Noah Fiedler helps his lawyer and law firm clients navigate many, and varied, difficulties. Noah's clients value his pragmatic approach to both litigation and counseling. By assessing potential impacts on the practice as a whole, he advises legal service providers regarding creative and practical solutions to their situations. He has extensive experience defending lawyers in malpractice claims and in disciplinary proceedings, as well as counseling individual lawyers, law firms, and legal departments on risk management and ethics issues.
In addition, Noah resolves commercial disputes through negation, mediation or, if necessary, litigation.
With his vast knowledge on the subject, Noah has been vital in developing a variety of law firm risk management resources, including Hinshaw's LawyeringLaw, and Safety Net®. He is also the editor of Hinshaw's Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter and co-editor of its Cyber Alerts, and serves on the planning committee for the annual Legal Malpractice and Risk Management Conference.
Noah has wide-ranging 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.
Noah teaches "Professional Responsibility" as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- Litigation Section
- Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
- Member Committee, Chair, 2016 – Present
Honors & Awards
- M Magazine Top Milwaukee-Area Litigator, 2012 – 2016
An experienced trial lawyer, Noah 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.
- Moderator, "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Managing the Risk in Pro Bono Representation," LMRM Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 5, 2020
- Co-Presenter, "Legal Ethics of Client Communications: Protect Your Professional Reputation and Prevent Client Complaints," NBI Webinar, December 27, 2019
- Co-Presenter, "Legal Ethics of Technology Competence: Attorney Requirements and Responsibilities Under the New Legal Ethics Technology Competence Duty," NBI Seminar, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, December 17, 2019
- Co-Presenter, "The 7 Deadly Sins of Legal Ethics," National Business Institute, June 29, 2018; Rebroadcast, May 14, 2019
- Co-Presenter, "Legal Ethics of Client Communication," National Business Institute, June 19, 2018; Rebroadcast, March 14, 2019
- Co-Presenter, "Legal Ethics: New & Proposed Rules & Top Ethics Opinions," National Business Institute, December 20, 2018
- "Swindlers, Scammers, and Sharks: Protecting Trust Account Funds," American Bar Association, August 16, 2018
- Co-Presenter, "Legal Ethics: New Rules for Client Due Diligence," National Business Institute, April 18, 2018
- "A Fool and His/Her (Clients') Money," Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 7, 2018
- Co-Presenter, "Legal Ethics: Solutions to the Most Common Challenges," National Business Institute, February 27, 2018
- Co-Presenter, "Legal Ethics: Top 10 Client Mistakes," National Business Institute, January 31, 2018
- Co-Presenter, "Legal Ethics: Attorney Fees and Client Funds,", National Business Institute, Pewaukee, Wisconsin, December 20, 2017
- "Legal Ethics of Technology Competence," National Business Institute, November 3, 2017
- "Regulation of the Legal Profession in the United States: Overview," Regulation of the Legal Profession Global Guide, April 1, 2017
- "Agree to Disagree: Arbitrations and the Clauses that Create Them," Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2, 2017
- "Legal Ethics: Hot Topics and Current Events," National Business Institute, December 20, 2016
- "Legal Ethics in a Nutshell," National Business Institute, October 19, 2016
- "A Lawyer's Obligation to Provide Business Advice," Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2, 2016
- "The Flawed Five: Ethical Traps to Avoid," West LegalEdcenter, December 10, 2015
- "Federal Court Conduct and Ethics," West LegalEdcenter, August 20, 2015
- "Federal Litigation 101: Ethical Issues That Arise in Federal Court," 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," West LegalEdcenter, January 2015
- "The Ethics of Spilled Milk: Reacting After Mistakes" West LegalEdcenter, October 2014
- Co-Author, "Do You Really Know Everything About That Lateral Hire?," Bloomberg Law, January 13, 2020
- Co-Author, "Everyone Has Baggage: Limiting the Liability that Travels with Lateral Hires," DRI's For the Defense, August 2019
- Co-Author, "Due Diligence When Bringing Laterals and Their Cases into Your Firm" DRI's Professionalism Perspectives Newsletter, Vol. 19, No. 2, September, 28, 2018
- "The Case for Amending Conflict-Related Outside Counsel Guidelines," Thomson Reuters Westlaw, December 12, 2017
- Co-Author, "The Case for Negotiating OCG Conflict and Indemnity Provisions," In-House Defense Quarterly, Fall 2017
- Co-Author, "Regulation of the Legal Profession in the United States: Overview," Thomson Reuters Practical Law, May 2017
- Co-Author, "The New Battle Over Conflicts on Interest: Should Professional Regulators—or Clients—Decide What Is a Conflict?," The Professional Lawyer, Volume 24, Number 2, 2017
- "Lessons for Law Firms on Client Intake (Perspective)," Bloomberg Law, June 30, 2016
- Co-Author, "Indemnity Provisions in Outside Counsel Guidelines: A Tale of Unintended Consequences," The Professional Lawyer, Volume 23, Number 4, 2015
- "Developments in the Actual Innocence Element of Criminal Legal Malpractice Claims," DRI's Riding the E&O Line newsletter, June 2015
- September 24, 2019
- As Severity of Legal Malpractice Claims Rise, LawyeringLaw.com Provides Risk Management Tools and Services for Lawyers and Law FirmsJune 18, 2019Leading Professional Liability Defense Firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP Creates Next Generation Lawyeringlaw.com Service to Meet Increased Challenges of Today’s Legal Practice
- Fiedler and Davis Discuss Professional Ethics Due Diligence for Firms Bringing in Laterals and Their CasesOctober 1, 2018
- Anthony Davis Speaks to The American Lawyer About the Growing Problem of "Objectively Outrageous" Outside Counsel GuidelinesMay 18, 2018
- May 17, 2017
- March 28, 2017
- June 30, 2016
- Anthony Davis and Noah Fiedler Author Article in The Professional Lawyer on Indemnity Provisions in Outside Counsel GuidelinesJune 16, 2016
- March 23, 2020
- March 18, 2020Cyber Alert
- March 13, 2020
- February 20, 2020
- January 6, 2020Cyber Alert
- December 19, 2019
- December 2, 2019Cyber Alert
- November 22, 2019Cyber Alert
- November 13, 2019Cyber Alert
- November 7, 2019Cyber Alert
- October 31, 2019
- July 31, 2019
- July 22, 2019Cyber Alert
- May 29, 2019
- April 25, 2019
- April 23, 2019Cyber Alert
- April 18, 2019Cyber Alert
- April 16, 2019Cyber Alert
- April 9, 2019Cyber Alert
- March 19, 2019
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.
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 1995
B.S., Business Administration, Ambassador University, 1992
A.A., Theology, Ambassador University, 1990
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin