Debra L. Fischer

Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Debra L. Fischer

Debra L. Fischer

Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Biography

Debra Fischer has practiced employment law and unfair competition/trade secret litigation for 29 years, successfully trying cases in both California state and federal courts as well as in arbitration. Debra regularly counsels employers in all aspects of employment law compliance, risk avoidance, and crisis management. She is regularly called upon to give advice on trade secret and unfair competition issues that arise when employees change employment and handles the litigation that often ensues from such departures.

Extended Profile

Debra also defends clients in a wide variety of employment disputes, including sexual harassment and wrongful termination suits. She has particular understanding of the financial services area, regularly representing accounting firms, broker-dealers, insurance brokers and companies, private equity firms, mortgage companies, and other financial institutions. Debra often handles employment disputes with high-level executives and other confidential matters involving high profile individuals. Debra’s appellate work includes successfully briefing and arguing cases in state and federal courts of appeal, including briefing in the US Supreme Court.

Debra is co-leader of Morgan Lewis’s Labor and Employment Group’s Trade Secret and Unfair Competition Task Force. Before joining Morgan Lewis, Debra was a partner in the labor and employment practice of another international law firm, where she was the leader of the group as well as administrative partner of the firm’s managing partner team and chair of the committee on associates.

Debra has provided pro bono assistance to parents of children seeking to obtain better and more comprehensive health education in public schools, and currently serves as board Chair for the Forgotten International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing programs to alleviate poverty, particularly for women and children.

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Counsel at Bingham McCutchen LLP

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General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel at Bingham McCutchen LLP

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Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Co-Chair, Antitrust, Competition & Trade Regulation Practice Group at Bingham McCutchen LLP

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Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Debra L. Fischer
Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Education
Juris Doctor
Class of 1989

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, commonly referred to as Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley Law is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation, with acceptance rates lower than every school except Yale and Stanford. The Department of Jurisprudence was founded at Berkeley in 1894. In 1912, the department was renamed the School of Jurisprudence, which was then renamed the School of Law in 1950. The School was originally located in the center of the main UC Berkeley campus in the Boalt Memorial Hall of Law, built in 1911 with funds largely from Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt donated in memory of her late husband, John Henry Boalt. In 1951, the School moved to its current location in the new Boalt Hall, at the southeast corner of the campus, and the old Boalt Hall was renamed Durant Hall. In April 2008, the law school rebranded itself from "Boalt Hall" to "Berkeley Law", in order to more closely tie the law school's name with the campus upon which it resides. The administration hopes that this move will further increase the law school's prestige, since people will now associate it with the Berkeley campus.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1986

The University of California, Davis (also referred to as UCD, UC Davis, or Davis) is a public teaching and research university located in Davis, California just west of Sacramento. The campus covers 7,309 acres (2,958 ha), making it the largest within the 10 campus University of California system. UC Davis also has the third largest enrollment in the UC System after UCLA and UC Berkeley. The University of California, Davis campus is the largest campus in the UC system by land area, spanning 7,309 acres (2,957.8 ha) across two counties: Yolo and Solano. Though named after the City of Davis, the campus is technically located adjacent to the City of Davis in an unincorporated part of Yolo and Solano counties. The main campus is located 15 miles (24.1 km) west of Sacramento in the Sacramento Valley, part of California's Central Valley, and is adjacent to Interstate Highway 80. The Davis campus is the only school within the UC system with an airport, just west of main campus, and is one of two UC schools with its own fire department; the other being UC Santa Cruz. The campus is also conveniently located approximately an hour away from both San Francisco and the Napa Valley and two hours from Lake Tahoe. It is also one of only three schools in the University of California system, the others being UC Berkeley and UC Irvine, with a nuclear lab.

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Fellow
Current

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, was founded in 1995 on the 60th anniversary of the National Labor Relations Board and the 30th anniversary of Title VII and Executive Order 11246. The College began as a non -profit professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of Labor and Employment Law. It has now evolved to become an intellectual and practical resource for the support of our profession and our many audiences. The primary purpose of the College is recognition of individuals, sharing knowledge and delivering value to the many different groups who can benefit from its value model.

Member
Current

To promote the interest of women attorneys and judges.

Member
Current

To advance women in the profession of law and to better the position of women in society.

Career History
Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group
Current

Bingham McCutchen LLP is engaged in the provision of legal services and guides its regional, national, and international clients in corporate law, finance, and litigation. The firm also offers consulting and advisory services in government, investment management, and mergers and acquisitions. The company was founded on July 1, 2002 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Partner
Current

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides transactional, litigation, labor and employment, regulatory, and intellectual property legal services to various industries. Their industry-focused practices include: antitrust, energy, life sciences, and securities. The company was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Compliance & Legal Division
Prior

SIFMA's mission is to develop policies and practices which strengthen financial markets and which encourage capital availability, job creation and economic growth while building trust and confidence in the financial industry. SIFMA, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., is the U.S. regional member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA).

Boards & Committees
Chair of the Committee on Associates
Current

Bingham McCutchen LLP is engaged in the provision of legal services and guides its regional, national, and international clients in corporate law, finance, and litigation. The firm also offers consulting and advisory services in government, investment management, and mergers and acquisitions. The company was founded on July 1, 2002 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Member, Board of Directors
Current

The Forgotten International (TFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of impoverished and "forgotten" people in the poorest areas of the world.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

Boalt Hall Alumni Association mission is to foster Boalt Hall's tradition of educational excellence, strengthen the relationships among alumni, faculty and students and promote the development of law school resources.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$25K - $50K
2017

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) seeks to achieve equal justice for low-income people

$1,000 - $2,499
2015

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) seeks to achieve equal justice for low-income people

$10K - $25K
2014

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) seeks to achieve equal justice for low-income people

Political Donations
$500
2008

Former President of United States

$2,300
2007

Former Senator from New York

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Citrix Systems, Inc. purchases NetScaler, Inc.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the California Bar
Court Admission: US Supreme Court
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
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