The Florida Bar YLD’s #YLDisMe initiative seeks to celebrate diversity in The Florida Bar and defy the stereotype of who a lawyer is and what a lawyer does. Recently, our initiative featured Guy Noa, a standout lawyer from Miami.
Guy was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Hawaii. He later moved to Miami where he graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law. Guy was drawn to Miami because of its warm weather, proximity to the water, and diverse culture—all things he enjoyed about Hawaii.
Guy works as an associate at Fowler White Burnett’s Miami office. His practice involves representing defendants in trucking, automobile, and products liability cases. He was recently named by Best Lawyers in America as “One to Watch” in products liability litigation. Asked about how his background has impacted his practice, Guy explained: “I believe my multi-ethnic background and experience growing up in Hawaii has helped me in better connecting with and understanding all those I encounter through my practice, from clients, opposing parties and counsel, to those within my legal team. “
Outside of work, Guy is active in the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida where he serves as President. APABA works to promote diversity in the legal profession and address discrimination and bias in the community. This work has taken on particular significance for APABA in light of a recent increase in anti-Asian discrimination connected with the pandemic.
Guy is also active in CrossFit. Together with other members of his gym, he routinely gives his time to community service including raising money and gathering supplies for disaster relief efforts. Guy also enjoys paddle boarding and spending time with his dog Malie (which means calm in Hawaiian). Notably, Guy also plays the ukulele.