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Errors and Ethics: The Care and Handling of Mistakes

Speaker(s): Noah D. Fiedler, Shelley Bethune
Recorded on: Oct. 29, 2020
PLI Program #: 314511

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.

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. He is the editor of Hinshaw's Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter, 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.


Shelley defends professionals in a wide range of liability issues, focusing on counseling attorneys facing disciplinary and malpractice matters. Having worked as Litigation Counsel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), Shelley has a deep knowledge and understanding of attorney disciplinary proceedings.

During her tenure with the ARDC, Shelley investigated hundreds of charges of lawyer misconduct, including the misappropriation of client funds, criminal conduct, conflicts of interest, and the neglect of client matters. She also represented the Administrator of the ARDC in over 20 proceedings before the Inquiry and Hearing Boards, handling all phases of the litigation, and before the Illinois Supreme Court.

With her extensive experience, Shelley frequently presented to Chicago-area law schools, bar associations, and other entities on ethics and professional responsibility. Currently, she is an inaugural member of the ABA New Lawyers Steering Committee.