Patrick Noaker

Patrick NoakerPatrick Noaker is a passionate, experienced and battle-proven courtroom lawyer. Patrick has spent the last 27 years battling in courtrooms across the country, fighting for the rights of survivors of sexual abuse and protecting kids.


Noaker Law Firm LLC, Minneapolis, Minnesota – October 2012 – Present

  • Attorney Patrick Noaker brings personal injury lawsuits on behalf of persons who have been sexually abused or assaulted. Patrick has won a number of landmark cases on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse and assault and recently has been successful in obtaining monetary awards for victims of Catholic priests, Boy Scout Leaders and a movie casting director.
  • Patrick has authored scholarly articles regarding sexual abuse and exploitation published in American Jurisprudence Trials and Minnesota Bench and Bar.  Patrick has argued cases in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Indiana Supreme Court and the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals in Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio and Florida and trial courts in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, California, Ohio, Florida and North Dakota.
  • Patrick has been selected by his peers as a SuperLawyer and Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine also selected Patrick as one of the Top Attorneys in Minnesota.

Law Firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates, St. Paul, Minnesota – October 2000 – October 2012

  • While at the Jeff Anderson firm, Patrick successfully litigated hundreds of complex personal injury cases involving childhood abuse for clients all across the United States and has worked with others to initiate legislation that protects children.

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A., Minneapolis, Minnesota – August 1997 – October 2000

  • While at the Fabyanske law firm, Patrick represented construction businesses in court and jury trials, appeals and arbitrations for claims of  breach of contract, acceleration, disruption, delay and other claims related to payment for completed work.  Patrick also represented landlords and other businesses in insurance and other commercial disputes in trials, arbitration and appeals.

Death Penalty Attorney Missouri State Public Defender, St. Louis, Missouri – August 1991 – July 1997

  • Patrick represented persons accused of capital murder in court trials where the State of Missouri sought the penalty of death. This is where Patrick first became involved in representing survivors of sexual abuse and assault. As a Death Penalty Attorney, Patrick worked with expert witnesses to develop evidence to present to a jury that supported a non-death verdict. Almost without exception, that evidence involved sexual abuse and assault when the client was a child. As a result, Patrick became an expert in developing and presenting psychological/psychiatric evidence relating to the complex impacts of childhood sexual abuse and related chemical dependency/substance abuse.
  • Patrick also represented persons in non-capital murder case across the State of Missouri as a strike-force attorney. While with the Missouri State Public Defender, Patrick was recognized as an attorney who aggressively represented his clients in jury trials.
  • Patrick was also selected as an instructor at the Missouri State Public Defender’s trial school for new attorneys coming into the public defender system.

Sample Publications

  • How Will the New Child Victims Act Impact Family Physicians?  Minnesota Family Physician, September/October 2013, p. 5
  • Using Pseudonyms in Sexual Abuse Cases, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, February 2012
  • When Clergy Fail Their Flock: Litigating the Clergy Sexual Abuse Case, 91 Am. Jur. Trials, 2004.
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse: Service Members Can Get the Help They Need Through the Civil Justice System,, February 16, 2009.

Representative Cases

  • Jury awards brothers abused by Bloomington film company owner nearly $2.1M, June 28, 2016
    Indiana Supreme Court Brief of John Doe v. Fr. Jonathan Stewart , May 8, 2012 – Limits on Punitive Damages Awards Violates Right to Jury Trial and Separation of Powers.
  • Missouri Supreme Court Brief of John Doe 181 v. Conception Abbey, March 21, 2012 – Statute of Limitations Had Not Expired on John Doe 181′s Claims.
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Brief of John Doe 76C v. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis – Admission of Repressed Memory Evidence in Minnesota.
  • Federal Judge Rules Child Pornography Victim Can Protect  Identity In Civil Child Pornography Case (United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2011)
  • Navajo Supreme Court Rules Statute of Limitations Has Not Expired on Sexual Abuse Victim (Navajo Tribal Supreme Court, New Mexico, 2011)
  • $4.3 Million Damages Award Against Members of Vice Lords Gang (Mille Lacs Tribal Court, Minnesota, 2011)
  • 47 Abuse Victims Force Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph to Reform Child Protection Efforts and Pay  $10 Million (Missouri, 2008)
  • Diocese in Iowa Settles With Abuse Victims for $37 Million (Iowa, 2007)
  • $155,000 Jury Verdict Against Fr. Jonathan Stewart  (Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2007)
  • $1.5 Million Jury Verdict Against the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa  (Scott County, Davenport, Iowa , 2006)
  • $1.9 Million Jury Verdict Against Fr. James Janssen  (Scott County, Davenport, Iowa, 2005)


  • $4.3M damages in beating case Cody St. John, 26, was left for dead on the Mille Lacs reservation after he refused to join the Vice Lords gang, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN, June 16, 2011
  • Abuse lawsuit settled out of court, Stevens Point Journal (Stevens Point, WI), September 11, 2010
  • Pastor sues over Net allegations: He accuses author of trying to damage him with sex abuse claims, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 9, 2010
  • Suit: Abuser Moved to School After Allegations in Minnesota, Wisconsin State Journal, May 12, 2010
  • Guilty of child porn, ex-teacher is sued by two former foster kids, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN), August 27, 2010
  • Teacher Accused of Sexual Abuse an 18-Year-Old Student Claims Man Assaulted Him for More Than 2 Years, Wisconsin State Journal, November 9, 2010
  • Clinic Therapist Again Target of Molesting Suit, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN), April 16, 2009
  • Ex-Religion Teacher Faces New Abuse Accusations, Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek,CA), June 27, 2009
  • Abuse Appeal Rejected Suit Against Priest Can Move Forward, Evansville Courier & Press, April 12, 2008
  • School Sued Over Teen’s Sexual Abuse: Parents Say Others Knew of Coach’s Acts, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN), March 6, 2008
  • Marianists order settles repressed-memory suit, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 20, 2007
  • Diocese in Iowa Settles With Abuse Victims for $37 Million, New York Times, December 4, 2007
  • Family sues over alleged assault on school bus: The lawsuit charges that a disabled Columbia Heights girl was sexually assaulted by another student as the driver watched, and a promised escort for her wasn’t there, Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), December 6, 2007
  • Jury Rules Against Davenport Diocese, Des Moines Register (Des Moines, IA), September 19, 2006
  • Records in priest sex cases were destroyed, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 17, 2005
  • Ex-priest, archdiocese face 2 new sex-abuse suits, Indianapolis Star, October 26, 2005
  • Abuse seen as cause of suicides, The Republican (Springfield, MA), June 12, 2005
  • Bishop accused of sex abuse, Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa), January 19, 2005
  • Pedophile priest lives near school, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 16, 2004
  • New Complaint Against Priest, Newsday (New York), January 21, 2004
  • Man Charges Abuse and a Catholic Cover-up, New York Times, March 23, 2002


  • St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri – Juris Doctorate (1990)
  • Taylor University, Upland, Indiana – B.S. Computer Science (1985)

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri – 1992
  • Minnesota – 1997
  • United States District Court of Minnesota
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Mille Lacs Band Court of Central Jurisdiction