ABOUT Elizabeth McDonough Noonan

A highly experienced land use, zoning and litigation attorney, Beth often represents national and local developers of commercial and residential properties in all phases of development, permitting and entitlements at the federal, state and local level. Her knowledge and skills in municipal affairs and government relations makes her a powerful leader of any development team. Success in any development is the paramount goal which occasionally requires litigation to secure a client’s rights. Beth has successfully litigated significant property rights cases and is in the forefront of litigation on cases of zoning, planning and eminent domain. In handling all matters related to land use, Beth also handles commercial and environmental litigation, products and professional liability as well as eminent domain, inverse condemnation, civil rights actions and challenges to municipal tax assessments.

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AP&S Ranked in Chambers and Partners USA

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24 AP&S Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2019

•08.15.19 / News

27 AP&S Attorneys Selected for 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

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5 AP&S Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” from Best Lawyers in America


•Selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2007-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Land Use and Zoning and Real Estate.
Best Lawyers' 2020 Lawyer of the Year, Land Use and Zoning, Providence.
Best Lawyers' 2018 Lawyer of the Year, Land Use and Zoning, Providence.
Best Lawyers’ 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Land Use and Zoning, Providence.
•Recognized by Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers in the field of Real Estate Law. Professional Excellence in the Law, Environmental and Land Use, Rhode Island Monthly 2019.
•AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for attorneys.
•Selected as a Rhode Island Super Lawyer, 2008-2019.

In the Community

•Beth is past president of the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association and she formerly served on the Board of Directors for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island.
•She is a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island and is the recipient of the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico award for her public service work with the Volunteer Lawyers Association and the Homeless Legal Clinic.
•Beth was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1996 and 2008.

Seminars / Publications

•Historic Preservation in Rhode Island: Adaptive Reuse and Historic Tax Credits.
•Major Land Use Laws in Rhode Island.
•Ms. Noonan has lectured on land development, affordable housing, historic preservation and adaptive re-use.


Navigating Rhode Island’s Zoning Regulations

By Elizabeth McDonough Noonan on March 7, 2018 It’s Your Business Blog

Thinking about bringing your business to Rhode Island? Interested in expanding and developing in this state? If yes, you will...

Posted In: Business Law, Land Use Law

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Areas of LAW

  • Environmental
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate

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