Noel Fidel received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1966, his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1969, and an LL.M. in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia in 1991. Fidel was a member of the Superior Court in Maricopa County from 1982-87 and of Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1987-2002. During his tenure on those courts, he served as the Superior Court’s Civil Presiding Judge, as Division One’s Chief Judge, and as Chairman of the Commission on Judicial Conduct. He is listed in The Best Lawyers of America® in the Appellate Practice category.
In 2002-03, Fidel became the Merriam Distinguished Professor of Law at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He remained at the College of Law for six years, teaching first-year Torts and Statutory Interpretation each year, as well as serving as Associate Dean from 2003-08.
Fidel is a Life Member of the American Law Institute, where he served as an adviser on its Enterprise Liability Project and on the Restatement of Law, Third, Torts: Apportionment of Liability. Past honors include the American Jewish Committee’s Learned Hand Award, the City of Phoenix Martin Luther King Day “Living the Dream Award,” and the Mariciopa County Bar Association’s Henry S. Stevens Award. He is president emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and a board member of the Arizona Justice Project.
Read selected publications:
- A Salutation, 25 Litigation 3 (fall 1998).
- Waltz Me Around Again, Willie: Reflections on Discovery Practice, Sharp Elbows, Junkyard Dogs, and the Elusive Spirit of Cooperation, Arizona Bar Journal, Oct./Nov. 1984, at 10.
- Some Dos and Don’ts of Motion Writing, Arizona Bar Journal, Aug. 1983, at 8.