Noel TiponSenior Partner, Bilecki & Tipon
Noel Tipon is an international criminal defense lawyer based in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the Senior Partner at Bilecki & Tipon, the premier law firm defending service members in the Pacific Rim. He’s also a co-host of The Tipon Report, a grassroots radio program that tackles contemporary legal issues in Hawaii.
In February 2015, Noel was featured on a full-length documentary entitled The Last Line of Defense, which aired nationally on The Bio Channel. In March 2014, he took part in Forbes Magazine’s “America’s PremierExperts® Presents: Forecasts & Strategies for the New Year and Beyond.” Later that year he was featured on “Times Square Today,” filmed live in New York City. The National Academy of Experts, Writers, and Speakers has awarded Mr. Tipon an Expy Award for his work in media. He has also been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the Nation, and The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Hawaii.
Noel is a graduate of UCLA and Golden Gate University, School of Law. He is an experienced trial lawyer who specializes in military law, including court martial defense, criminal law, and immigration law. Noel represents clients in military and civilian courts and is licensed in Hawaii, California and all Military Courts. As a proud veteran of the Armed Forces and former judge advocate for the United States Marine Corps (USMC), he has over sixteen years of experience representing Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen in military proceedings and civilian courts.
Mr. Tipon began his military career in 1998, serving as a commissioned officer and military attorney in the United States Marine Corps. During his career, he worked as a criminal defense attorney at the Law Center at the Marine Corps Base in 29 Palms, CA, with the Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Defense Division in Washington, D.C., and the Law Center at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. He was deployed to Iraq from 2004 to 2005. While in Iraq, he served at the Headquarters for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and 11th MEU in the province of Al Anbar, where he investigated claims against the United States and conducted humanitarian assistance missions. Following his deployment to Iraq, Noel was stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where he provided legal services and counsel to clients in Hawaii and Japan. He left the Marine Corps in December 2007 with the rank of Major.
Mr. Tipon has two sons and in his spare time enjoys surfing, playing softball and spending time with his family.