About Judge Fidel

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.

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. Since reentering private practice, Fidel has been repeatedly listed in The Best Lawyers of America® in the Appellate Practice category.

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.  Fidel has provided pro bono counsel since 2011 to clients of the Arizona Justice Project and has served on its Board of Directors since 2013. He is a past Board chair of Chicanos por la Causa and past president of the Dartmouth College Alumni Association and of the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project.

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