Kristin Graham Noel, Partner


Kristin Graham Noel devotes most of her practice to patent litigation, particularly high-stakes competitor litigation, as well as cases involving research institutions. Her experience covers a variety of technologies, such as telecommunications, biotech, stem cell, drug target, software, mechanical, and electrical inventions, among other cutting-edge technologies. She also handles trade secret and licensing disputes.

Having been trained within the Wisconsin Western District’s “rocket docket,” Kristin has a particular perspective on the practice of patent litigation, which is that the process can be unforgiving, requiring the attorney to act fast and be prepared at all times. That discipline is one of the reasons that Quarles has been called a “Litigation Powerhouse” by The BTI Consulting Group and is on BTI’s “Honor Roll” in the categories of “IP Litigation” and “Most Feared Litigation Firm.”

Kristin enjoys working with engineers and scientists and protecting their cutting-edge technologies. Like most litigators, she is invigorated by the adversarial process, but the added incentive of helping companies achieve freedom to operate and bring new products to market gives her a great sense of satisfaction in her work. She believes that true innovators should be rewarded for their contributions to society, and she has devoted her career to ensuring they are.

Kristin also actively participates in firm administration, including as a contributing member of the IP Litigation Core Team and previously as vice chair of the firm’s Billing Committee, hiring partner for the Madison office, chair of the Madison Attorney Recruiting Committee, chair of the Madison Summer Associate Committee, member of the IP Litigation Client Development Committee, and member of the Madison Client Development Committee.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1996)
  • Northwestern University (B.A., 1993)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • high honors

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member)
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association (Member)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (Member)
  • Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association (Member)
  • The Noel Compass Foundation (Former Board Member)
  • Nyumbani Village International, Inc. (Former Board Member)
  • Madison Symphony Orchestra, Symphony with a Twist Committee (Former Member)
  • Leadership Greater Madison (Former Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of Madison's "40 Under 40" by In Business magazine (2005)
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2009–2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (Intellectual Property Litigation)