William Noel Edlin

Top rated Environmental Litigation attorney in San Francisco, California

Edlin Gallagher Huie + Blum
William Noel Edlin
Edlin Gallagher Huie + Blum

Practice Areas: Environmental Litigation, Products Liability, Business Litigation

Licensed in California since: 1982

Education: University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

Edlin Gallagher Huie + Blum

500 Washington Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94111 Phone: 415-403-4412 Email: William Noel Edlin Visit website


Noel Edlin defends clients throughout the U.S. in high-stakes environmental, toxic tort, and product liability matters.  During his past three decades of practicing law Noel has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict, and every year since 2006 he has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer for Environmental Litigation. 

Noel is the Managing Partner at Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum, a law firm of trial specialists with offices in downtown San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Under Noel’s leadership, the firm makes intelligent investments in continuing education and information technology to work smarter, decrease costs for clients, and keep on the cutting edge of e-discovery. 

Noel earned his Juris Doctorate in 1982 from UC Hastings College of the Law, where he was Managing Editor for the Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal from 1981-1982.  Throughout his career Noel has shown his commitment to the legal community by volunteering his time.  For example, he served on the California Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, and was formerly the Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Judiciary Committee.  In addition, Noel currently serves as a Member of the UC Hastings Board of Governor

First Admitted: 1982, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.behblaw.com/attorney/edlin-noel/

Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Noel is an avid athlete and holds an advanced belt in the martial art of WingChun. 
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Noel has tried numerous cases to verdict in various venues, including the highly publicized case of City of Modesto v. Dow Chemical, et al., where, after a four month jury trial, Noel won a defense verdict on behalf of his client, defendant Modesto Steam Laundry And Cleaners.  Noel also won a defense verdict on behalf of Elecrolux Corporation in CSAA v. Electrolux, where a homeowner accidentally killed himeslf by leaving his stove on and burning his home down.  Plaintiff asserted that the regrigerator, manufactured by an Electrolux subsidiary, was neligently designed and caused the fire.  Noel proved the decedent caused the fire by leaving the stove on. 
Educational Background:
  • University of Hawaii, 1979
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution UC Berkeley Extension, 2017
  • Arbitration Certification - The Bar Association of San Francisco, 2018
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Noel has lectured on environmental law and cutting edge technological issues at numerous seminars, including EECMA, FETTI, and DRI.  He has also written articles on climate change, the use of virtual and augmented reality in the legal profession, and cryptocurrencies.  He has been cited extensively by Bloomberg on the use of virtual reality in the courtroom.  , Why Lawyers Shouldn’t Put a Fork in Bitcoin, Law Technology Today, Legal, Fintech, 2017
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2021
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • UC Hastings Law Foundation Board of Trustees, 2021
  • UC Hastings Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2018
  • Noel has served as the Chair of the San Francisco Bar Association's Judiciary Committee and was appointed by the President of the California State Bar to the Judicial Nominations and Evaluations Commission. Noel also served as general counsel for the National Council On Crime And Delinquency. He was named in 2006, 2007 and 2008 as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Environmental Law, an honor bestowed upon California's top five percent of attorneys as chosen by their peers and an independent blue-ribbon panel. Noel also served on the UC Hastings Alumni Board of Governors for a three year term, ending in June, 2018.  He has an AV rating from the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, indicating the highest level of professional competence and legal ethics based on a survey of Bay Area attorneys.

Office location for William Noel Edlin

500 Washington Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94111


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

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