Noel J. Francisco

Partner, Jones Day

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'sNightline, CNN's Larry King Live and Paula Zahn Now, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris MatthewsThe NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and several National Public Radio programs.

  • The University of Chicago (J.D. with high honors 1996; B.A. in Economics with honors 1991)

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Publications and Multimedia
The Second Amendment: Enforcing the Heller Decision - Event Audio/Video
2016 National Lawyers Convention
November 23, 2016
2014 Annual Supreme Court Round Up - Event Audio/Video
Washington, DC Lawyers Chapter
July 24, 2014
National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 7-1-14 featuring Noel Francisco, Kristen Hickman, and Michael Rappaport
July 01, 2014
Recess Appointments Case Decided: NLRB v. Noel Canning - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
June 27, 2014
Recess Appointments: Implications of Noel Canning - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
Judicial Challenge to NLRB Recess Appointments - Podcast
Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Podcast
February 07, 2013
Noel Canning Decision on Recess Appointments - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
January 25, 2013