Noah's Story

Noah Purcell has served as Washington's Solicitor General since 2013, when he was appointed by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. As Solicitor General, Noah has represented the State in some of its most important cases, including Washington v. Trump, the State’s successful challenge to the President’s first travel ban Executive Order. He has argued cases on behalf of the State in the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington State Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Washington Court of Appeals, and trial courts around Washington.

Prior to becoming Solicitor General, Noah worked at the Seattle law firm Perkins Coie, where he handled Voting Rights Act cases around the country, including a case that reformed Yakima’s city council elections. Noah also led the appeal of the Stormans case on behalf of patients seeking access to emergency contraceptives, and has handled pro bono matters on behalf of juvenile immigrants and constitutional litigation.

Before entering private practice, Noah served in the Department of Homeland Security Office of General Counsel during the Obama Administration, where he worked on a range of security and immigration issues, particularly the federal government’s successful lawsuit challenging Arizona SB 1070, the state’s illegal attempt to regulate immigration.

Noah served as a law clerk to Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court and Judge David Tatel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Noah attended Seattle Public Schools, graduating from Franklin High School in South Seattle. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, where he co-founded Affordable Tuition Now! to keep the University accessible to working-class students, and he was actively involved in efforts to allow student employees to collectively bargain. He also played a major role in a successful lawsuit that forced the University to rescind an illegal fee and refund millions of dollars to students.

Following UW, Noah received a Masters in Economics from University College Dublin and a law degree magna cum laude at Harvard, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Noah lives on Beacon Hill in Seattle, four houses down from his childhood home, where his parents still live. He and his wife, Jasmin Weaver, met in high school at Franklin and have been together ever since. They have three young children, and their oldest child attends Kimball Elementary School, the same school Noah attended. Noah is a volunteer coach with Beacon Hill Youth Soccer and the Franklin High School Mock Trial Team, and a longtime supporter of the Food Bank at St. Mary’s in Seattle’s Central District.

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