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Noah Fiedler helps corporations and public entities avoid litigation and prevail in complex disputes. Having served as chief executive officer of a trade association for several years and as an elected official, Mr. Fiedler has a unique vantage point from which he assesses clients' problems and devises solutions. He counsels on risk management and resolves commercial disputes through negotiation, mediation or, if necessary, litigation. Mr. Fiedler's clients benefit from his business experience and results-oriented approach.

Mr. Fiedler also represents lawyers in the defense of malpractice claims and in disciplinary proceedings, and counsels individual lawyers, law firms, and legal departments on risk management and ethics issues. He contributes to the discourse on this evolving area of law by serving as co-editor of and regular contributor to Hinshaw's Lawyers for the Profession® blog and co-editor of Hinshaw's Lawyer's Lawyer newsletter.

Mr. Fiedler's clients appreciate his pragmatic approach to litigation. He partners with clients to find the best solution, assessing potential impacts on the organization as a whole and not simply within the context of the litigation.

Helping his clients find a way through their roadblocks or difficulties is what Mr. Fiedler enjoys most about being a lawyer.

Professional Background

Mr. Fiedler has extensive experience as an appointed and elected official in Wisconsin. He has served in multiple elected leadership positions in his local community with varying responsibilities and areas of oversight, including planning and public works.

For three years, Mr. Fiedler served as chief executive officer of a regional real estate trade association, during which time the organization grew to include three additional counties. Under Mr. Fiedler’s leadership, the association successfully defeated multiple municipal, county, and state legislative efforts that would have harmed member businesses.

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation Section
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers

Honors & Awards

  • M Magazine Top Milwaukee-Area Litigator (2012–2015)
  • Recognized by the Milwaukee Justice Center on its 2013 Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine (2010)

Representative Matters

An experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Fiedler has led or second-chaired more than 20 trials. He has helped large corporations and public entities such as cities and school districts achieve their business and organizational goals:

  • Represented a commercial litigator in legal malpractice claims of alleged negligence arising from a complex fraud case. Following strategic motion practice, negotiated settlement for a nominal 6% of the plaintiff's settlement demand on eve of summary judgment hearing.
  • Represented Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. in a design defect case, first-chairing damages and second-chairing liability to obtain a unanimous defense verdict. The lawsuit arose out of a one-car rollover resulting in plaintiff’s ejection from the sunroof of her 1999 Volkswagen Jetta and subsequent paraplegia. Plaintiff sought $27 million in damages, but recovered $0.
  • Defended a global sourcer of foundry and metal parts facing a significant uninsured claim brought by a sales representative seeking to recover under Wisconsin's commissioned salespersons' statute. After advancing counterclaims and obtaining successful dismissal of a variety of the plaintiff's claims, favorably settled the case. The client was pleased to avoid the cost and risk of further litigation.
  • Represented a regional warehousing and transportation logistics company that faced allegations that it induced a breach of fiduciary duty and interference with multiple contracts. After a favorable District Court decision and an appeal to the Seventh Circuit, the case settled.
  • Represented a global restaurant chain in litigation arising from a food-borne illness outbreak that made headlines nationwide. Settled the majority of the eight-figure case before trial, leaving only the restaurant chain's cross-claims to be tried. Successfully defended the multi-million dollar judgment before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Presentations

  • "The Flawed Five: Ethical Traps to Avoid," webcast, West LegalEdcenter, December 10, 2015.
  • "Federal Court Conduct and Ethics," webcast, West LegalEdcenter, August 20, 2015.
  • "Federal Litigation 101: Ethical Issues That Arise in Federal Court," webcast, National Business Institute, August 2015.
  • "Bending the Bars: Testing the Bounds of the Actual Innocence Requirement in Criminal Legal Malpractice," Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 2015.

  • "Don't Let the Investigators Get You Down: The Ethics of Representing a Client During a Law Enforcement Investigation," webcast, West LegalEdcenter, January 2015.

  • "The Ethics of Spilled Milk: Reacting After Mistakes" webcast, West LegalEdcenter, October 2014.

  • "Multiple Clients, One Matter: The Ethics of Serving Many Masters," webcast, West LegalEdcenter, July 2013.

  • "Three Keys to a Successful Attorney/Client Relationship," Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce, Muskego, Wisconsin, September 2010.
  • "Getting Your Lawyer Paid By Someone Else: Sweet Indemnification," Association of Corporate Counsel—Wisconsin Chapter Annual Conference, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, May 2010.

Publications

Hinshaw Publications

Personal

Aside from the Badgers, Noah's favorite thing about Wisconsin is the summertime. The strangest thing he's ever eaten is a cricket taco, and he claims to have enjoyed it.

Education

J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 1995

B.S., Business Administration, Ambassador University, 1992

A.A., Theology, Ambassador University, 1990

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