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Debra L. Fischer

Debra L. Fischer

Bingham McCutchen LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Debra Fischer is Administrative Partner on Bingham’s Managing Partner Team, as well as chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.  Debra Fischer has practiced employment law and trade secret litigation for almost 25 years, successfully trying cases in both California state and federal courts as well as in arbitration. She has defended clients in a wide variety of employment matters, including sexual harassment and wrongful termination suits; claims of race, sex, disability, pregnancy, age and sexual orientation discrimination; and assault, battery, invasion of privacy, defamation, fraud and false imprisonment allegations. Debra advises on trade secret and unfair competition issues that arise when employees change employment and is often called upon to handle employment disputes with high-level executives and other highly confidential matters. Debra regularly counsels employers in all aspects of employment law compliance and risk avoidance, including restructurings and downsizing; drafting personnel policies and employment agreements; conducting internal investigations; providing educational seminars to management and employees in all areas of employment law.

  • Featured, “Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Bingham’s Debra Fischer,” Law 360 (Feb. 24, 2014)
  • Co-author, “FMLA’s 20th Anniversary Brings Employers New Rights and Obligations,” Daily Journal (Feb. 22, 2013)
  • Co-author, “California Joins Several Other States by Enacting Social Media Privacy Laws,” Bingham.com (Oct. 11, 2012)
  • What is Foreseen in 2014: Annual Update on California Employment Law Developments, Bingham Seminar, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Costa Mesa and Silicon Valley (February 2014)
  • Year in Review: Legal Update of California and Federal Law, Association of Workplace Investigators Annual Conference, Glendale, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2013)
  • The Golden State’s Unique Employment Laws – Ensuring Your Business is California Dreamin, Bingham Seminar, Los Angeles (May 2013)
  • Chambers USA, Labor and Employment (California) (2014)
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, Employment and Labor (2004–2012)
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, Women Making a Difference Award Nominee (2006–2009, 2012-2014)
  • Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor (Southern California) (2011–2014)
  • Fellow, The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • Board of Directors, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and The Forgotten International
  • University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Juris Doctor (1989)
  • University of California, Davis, Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude (1986)


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