Dale Noll, a trusts and estates lawyer at Akerman LLP in Miami, has been named president-elect of the National LGBT Bar Association.
Noll, 42, has been active in the association since before he graduated from University of Miami law school in 2012. While a student, he helped organize the association’s annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair.
After becoming an attorney, he officially joined the LGBT Bar (an affiliate of the American Bar Association) and served two years on its finance committee. While a national board member, he served as treasurer.
In February, Noll becomes president for a one-year term. In summer 2017, he will preside over the LGBT Bar’s 28th annual Lavender Law conference.
“When I’m the president, I hope I will be able to assist the organization in focusing on those issues that in our fight for marriage equality maybe have not gotten all the attention they deserved,” he said.
Among those issues: transgender rights and fighting to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood. For decades after the start of the AIDS crisis, the Food and Drug Administration banned men from donating blood if they had had sex with other men since 1977. In late 2015, the FDA began allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have been celibate for at least a year.
Noll said he intends to “make sure we are keeping the momentum on LGBT rights moving forward and watch for the backlash against the LGBT community.”
Born in New Jersey, Noll grew in California. After working for years in the technology field, he decided to change careers and enroll in law school.
He lives in Hollywood with husband Adolfo Gutierrez. (They’ve been together 22 years and were married 2½ years ago in San Diego.)
“Noll is a devoted LGBT advocate,” according to an Akerman news release. “He was the 2015 co-chair of the Miami Dade County Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association and was previously a gala committee member of the Broward County Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network. He regularly speaks on marriage equality and estate planning issues for alternative families and same sex couples.”
Akerman received a 100 percent rating in HRC’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index.
“At Akerman, Noll represents trustees, personal representatives and beneficiaries in a wide variety of fiduciary issues and assists them in their roles as fiduciaries in administering estates and trusts,” according to the law firm. “A particular focus of his practice is the representation of fiduciaries, beneficiaries and other interested parties in high-conflict, complex, and high-profile guardianship, trust and probate matters.”
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