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 Convention Working Group, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, the ABA Working Group on the Advancement of Lawyer Well-Being, and as a member of the ABA House of Delegates.
Lynda is a past president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), which is the national association of lawyers who advise and represent other lawyers on legal ethics, discipline and malpractice matters. Lynda also is a past president of the Scottsdale Bar Association.