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 over three 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 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

  • National Law Journal, Litigation Trailblazer (2020)
  • Chambers USA, Recognized Practitioner (Nationwide Appellate Law) (2019-2020)
  • Legal 500 US, Recommended Lawyer (Dispute resolution - Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)) (2019-2020)
  • California Lawyer, California Lawyer of the Year (appellate law category) (2015 & 2008)
  • 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

Author

  • “Justice Stevens: Setting an example for all of us,” SCOTUSblog (July 18, 2019)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “The U.S. Supreme Court: Laying Down the Law,” Public Affairs Council’s Public Affairs Institute (January 9, 2020)

In the News

Law360: Why Can’t Female Lawyers Make Headway At The High Court?

July 14, 2020

Law360: The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

July 10, 2020

Supreme Court Brief: Revisiting the Ministerial Exception | Roberts Blocks Investigation | Trump, DOJ and House Align | Kansas SG Is Latest Court Pick

May 11, 2020

Associated Press: Blind Justice- No Visual Cues in High Court Phone Cases

April 28, 2020

The New York Times’ “The Daily”: The Supreme Court Rules From Home

April 21, 2020

Bloomberg Law: Supreme Court Bolsters Unanimous Jury Rule in Louisiana Case

April 20, 2020

SCOTUSblog: A “View” from the Courtroom- “Strong Feelings” in the Latest Abortion Case

March 4, 2020

Supreme Court Brief: Louisiana and Clinic Clash Over the Record

January 8, 2020

Supreme Court Brief: Louisiana and Clinic Clash Over the Record

January 8, 2020

Law360: 200 GOP Lawmakers Ask High Court to Rethink Roe v. Wade

January 2, 2020

Law360: 5th Circ. Ignored Precedent, La. Abortion Clinic Tells Justices

November 25, 2019

The National Law Journal: Appellate Hot List 2019- O’Melveny & Myers

October 25, 2019

SCOTUSblog: Justice Stevens—Setting an Example for all of us

July 18, 2019

Voice of America: Trump's 2nd Supreme Court Pick Defies Expectations

April 30, 2019

National Law Journal: US Justice Dept. Warns of Age Bias ‘Loophole’ in SCOTUS Case

October 2, 2018

The National Law Journal’s “Supreme Court Brief:” A Return to Normalcy (With Eight Justices)

October 1, 2018

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