James V. Noonan · Partner

Jim is a founding partner of Noonan & Lieberman. Jim has more than 25 years of experience in civil litigation on behalf of creditors, servicers, business and real estate owners. Jim’s practice areas include creditors’ rights, foreclosure, commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, lender liability, real estate litigation and civil appellate practice. Jim’s practice concentrates on prosecuting and defending complex commercial foreclosures, contested residential foreclosures and financial services related to appellate practice in federal and state courts.

Jim is hired to defend mortgage lenders and mortgage servicers against fair lending claims under Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and Fair Housing Act (FHA). Jim also routinely defends mortgage lenders, mortgage investors, mortgage servicers and other debt collectors from federal consumer claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and from state predatory lending claims and consumer fraud claims. Jim represents clients in the Midwest and in other parts of the country on a pro hac vice basis. Jim regularly provides litigation strategy counseling to mortgage lenders and mortgage servicers defending consumer claims in litigation throughout the United States, working together with clients’ local counsel.

Jim has substantial appellate practice experience. Jim successfully represented clients before the Illinois Supreme Court and before multiple federal circuit courts and state appellate courts. Jim has also served as amicus curiae counsel in cases with financial industry-wide importance.

Jim is the author of the Statutory Overview of the Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Practice, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) (2016), co-author of Residential Real Estate Foreclosure: Plaintiff-Lender’s Case, IICLE (2016).

Jim was a Panel Member of the Law Ed series on Federal Court foreclosure practice. Jim was a member of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois’ drafting committee on federal foreclosure forms and a member of the court appointed Advisory Committee on Cook County Sheriff’s eviction procedures. Jim has testified before the Illinois House of Representatives Consumer Protection sub-committee on foreclosure practice and procedure. Jim also served on the American Legal and Financial Network (ALFN) board from 2009 to 2015. Jim chaired its sub-committee on Federal Consumer Lending Statutes, Commercial Foreclosures, and Amicus counsel. Jim has also participated in several panel discussions on ethical considerations affecting attorneys and their clients in the banking and mortgage servicing field.


  • DePaul University College of Law (J.D.1988)
  • Marquette University (B.A. 1985)

Professional Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association

Bar Admission

  • State of Illinois
  • State of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin


Jim currently serves on the boards of the Beverly Art Center, is a trustee of the Christ the King School Foundation and serves on several committees at the Union League Club of Chicago.