigations.
Noel represented the Noel Canning Corporation in its successful challenge to President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. He also represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a successful First Amendment challenge to a federal regulation requiring cigarette manufacturers to display graphic warnings on cigarette packages; the Free Enterprise Fund in a successful challenge to the constitutionality of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; and the International Coal Group in connection with a congressional investigation into the January 2, 2006 Sago Mine accident in Sago, West Virginia. He also advises clients in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, the Alien Tort Statute, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In 2013, The National Law Journal named Noel as one of The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.
Noel is chair of the Firm's Government Regulation Practice. He has testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law on separation of powers, and administration law reform issues. He also provides commentary to the major media on a wide range of legal issues and has appeared on ABC's Nightline, CNN's Larry King Live and Paula Zahn Now, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and several National Public Radio programs.
Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice (2003-2005) and Associate Counsel to the President of the United States (2001-2003)
Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell's corruption convictions unanimously vacated by Supreme Court and DOJ later drops case
Reynolds American acquires Lorillard for $27.4 billion
Noel Canning victorious as U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules to invalidate President Obama's 2012 recess appointments to NLRB
Honors & Distinctions
Appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the District of Columbia's Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure
Law Clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court (1997 Term) and Law Clerk to Judge J. Michael Luttig, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (1996 Term)