Attorney at Law

For over 50 years John Noell has been an attorney as a specialist in domestic relations law, estate and probate law and business litigation and is a retired partner of the firm of Cook, Noell, Tolley and Bates, LLP, Athens Georgia.  (June 1968-August 1, 2016)

Noell has vast experience in dealing with contested divorces, custody, contempt and child support cases as well as dealing with contract violations, estate planning including Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives for Healthcare.

John & Claudia Noell
John & Claudia Noell


Born in Thomaston, Upson County, Georgia.

Married to Claudia Stowers Noell since June 28, 1964.  BSHE 1964, University of Georgia, Clarke County Extension Agent (Retired)


Graduated Robert E. Lee Institute in Thomaston, Georgia in 1959 and was awarded the Outstanding Company Commander Saber in the Army R.O.T.C.

Graduated University of Georgia, A.B. Decree in 1963 and was awarded the Outstanding Company Commander Trophy in Army R.O.T.C. and was a Distinguished Military Graduate.

A member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity; Scabbard and Blade Military Society, Phi Kappa Literary Society and Phi Alpha Delta.

Graduated University of Georgia School of Law in 1965 with Juris Doctor degree.

Military Service

Served as a Captain in the United States Army with the Ninth Infantry Division in Vietnam from 1967 - 1968.  Awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal with Gold Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Armed Forces Service Medal.

Professional and Service

Past President, Athens Bar Association, 1976-77
Past President, University of Georgia Law School Association Council 1992 - 1993
Chairman, Board of Visitors, University of Georgia School of Law, 1999-2000; member 1997-2000
2001 Recipient of University of Georgia Law School Association Alumni Distinguished Service Scroll Award - The highest award given by UGA Law School to an alumni.
Fellow of The Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
Member, State Bar of Georgia
Member, Western Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Former Member, American Judicature Society
Licensed to Practice:
United States Supreme Court
Fifth Circuit United States Court of Appeals
United States Federal District Courts
Supreme Court of Georgia
Court of Appeals, State of Georgia
Superior Court, State of Georgia
Member Public Relations Committee, State Bar ofGeorgia, 1989 - 1991
Former Instructor, Trial Practice, University of Georgia, School of Law 1973 - 1974; 2014-2016 Seminar, Domestic Relations, 3rd year students
Representative from Tenth Congressional District to the University of Georgia Law School Association Council, 1987 - 1992
University of Georgia Law School, Dean Search Committee 1992-1993, Ex-Officio
University of Georgia Law School, Bicentennial Celebration Committee
University of Georgia Law School Class Agent - Four Years
University of Georgia Law School Class of 1965, Class Reunion Chairman - Six Reunions 1970, 1975, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005. University of Georgia Law School, Chairman, Dean Ron Ellington Retirement Celebration

Fraternal and Civic

Past President, Athens Lions Club 1972 - 1973
Past Member, Board of Directors, American Cancer Society, Athens Chapter
Sigma Chi Fraternity, Chapter Advisor, Sigma Chi Fraternity, 1970-1981, University of Georgia
Recipient of three Gran Consul Citations, Sigma Chi Fraternity
Charter Member, Ambassador's Club, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Past Member, Athens Jaycees
Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge #22
Triangle Council No. 42
Godfrey de Bouillon Commandery No. 14
Keystone Chapter No. 1 Royal Arch Masons
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
Yaarab Shrine Temple
Royal Order of Scotland
President's Club, University of Georgia
University of Georgia National Alumni Association
University Partners, University of Georgia
University of Georgia Heritage Society
University of Georgia Law School Joseph Lumpkin Society
Gridiron Secret Society, University of Georgia
Member of The Order of Constantine of The Sigma Chi Fraternity


Golf - U.S., Scotland, Ireland, Italy & South Africa; duck, turkey and quail hunting; and snow skiing (19 different areas in U.S. and Canada, and 17 in Switzerland, Austria and France).


Member Athens Country Club
Member Touchdown Club of Athens
Charter Member, Quail Unlimited
Member National Wild Turkey Federation
Life Member, Ducks Unlimited
Member Old Warhorse Lawyers Association
Member Atlanta Lawyers Club
Judicial Invitational, Sea Island