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Faculty and Administration Profiles

Tracy L. Kepler

Title/s:  Adjunct Professor
Risk Control Consulting Director, Global Specialty, Lawyers Professional Liability

Phone: 312.405.2930

Email: tracy.kepler@cna.com


Tracy L. Kepler is the Risk Control Consulting Director for CNA’s Lawyers Insurance Program. In this role, she designs and develops content and distribution of risk control initiatives relevant to the practice of law. She collaborates with the underwriting and claims teams to develop and execute strategies for the profitable growth of the program. Kepler lectures frequently at CNA-sponsored events and at state and local bar associations and national seminars hosted by industry-leading organizations. She also writes articles focusing on law firm risk control and professional responsibility issues.

Prior to joining CNA, Kepler served as the Director of the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility (CPR), providing national leadership in developing and interpreting standards and scholarly resources in legal and judicial ethics, professional regulation, professionalism, client protection, professional liability and attorney well-being. From 2014-2016, Kepler served as an Associate Solicitor in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), where she concentrated her practice in the investigation, prosecution and appeal of patent/trademark practitioner disciplinary matters before the Agency, U.S. District Courts and Federal Circuit, provided policy advice on ethics and discipline related matters to senior management, and drafted and revised Agency regulations. From 2000-2014, she served as Senior Litigation Counsel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), where she investigated and prosecuted cases of attorney misconduct.

Kepler has served in various volunteer capacities, including as President, on the Board of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), a nonprofit organization of legal professionals whose members enforce ethics rules that regulate the professional conduct of lawyers who practice law in the United States and abroad. Kepler is an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, and Loyola University Chicago School of Law teaching Legal Ethics. Committed to the promotion and encouragement of professional responsibility and attorney well-being throughout her career, Kepler has served on the ABA’s Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs, where she was a Commission member, a member of its Advisory Committee, the Chair of its Education and Senior Lawyer Committees, and also a member of its National Conference Planning Committee. She serves on the Board of the Institute of Well-Being in Law and is an author of its Well-Being Report. She is also an Advisory Board Member of the Mindfulness in Law Society.


BA in History & Art History, Northwestern University
JD, New England Law

Program Areas

Legal Ethics, Professional Responsibility, Legal Malpractice, Risk Management

Courses Taught

Professional Responsibility

Selected Publications

2017 Path to Lawyer Well-Being Report & Recommendation - https://lawyerwellbeing.net/the-report/