Kathy Fisher, who has been successfully trying cases for more than 30 years, has been lead attorney on many high-stakes matters over the course of her career, representing Marin Community Foundation in the Buck Trust litigation, Bank of America on high profile financial services class action matters, the executor of the estate of DHL Founder Larry Hillblom in what has been called the “World Cup” of probate litigation, and the Japanese bankruptcy trustee for EIE International in a precedent setting $200 million settlement.
Ms. Fisher is actively engaged in a general business litigation and trial practice, including complex cross-border litigation and class actions involving consumers, Title VII, and ERISA. She also has extensive experience in real property, professional liability, fiduciary, international, and ADR-related litigation. She has tried many jury and non-jury cases, including consumer class actions and unfair competition, criminal defense, labor and probate matters.
In 2011, The Recorder named Ms. Fisher one of "20 Women Leaders in the Law" in recognition of her standing as one of California's leading lawyers. The Daily Journal named her one of California's Top Women Litigators in 2008 and 2009 and she has been selected by her peers for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers (2007-2011).
Ms. Fisher was formerly a partner with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco where she was lead counsel on a number of high-profile cases. She became an associate at Morrison in 1976 and a partner in 1982. She was worldwide Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department from 1993 to 1996, longtime member of Morrison’s Board of Directors, and formerly Managing Partner of the San Francisco office.
She has authored books and numerous articles on trial and ADR topics. She is also a frequent lecturer and panelist on a variety of topics in the civil litigation area for organizations such as the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the American Bar Association, Continuing Education of the Bar, and the Northern District of California Federal Practice Program.
Ms. Fisher is active in professional and civic organizations. She is a member of the San Francisco Law Library Commission and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco and various San Francisco-based non-profits. She is currrently a member of the board of directors of Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation. She has received numerous awards for community service, including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Leadership Award in 2004.
Ms. Fisher received her B.A. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1971, cum laude, and her J.D. degree from the University of California, Davis Law School in 1976, Order of the Coif. She externed for Justice Raymond Sullivan of the California Supreme Court in 1976.