James Noel

General Counsel

James is the General Counsel for The Franklin Johnston Group and is responsible for overseeing the company’s legal and insurance divisions. In his role, he provides legal guidance to the company, its executives, and its employees in all areas of operations, development, and dispositions. He also administers the company’s risk management and insurance program for its owned and managed properties. James holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a law degree from William and Mary Law School, and is a graduate of the Financial Management Executive Education Program at UVA’s Darden School of Business and the Mini MBA for In-House Counsel Program at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. He was named to Virginia Business Magazine’s list of “Legal Elite” in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and is an active member of the Hampton Roads Chamber Regional Board, Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, and the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation. James is a graduate of the LEAD Hampton Roads Signature Program and the CIVIC Leadership Institute, and served as a Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Triton under King Neptune XLV.

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