B.S. Michigan State University, 1967
M.A. Michigan State University, 1969
J.D. Detroit College of Law, 1972
LL.M. Wayne State University, 1989
Before joining Cooley Law School, Professor Fisher was a senior partner and manager of the Municipal Practice Group at Secrest Wardle, a firm with offices in Farmington Hills, Mt. Clemens, Lansing and Grand Rapids.
He served as general counsel for cities, villages and townships in southeast Michigan and as special counsel for governmental entities throughout Michigan. In addition, he served as counsel on behalf of property owners regarding land use matters, and was an adjunct professor at Cooley, teaching Planning and Zoning Law.
He has appeared on 21 occasions in cases presented to the Michigan Supreme Court. Mr. Fisher appeared as principal counsel, wrote briefs and presented oral argument for parties in nine cases, and in 12 cases prepared amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Townships Association, State Bar of Michigan Public Corporation Law Section, or the American Planning Association. The subject matter of these cases has included zoning, inland lake regulation, wetland regulation, sign and billboard regulation, federal civil rights applicable to land use regulation, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, the process of initiating amendments to the State Constitution, Tort Liability Act applied to local government sidewalk maintenance, Michigan Medical Marihuana Act interpretation, and disputes on the allocation of authority between the state and local governments.
He serves as a member and past chairperson of the State Bar Public Corporation Law Section, is a member of the Michigan Municipal League Professionalism and Education Committee, is a member and past president of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, was a founder of the Oakland County Bar Association Municipal Law Committee, and is active in the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society.
Professor Fisher is the chairperson of the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission, and on the board of directors of the Land Information Access Association, a public interest non-profit corporation that promotes cooperation and communication among communities. He is a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan and a Life Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation.
He was also the recipient of the Roberts P. Hudson Award from the State Bar of Michigan in 1978, named a Best Lawyer in America in 2007, Recipient of the Cooley Law Review Michigan Supreme Court Distinguished Brief Award, 2001, and named Lawyer of the Year in Michigan (one of 10), 2001, by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
At Cooley, Professor Fisher teaches Property, Secured Transactions, Constitutional Law, Zoning and Land Use Law, and State and Local Government Law.