Jeffrey L. Fisher

Special Counsel

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Jeffrey Fisher, one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court practitioners and scholars, represents clients in high-stakes litigation involving a wide range of civil and criminal issues. He has argued nearly four dozen cases in the Court—including 12 in the previous four Terms. Over the past several years, Jeff was also found in a recent study to have the highest rate of obtaining grants of certiorari of any member of the private bar.

His successes include several landmark decisions. Among them:

  • Jam v. Int’l Fin. Corp., in which the Court addressed the International Organizations Immunities Act (IOIA) for the first time;
  • Riley v. California, in which the Court for the first time applied the Fourth Amendment’s protections against unreasonable searches to digital information on smart phones; 
  • Crawford v. Washington and Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, in which he persuaded the Court to adopt a new approach to the Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause; 
  • Endrew F. v. Douglas County Sch. Dist., in which the Court established the substantive standard for enforcing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; and
  • Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado, in which the Court held that that the Constitution requires courts to consider juror testimony regarding deliberations when racial bias may have been a significant motivating factor in the decision to convict.
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Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers® Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year” in San Jose, California (2022-2023); Jeffrey has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2007.
  • California Lawyer, California Lawyer of the Year (appellate law category) (2021, 2015, 2008)
  • Daily Journal, “Top 100 Lawyers” list (2021)
  • Law360 MVP: Appellate (2020)
  • National Law Journal, Litigation Trailblazer (2020)
  • Chambers USA, Recognized Practitioner (Nationwide Appellate Law) (2019-2022)
  • Legal 500 US, Recommended Lawyer (Dispute resolution - Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)) (2019-2022)
  • National Law Journal, 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America (2013 & 2006)
  • Lawyers Weekly USA, Lawyer of the Year (one of ten) (2009 & 2004)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award (organization’s highest honor) (2008)
  • The American Lawyer, “Fab 50” Litigators Under 45 (2007)
  • Daily Journal, Top 20 (in California) Under 40 (2007)
  • National Law Journal’s “40 Under 40” (one of ten lawyers “of special note” within group) (2005)
  • National Law Journal Lawyer of the Year, Runner-Up (2004)
  • Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Professionalism Award (2004)
  • Recipient, Order of the Coif, University of Michigan Law School (1997)

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • US Supreme Court and numerous federal courts of appeals

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1997
  • Duke University, A.B., 1992

Professional Activities

Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of the Due Process Institute and on multiple committees of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also recently served on the Practitioners Committee of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court.

In addition to these roles, Jeff regularly publishes articles and comments in national media outlets on an array of legal issues. He speaks to organizations ranging from the National Association of Attorneys General to the National Association of Federal Defenders.  He also frequently appears at judicial conferences.

In the News

Bloomberg Law: Solicitor General’s Office Remains High Court Diversity Pipeline

October 12, 2022

Law360: High Court Allows Longer Arguments In ICWA Dispute

October 4, 2022

POLITICO: Opinion | The Other Way the Supreme Court is Nullifying Precedent

September 16, 2022

POLITICO: Opinion | The Supreme Court Reform that Could Actually Win Bipartisan Support

July 21, 2022

Law360: The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

July 5, 2021

Bloomberg Law: Supreme Court Curbs Warrantless Home Entry for Misdemeanors

June 23, 2021

Reuters Legal: Q&A: How SCOTUS pro Jeffrey Fisher of Stanford and O’Melveny carved his own path

June 16, 2021

Law360 Justices Question Broadening Reentry Paths For Deportees

April 28, 2021

Law360: Justices To Decide If Defendants Can Invite Barred Evidence

April 19, 2021

Law360: Appellate Group of the Year - O’Melveny

December 3, 2020

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