Noah M. Rich joined the Washington, D.C. office of Baron & Budd in 2018, where he represents clients on a broad range of legal issues at all stages of litigation in state and federal courts across the country. His experience includes civil rights litigation, class actions, regulatory challenges, False Claims Act litigation, and indigent criminal defense. At Baron & Budd, Mr. Rich is a member of our robust Qui Tam practice, specializing in litigation to combat civil fraud under the False Claims Act, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and other federal and state laws.
Mr. Rich earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Drew University, graduating summa cum laude. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives and graduated cum laude. During law school, Mr. Rich represented low-income criminal defendants at the office of the Public Defender for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church, as well as low-income tenants at risk of eviction with the D.C. Law Students in Court Clinic. Prior to joining Baron & Budd, Mr. Rich served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alfred S. Irving, Jr. of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and worked in private practice at a boutique law firm, where his practice focused on constitutional law and complex civil litigation.
Mr. Rich’s scholarly work has appeared in the Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives, as well as The Drew Review. He has also been published in the American Bar Association’s GPSolo magazine.
Mr. Rich says that becoming a lawyer never felt like a choice to him. “There’s an awful lot of injustice and wrongdoing in the world, and from a young age, I knew I wanted to do something about it.” Recognizing that attorneys have the great privilege of being able to decipher, wield, and transform the law, he knew early on that this career was his calling. He notes that many people use that privilege to preserve and take advantage of existing power structures, and they’re frequently rewarded handsomely for it. But Mr. Rich says he chooses “to disrupt those power structures in order to help people who have been harmed by those more powerful than themselves.” For Noah Rich, it’s a matter of “doing what’s right.”
Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Rich regularly volunteers as a judge in mock trial and moot court competitions. Mr. Rich can sometimes be found on stage, having performed with the Drew University Dramatic Society, the Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and Silver Spring Stage. He also loves to cook, to travel, to play tennis and baseball, and to watch a Red Sox or Celtics game whenever he gets a chance.