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Douglas E. Noll

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADoug Noll is an acclaimed advanced mediation advocacy and legal negotiation skills trainer. As a mediator, he specializes in mediating difficult, complex, and intractable conflicts. Since his first meditation in 1983, he has conducted over 1,500 mediations, both litigated and non-litigated. In addition to his law degree, Mr. Noll has a Masters Degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. Mr. Noll is AV-rated and was a business and commercial trial lawyer for 22 years before becoming a full-time mediator. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, a panel member of the Agency for Dispute Resolution, a panel member of the California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and on the American Arbitration Association panel of mediators and arbitrators. Mr. Noll was one of the first U.S. mediators certified under the international mediator standards established by the International Mediation Institute. He is listed in the Who’s Who of International Commercial Mediators. Mr. Noll is currently the president of the California Dispute Resolution Council, a post he has held since 2012. Along with his colleague Laurel Kaufer, Mr. Noll was honored by California Lawyer Magazine as California Attorneys of the Year in 2012 for their pro bono Prison of Peace project. Mr. Noll has also been honored as a 2014 Lawyer of the Year by BestLawyers.com He is the creator of Negotiation Mastery for the Legal Pro, an on-line legal negotiation training course. He is the author of Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus Books, April 2011). Elusive Peace was the winner of the Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) International Peace and Justice Book Award for 2011. In addition, Mr. Noll is the author of Sex, Politics & Religion at the Office: The New Competitive Advantage (Auberry Press 2006), with John Boogaert, and Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of Law and Human Conflict (Cascadia 2002). He has written numerous articles on peacemaking, negotiation, restorative justice, conflict resolution and mediation. He is a trainer, lecturer, and continuing education panelist. Doug has been voted as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2005 by US News & World Report and has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer. Mr. Noll is host of the radio show The Doug Noll Show that streams live on wsRadio.com Thursday evenings at 7 pm Pacific. Mr. Noll’s teaching affiliations include:

    • Adjunct Professor of Law, San Joaquin College of Law
    • Core Faculty, American Institute of Mediation
    • Faculty Member, Advanced Professional Skills Development Program, Straus Institute, Pepperdine School of Law
    • Co-Founder and Academic Director, Prison of Peace Project
    • California and Florida approved MCLE provider
    • Keynote speaker and independent trainer

Mr. Noll is also a second degree black belt in Chinese kung fu and has taught tai chi for over 10 years. He has a variety of other interests and accomplishments including certification as a Level III ski instructor, instrument-rated private pilot with multi-engine and helicopter ratings, a jazz violinist, and a whitewater rafter.


Resume at a Glance


  • Dartmouth College
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • Fresno Pacific University


  • California Lawyer Magazine, CLAY Award, 2012
  • AV-Rated
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • CPR Best Book Award 2011
  • International Mediation Institute
  • Listed in Who’s Who International Commercial Mediators

 Professional Associations

  • International Academy of Mediators
  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • American Arbitration Association
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Agency for Dispute Resolution
  • California Dispute Resolution Council


  • Judicial Clerkship
  • Trial Lawyer, 1977-2000,
  • Full-Time Neutral, 2000-present
  • First case as a mediator, 1983
  • 1500+ cases mediated

 Typical Cases

  • Business and commercial
  • Partnership, shareholder, and internal corporate
  • Construction disputes
  • Employment disputes
  • Complex, high stakes cases
  • High emotions, deep injustices
  • Agriculture
  • Water
  • Environmental