Noah Fiedler helps his clients—from lawyers and law firms to corporations and public entities—navigate through the roadblocks and difficulties they face. Noah's clients value his pragmatic approach to both litigation and counseling. By assessing potential impacts on the organization as a whole, he provides his clients with the best solution to their situation, going beyond the context of litigation. 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 provides risk management counsel for corporations and public entities and 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 risk management resources, including Hinshaw's Safety Net®. He is also the co-editor of Hinshaw's Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter and Cyber Alerts.
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.
As an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Noah teaches "Professional Responsibility."
- State Bar of Wisconsin, Member, 1995 – Present
- Litigation Section, Member, 1995 – Present
- Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Member, 2014 – Present
- 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.
- 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, "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
- 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
- May 18, 2016Appointments Serve to Re-Generate and Add to Diversity of Firm Leadership
- Noah Fiedler Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Article Build Record to Defuse Claims for Not Giving Business AdviceMarch 14, 2016
- April 25, 2019
- April 23, 2019Cyber Alert
- April 18, 2019Cyber Alert
- April 16, 2019Cyber Alert
- April 9, 2019Cyber Alert
- March 19, 2019
- March 8, 2019Cyber Alert
- February 12, 2019Cyber Alert
- January 29, 2019Cyber Alert
- December 21, 2018Cyber Alert
- November 27, 2018Cyber Alert
- November 8, 2018Cyber Alert
- October 30, 2018
- October 23, 2018
- October 16, 2018Cyber Alert
- October 11, 2018Cyber Alert
- October 9, 2018Cyber Alert
- September 17, 2018
- August 1, 2018Cyber Alert
- June 4, 2018Cyber Alert
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