Listening defines Noah Sattler’s approach to his law practice. “It’s important to me to understand what the client wants to accomplish and why. That way, I can help them determine how it needs to be done,” Noah says. “As attorneys, we are specialized problem solvers. I take pride taking a problem off my client’s plate and being able to put their mind at rest.”
Trust and integrity are also central to Noah’s practice. “I want to have a practice that’s professional and proficient,” he says, “but also is one of integrity that can be trusted over and over again.”
A transactional attorney, Noah focuses on real estate and real estate financing. He handles mergers and acquisitions, business operations, and general corporate matters. He has experience representing developers of and investors in projects financed by tax credits such as solar farms, wind energy farms, and low-income housing projects. “In that practice, I help developers achieve their for-profit purposes and also a community purpose through means of needing to qualify for tax credits,” he says.
As an undergraduate, Noah studied the economics of competitive advantage that enabled business leaders to rise to the top of their industries. Working at local businesses, Noah also saw the effect that the law, regulations, and private contracts can have on the growth of a business. “They can be a great asset or a great inhibition to whatever a business is trying to accomplish,” he says. Those experiences made him gravitate to business law. “In law school, I was drawn to the prospect of helping businesses navigate public and private law to find business opportunities that could leverage their situation to their competitive advantage.”
Noah strives to help businesses navigate legal complexities and leverage opportunities. “Laws change all the time,” he says. “Government regulations are revised, and business goals might evolve in response to the changing obstacles they encounter in the market. I can help them navigate an ever-changing legal industry to accomplish their goals much more efficiently and effectively.”
In negotiating contracts, Noah takes pride in finding solutions that incorporate goals that seem mutually exclusive but in the end are not. “I have so many opportunities to add value to any business relationship in the form of a private contract,” he says. He appreciates the challenge of ensuring a meeting of the minds between businesses with different goals.
He also values the contributions of nonprofit organizations. Working as a legal intern for the Napa Legal Institute, a nonprofit that advises other nonprofits, Noah discovered that nonprofit solutions could achieve goals that were out of the reach of for-profit companies. “My time working there exposed me to the significant power and potential of the nonprofit world,” he says. “In the future, I hope to help nonprofits navigate complicated regulations. I also want to engender valuable collaborations between nonprofits and for-profit companies to achieve both businesses’ goals while furthering a public purpose that improves the community.”
Drawn to the close relationships they established in the Midwest, the Minnesota native and his wife moved to Iowa to raise their son near her family. Besides watching the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild with his son, Noah explores his passion for canoeing lakes and streams. He also is a golfer, runner, wrestler, and Russian literature reader.