Attorney Noel W. Sterett is a partner at Dalton & Tomich, overseeing the firm’s Illinois office. Since 2007, he has been helping religious institutions and businesses navigate a variety of legal issues, both in and out of court. His goal is to help his clients overcome the challenges that hinder them from focusing on their core objectives, whether that is advancing the noble mission of a religious institution or running a profitable business. A more detailed description of his business services can be found at https://dtbusinesslaw.com/.
Noel has successfully litigated a variety of cases in both Illinois state courts and federal courts across the country—both at the trial and appellate levels. He also regularly assists clients with complex zoning and land use matters.
The core of his practice is devoted to “ensuring people are free to serve God and their neighbors in their communities and in the marketplace.” The Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) is a particular area of focus for Noel. Enacted in 2000, the law protects religious assemblies and institutions from zoning and land use regulations that substantially interfere with their religious exercise. In addition to litigating religious land use cases across the country, Noel regularly advises religious groups on civil rights matters and how best to secure zoning for religious land uses. His insight into religious legal issues has been highlighted in publications including Church Law & Tax.
Prior to joining Dalton & Tomich, PLC in May 2018, Noel worked as an attorney and partner for Mauck & Baker, LLC in Chicago for 11 years. He is an allied attorney and member of the National Litigation Academy Honor Corps of the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Christian Legal Society.
Noel sits on the board ofCourtside Ministries, a prayer ministry that organizes volunteers from local churches to pray for people as they come in and out of courthouses across the country.
Noel is a graduate of Regent University’s School of Law in Virginia. He is a member in good standing and admitted to practice in the: State of Illinois (2007), United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2007), United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (2012), United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2012), and United States Supreme Court (2018).
Noel resides in Rockford, Illinois with his wife and five children.