Q. Please give our readers an introduction to your business. Please include what your business is all about, in which city you are located and if you have offices in multiple locations/ cities.

A. We are a personal injury and criminal defense (and DUI) law firm located in Springfield, Illinois. Our office represents those who have been injured in personal injury, worker’s compensation, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect cases. We also represent clients on all state and federal criminal charges, DUIs and traffic offenses in Springfield, Illinois. Our office is located in the Historic Lincoln Depot in Springfield and we also operate a museum which is open to the public (www.lincolndepot.org)

Q. Please give us a brief description about yourself (it should include your brief educational or entrepreneurial background and list some of your major achievements).

A. Daniel Noll is a native of Springfield, Illinois. He graduated from Illinois College with a degree in Business Administration and Economics in 2006.

For law school, Daniel attended Southern Illinois University School of Law. He was named to the Dean’s list and was also an editor of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal, a publication of legal and scholarly works. Mr. Noll spent a large amount of time during law school getting practical experience. He was a clerk for United States District Court Judge (retired) Jeanne Scott. In addition, he interned with the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office in Springfield, Illinois.

In 2010, Mr. Noll graduated from SIU with his Juris Doctorate and passed the bar that year. After graduation, Daniel returned to Springfield, Illinois and worked for the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office. In that position, he prosecuted traffic and misdemeanor offenses and took felony cases to jury trial.

After a short time with the State’s Attorney, Daniel decided to go into private practice in his family’s law firm. In this capacity, he has taken numerous cases to trial.

Mr. Noll is an aggressive attorney with a common sense approach to dealing with legal problems. He has been very successful in jury trials and negotiating for clients because of his understanding of the law, his trial experience, and his willingness to fight for his client’s rights.

Daniel Noll handles a wide variety of cases including:

Attorney Sarah Noll began her legal career in 2006. She graduated from the esteemed University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign-Urbana, where she served as President of the American Constitution Society and received a graduate notation for providing pro bono legal services for indigent communities. After spending several years trying a wide variety of civil and criminal cases as both Assistant States Attorney and Assistant Public Defender in Sangamon County, Sarah began practicing medical litigation in 2012.

Sarah focuses on all aspects of civil litigation including:

Sarah has tried numerous personal injury cases to verdict across the State of Illinois, in addition to appellate work. She is extremely well versed in insurance law and has a vast knowledge of personal injury, workers compensation, and medical malpractice cases. She has litigated multi-million dollar claims and settled hundreds of medical cases in favor of her clients.

Sarah prides herself on compassionate counseling of clients as well as her written and oral advocacy skills. Sarah enjoys helping clients and their families try and recover from injuries. She takes the time to listen to clients and makes sure that they understand the insurance claims and litigation process.

Sarah also serves as a Judge Advocate in the Illinois Army National Guard. She sits on the board of Illinois Coalition for Community Services, a nonprofit organization providing community services in the Central Illinois Area. Sarah is married to attorney Daniel Noll. They have 2 children and are citizens of Springfield, Illinois.

Q. What inspired you to (start a new business venture) or (to make significant changes in an existing business)? How did the idea for your business come about?

A. The Noll Law Office is a family owned business that has been representing clients in Personal Injury Cases as well as Criminal Defense and DUI Defense in Central Illinois for almost 70 years. Our attorneys and our staff are fully dedicated to representing our clients in and out of court. We strive to provide the absolute best representation to each and every one of our clients.

No matter the type of case you have, our office makes the following pledge to you:

  • We will never charge for an initial consultation of your case;
  • We will always work in your best interest;
  • We will keep you up to date about your case so you will know what to expect;
  • Your attorney will remain your attorney throughout your case; AND
  • All of our attorneys WILL GO TO TRIAL.

Our office is located in the Historic Lincoln Depot at 930 E. Monroe, Springfield, Illinois. We are directly across from the Sangamon County Courthouse and Sangamon County Jail. We have free parking behind our office. We are handicapped accessible. If a person is injured and unable to make it to our office, our attorneys are happy to come and meet them.

Q. What three pieces of advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?

A. Find a good mentor. Set achievable and defined goals. Stay focused on doing what your business does best.

Q. What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?

A. Focus. Determination. Flexibility.

Q. How many hours do you work a day on average?

A. 10

Q. To what do you most attribute your success?

A. Our marriage and partnership. We provide each other with tremendous support. In addition, we have a wonderful staff which creates a great working environment.

Q. How do you go about marketing your business? What has been your most successful form of marketing?

A. We market through the internet, radio and bus benches. Internet marketing is the most profitable.

Q. Where did your organizations funding/capital come from and how did you go about getting it? How did you obtain investors for your venture?

A. We have been in business for a very long time.

Q. What is the best way to achieve long-term success?

A. Setting goals and working towards them.

Q. Where you see yourself and your business in 5 – 10 years?

A. We hope to be the premier personal injury firm in our area and continue to be the premier criminal defense firm.

Q. Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most?

A. We admire all small businesses who work hard and are positive members of their communities. We try to give back to the Central Illinois area as much as possible and there are many other small businesses who do the same. It is not easy to run a business but the satisfaction of helping others in the area cannot be beat.

Q. How important have good employees been to your success?

A. Tremendous. A substantial portion of our staff has been with us for over 5 years and some over 20 years. They are critical to our business and we could not be successful without them.

Q. How long do you stick with an idea before giving up?

A. Until the idea is proven to be a failure.

Q. What motivates you?

A. Our motivation comes from helping the “little guy.” Whether it is a person who has been injured going against a giant insurance company with unlimited resources or a person accused of a crime by the government, we fight for our clients and balance the scales of justice in their favor.

Q. What are your ideals?

A. We fight for our clients in the courtroom but we make sure to focus on communication so they understand what is going on in their cases. So, determination and compassion.

Q. How do you generate new ideas?

A. N/A

Q. How do you define success?

A. Based upon our clients definition.

Q. How do you build a successful customer base?

A. Treating people fairly and with respect. In addition, we try to add value to every case we take. Ultimately, you have to get results.

Q. What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?

A. Being our own bosses.

Q. What has been your most satisfying moment in business?

A. Purchasing a historic office building which helps educate the public about Abraham Lincoln.

Q. What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?

A. Entrepeneurs are willing to risk it all to answer to themselves.

Q. What kind of culture exists in your organization? How did you establish this tone and why did you institute this particular type of culture?

A. Our office is professional and responsive. Our motto is “Aggressive Attorneys. Compassionate Counsel. Real Results.” We try and live to our motto every day. Clients know if you are working for them and if you care about their case. We try to show them that we do.

Q. In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur.

A. Focused.

Q. If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?

A. We probably would have exposed ourselves to more areas of the law earlier in our careers.

Q. How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?

A. We are a married professional couple who work together. Our family is tied into our business and vice versa. However, we try and keep business at the business and take time to focus on our family.

Q. What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear?

A. Failure. We focus on work and believe that hard work and appreciating our clients pays off.

Q. How did you decide on the location for your business?

A. It is a historical building that was going in disrepair. We wanted to save it. Moreover, it’s right across the street from the courthouse.

Q. Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?

A. Setting goals.

Q. How can you prevent mistakes or do damage control?

A. We have internal systems in place to make sure that mistakes are not made. The biggest mistakes in our business is missing filing deadlines or court dates. We check every week to insure this does not happen.