Jeffrey L. 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 38 cases in the Court—including three so far this Term, and seven in the previous two Terms.
Over the past several years, Jeff also has obtained more grants of certiorari than any other member of the private bar and also has the highest grant rate.
His successes include several landmark decisions. Among them:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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.
Jeff was also co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the historic marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees same-sex couples a right to marry.
A Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Co-Director of the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Jeff has also published numerous articles on various constitutional and criminal law issues. He clerked for US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Jeff has received numerous accolades over the course of his career, including being named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal and receiving the Heeney Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (the organization’s highest honor).
- US Supreme Court and numerous federal courts of appeals
- University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1997
- Duke University, A.B., 1992
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