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Retired Partner

Margaret Hill Noto


Margaret Hill “Peggy” Noto is a retired partner no longer practicing law. To connect with a corporate lawyer, please click here.

Peggy Noto is a retired partner of Stoel Rives who practiced in the firm’s Corporate group. Peggy’s practice emphasized representing publicly held and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, and corporate, securities, executive compensation and corporate governance matters. She was responsible for corporate and executive compensation matters and M&A and securities transactions for many of Stoel Rives’ large publicly held clients. Peggy regularly advised general counsels, chief financial officers, chief executive officers and boards of directors on a wide range of corporate matters and obligations under corporate and securities laws. She also represented corporations, executives and private equity firms in negotiating and drafting employment, incentive, change in control and severance agreements. During her career, Peggy led the Stoel Rives team in handling some of the largest mergers and acquisitions involving Oregon companies.


University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), J.D., 1978; Order of the Coif

Reed College, B.A., 1975


Representative M&A and Financing Transactions

  • Represented Radar, Inc. in its $6.4 million equity financing
  • Represented ID Experts in its spinoff of Radar, Inc.
  • Represented ID Experts in its transactions with Peloton Equity
  • Represented Pendleton Grain Growers, Inc. in the sale of grain elevators and other grain assets to United Grain Corporation of Oregon
  • Represented ID Experts in its 2016 private equity financing
  • Represented the owners of Anthro Corporation in its sale to Nortek, Inc.
  • Represented the CEO of a company in the sale to a private equity firm
  • Represented Jeld-Wen Holding, inc. in private equity financings
  • Represented Tektronix, Inc. in its $2.8 billion sale to Danaher Corporation
  • Represented Tektronix, Inc. in the $925 million sale of its printer division to Xerox
  • Represented Fred Meyer, Inc. in its $13.5 billion sale to The Kroger Co.
  • Represented Fred Meyer, Inc. it its acquisitions of Ralphs Grocery Company ($3.1 billion), Smith’s Food & Drug Centers, Inc. ($701 million) and Quality Food Centers, Inc. ($1.7 billion)
  • Represented Sequent Computer Systems, Inc. in its $760 million sale to IBM

Large Company Representation

Lead outside counsel or member of the Stoel Rives team that provides corporate, M&A, securities or executive compensation representation to a number of Stoel Rives large clients, including:

  • Northwest Natural Gas Company
  • ESCO Corporation
  • Jeld-Wen Holdings, inc.
  • Precision Castparts Corp.
  • Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. 



  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Corporate Compliance Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2015 and 2019; Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2013 and 2016; Securities/Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2014; and Mergers & Acquisitions Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2012
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation), 1995-2020
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Oregon) by Chambers USA (Corporate/Merger & Acquisitions), 2004-2018
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® (Securities & Corporate Finance, Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions), 2006-2013



  • Oregon State Bar, Securities Regulation Section, former Chairperson
  • Corporate and Securities Law Legislative Task Force, former Member
  • Oregon State Bar, Legal Aid Committee, former Chairperson


  • Reed College, Trustee
  • Oregon Independent Colleges Foundation, former Board Member
  • Oregon Lawyers for Children, past President 
  • Reed College Alumni Association, past President
  • National Charity League (Oregon Rose Chapter), former Vice President of Philanthropy
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