Lynda opened The Shely Firm, PC in 2003 after serving as the State Bar of Arizona’s Director of Lawyer Ethics for ten years. Lynda represents legal professionals, including law firms, in-house corporate legal departments, individual lawyers and government entities in ethics, risk management, and professional responsibility matters.

Lynda advises lawyers in responding to Bar inquiries, serves as a practice monitor for lawyers in discipline diversion programs, consults with firms on ethics compliance including staff training, law firm practice management procedures (calendaring, conflict checking, client intake procedures, communication policies, fee agreement requirements,  record retention policies, and risk assessment), trust account reviews, and she reviews lawyer advertising and marketing for ethics compliance.  Lynda also provides in-house CLE ethics programs customized to each firm.

Lynda also serves as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases, fee disputes, motions to disqualify, and unauthorized practice of law claims.   Lynda has been qualified as an expert in Arizona legal ethics.

Lynda is a frequent national speaker on all legal ethics, risk management, professional liability, billing, unauthorized practice of law, legal marketing, social media and technology ethics issues, and professionalism topics.

As the Director of Ethics at the State Bar of Arizona from 1993 until 2003 Lynda answered approximately 8000 ethics calls each year and drafted dozens of written ethics advisory opinions published by the State Bar Ethics Committee. She also supervised the unauthorized practice of law counsel, the Fee Arbitration Program, and Peer Review Committee.  She served as staff counsel to the Client Protection Fund and Ethics Committee. Lynda began her legal career in 1987 as an intellectual property associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Washington, D.C.

As a member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Ethical Rules Review Group and Multijurisdictional Task Force, Lynda helped with the drafting of both the 2003 extensive amendments to the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct as well as the amendments to Ethical Rule 5.5 to permit temporary practice in Arizona by out-of-state lawyers.

Lynda currently serves on the State Bar of Arizona’s Professionalism Committee and Convention Committee, and the Maricopa County Bar Association’s CLE Committee.

Lynda is the 2015-2016 President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), which is the national association of lawyers who advise/teach/testify/represent other lawyers on legal ethics, legal malpractice, and lawyer discipline matters.

Prior Adjunct Positions:

  • University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law professional responsibility (2012 – 2014)
  • Arizona Summit School of Law – professional responsibility, forming a law firm, and law office management (2006 – 2014)
  • Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law – professional responsibility (Fall 2008 and Spring 2012)

Awards:

  • 2015 Arizona Women Lawyers’ Association – Maricopa Chapter – Ruth V. McGregor Award
  • 2007 State Bar of Arizona Member of the Year
  • 2010 Scottsdale Bar Association Award of Excellence
  • 2002 Recipient of the Attorney Law-Related Education Award, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
  • 2004 Recipient of the State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education Award

Associations:

  • 2015-2016 President, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Scottsdale Bar Association (and past president and director)
  • Member, American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility and law Practice Management and Litigation Sections
  • Past member of several American Bar Association Committees including the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, the ABA Professional Responsibility Conference Planning Committee and the Standing Committee on Client Protection (past chair)
  • Member, Maricopa County Bar Association, Arizona Women Lawyers Association, and several State Bar of Arizona committees
  • 2016-2018 State Bar of Arizona Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates

Admissions:

  • Arizona
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania (inactive)

Education:

  • BA – Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1983
  • JD – Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, Washington, DC 1987

Hometowns:

Yardley, Pennsylvania and Beach Haven, New Jersey

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