Edward T. Fisher
What do you focus on?
I focus my practice on representing companies in all types of business-related issues, from strategic planning to handling threatened or actual litigation. I also defend employers in disputes arising out of claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and representing entities in breach of contract, trade secret, non-compete and other business-related matters.
What do you see on the horizon?
Employers will begin to see even more compliance and litigation issues related to today’s ever changing and expanding technology, including discovery targeted at smart phones and other mobile devices, ADA nondiscrimination requirements for websites, and increased privacy concerns as the growth of mobile devices and social media continues to explode.
Ed has been practicing law for over 20 years, advising a wide range of clients, including large corporations, small and midsized businesses and individuals on all types of business-related matters. He counsels businesses on compliance with the law, selection of the proper entity to provide liability protection for new companies, and drafting and reviewing all relevant agreements needed to run a business, including operating, employment, vendor and customer agreements. He also reviews and drafts company HR policies to ensure compliance with local, state and federal law. Ed also represents clients when business disputes arise, including advising companies in owner-versus-owner “business divorces,” defending employers in litigation arising out of claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and representing entities in breach of contract, trade secret, non-compete and other business-related disputes. He also has experience representing clients in shareholder disputes. Ed has argued or tried cases in federal and state courts and private arbitrations.
Ed has also represented clients in arbitrations and mediations for more than the past 15 years, and represented numerous clients in settlement conferences before United States Magistrate Judges. He is also included on the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Arbitrators for the AAA Consumer Panel, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Roster of Arbitrators, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Pro Tempore list for Settlement Master conducting settlement conferences, and the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Commerce Court Judge Pro Tempore list for Settlement Master conducting settlement conferences. Furthermore, he is on the Philadelphia Commerce Court Judge Pro Tempore – Discovery list, where he serves as an appointed neutral to assist the Court with its protocol to utilize attorneys during the COVID pandemic to help facilitate resolution of contested discovery motions. Ed has also participated in court and administrative hearings and settlement conferences and took and defended depositions remotely via Zoom and other platforms.
Prior to joining the Firm, Ed worked for two Am Law 200 firms, where he represented clients in a wide array of complex, commercial litigation matters, including disputes involving employment law, ERISA, securities, antitrust, insurance coverage and reinsurance. In those roles, Ed handled all stages of litigation preparation including serving as first chair on civil trials. On the transactional side, he represented corporate clients in various merger and acquisition matters, including due diligence review of companies and review of complex documents such as commercial real estate leases and loan agreements. Ed drafted and negotiated asset purchase agreements and related ancillary agreements, corporate governance documents, as well as employment, product supply and distribution agreements.
Outside of the Firm, Ed is a member of various local Chambers of Commerce including Greater Philadelphia and Gloucester Country. He also sits on the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Middle Market Action Team Steering Committee. The Middle Market Action Team assists and advocates for businesses with $10 million to $1 billion in annual revenue in the Greater Philadelphia Region.
Ed received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A. from Temple University where he graduated cum laude.