Candid Interview with WKW Attorney Jon Noyes

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Updated May 29, 2019

Jon Noyes earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Indiana University—Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2013. Prior to moving to Indianapolis, Jon graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois with a degree in political science. Jon is originally from Clearwater, Florida but spent a majority of his life in St. Louis, Missouri. In his free time, Jon enjoys murder mystery dinners, biking, jogging, cooking, and kayaking/canoeing.

Q: If I came over to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?

A: I have no idea. I would probably freak out and attempt to make the most complicated recipe I could find online. The result would not be delicious.

Q: Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who would they be?

A: Amy Poehler for my mother, so I could inherit her sense of humor. Paul Newman for my father, because he is probably the most effortlessly cool person in Hollywood history, although honorable mention should go to Bill Murray. Perhaps Bill Murray could be a crazy uncle?

Q: In a perfect world, how would you communicate with people?

A: Brain waves.

Q: If you were to get rid of one U.S. state, which one would it be and why?

A: I would rather unite with another country than get rid of a state. It would be nice if Canada joined up with us. Canada is a beautiful country and has hockey on TV all the time! Also, joining Canada would promote the expansion of both Tim Hortons and poutine, and Alaska would become a contiguous state. Canadians style their bacon a little strangely, but I think it would be a win-win situation for everyone.

Q: Who are your heroes and why?

A: There are so many. First, my father, Ben, who is the hardest working, most dedicated person I know. He taught me the importance of faith, family, and hard work, which I try to apply to my daily life. My mother, Traci, is, in my very biased opinion, simply the most thoughtful, conscientious person ever. She taught my siblings and I that every person deserves to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of who they are, what they look like, or where they came from, and she puts those teachings into practice every day. On the work side of things, Henry David Thoreau and Justice William Brennan have most strongly influenced my ideas on law and its part in society.

Q: When did you decide to become a lawyer?

A: I was in elementary school and realized that my goal of playing hockey for the St. Louis Blues was probably unrealistic considering I had never ice skated in my life.

Q: What is one misconception people have about you?

A: That is tough. I guess the pronunciation of my last name is one. People think I pronounce “Noyes” similar to “noise.” It’s actually pronounced similar to “Noice,” like “voice” with an “n.” It does not really matter though, as the inconvenience of correcting people is simply not worth the difference between a “z” sound and an “s” sound.

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