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Finder Editorial Review Board Member: Douglas E. Noll, JD, MA

Award-winning lawyer, mediator and author with over 40 years in the legal industry.

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Douglas E. Noll, JD, MA

  • Founder of a high-level mediation and arbitration practice
  • Former business and commercial trial lawyer for 22 years
  • Graduate professor at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law
  • Senior consultant with Mobius Executive Leadership
  • Legal expert in personal finance, mortgages, banking, lending, debt relief, bankruptcy and liability insurance


Douglas E. Noll earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a law degree from University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law and a master’s degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies from Fresno Pacific University.


In 2000, Noll left a successful career as a business and commercial trial lawyer to become a peacemaker. With a calling to serve humanity, Noll’s work carries him around the world helping people resolve deep interpersonal and ideological conflicts.

Noll has earned a reputation as a successful author, teacher, trainer and mediator. He also teaches a graduate course called Decision-Making Under Uncertainty and Conflict at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law.

Publications and accomplishments

When he’s not running his award-winning mediation and arbitration practice, Doug Noll stays busy lending his expertise to various publications, nonprofits and community organizations.

Career highlights

  • Author of four published books and contributing writer of two others
  • Named California Attorney of the Year in 2012 for pro bono Prison of Peace project
  • Cofounder of nonprofit organization committed to reducing violence and promoting peaceful conflict resolution among prison inmates
  • Listed in the Who’s Who of International Commercial Mediators
  • Guest on over 50 podcasts, radio and TV shows

Published books

Featured publications and podcasts

  • “The Billionaire Lifestyle Podcast” with Host Emmitt Muckles
  • The Business Journal
  • Bustle
  • “Conversations About Divorce” with host Mandy Walker
  • Entrepreneur
  • The Fresno Bee
  • The Good Men Project
  • Healthline
  • “IE Radio” with host Shirley Maclaine
  • “The Jenny McCarthy Show” with host Jenny McCarthy on Sirius XM
  • Yahoo Lifestyle

Community service

  • Cofounder of Prison of Peace nonprofit organization
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees at San Joaquin College of Law
  • Charter member of Mediators Beyond Borders


  • Distinguished Neutral of the Year by the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2018
  • Sid Leezak Award for Excellence by the International Academy of Mediators, 2017
  • Encore Purpose Prize Fellow, 2014
  • Lawyer of the Year for Northern California by Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Attorney of the Year (CLAY Award) for Pro Bono Service (with Laurel Kaufer) by California Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • International Peace and Justice Book Award by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, 2011
  • Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer and one of the Best Lawyers in America, 2006 to 2021

Industry insights from Douglas E. Noll

We asked Noll to flex his legal expertise by answering a few questions on financing for business owners.

What common mistakes do small business owners make when looking for financing?

“They don’t seek out credit lines when they are making money. The best time to seek financing is when you do not need it.”

What steps should business owners take before looking into financing?

“Consult a good business lawyer and tax and business accountant. The cost of a consultation might be $2,500 or more, but it will save you much more in the long run.”

How has the new normal of working from home changed the way companies do business?

“Managing and motivating staff is different and perhaps more challenging. Teaching employees how to be disciplined while working from home should be a priority.”

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