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Admitted to Practice

  • Alaska, 1991
  • Arizona, 2002
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 2002

Languages

  • German

Gregory S. Fisher

FisherGregory
Partner
T907.257.5335
F907.257.5399

Gregory Fisher practices general and complex commercial litigation with an emphasis in appellate litigation, labor and employment law, business torts, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, and computer security litigation. He works with clients to avoid costly litigation whenever possible and helps them find creative solutions to business problems. Gregory has a broad range of experience in jury trials and appeals when litigation is necessary. He has represented clients in state and federal court, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration proceedings.

Representative Experience

Carmack v. K&L Distributors, Inc.

Successfully defended employment discrimination complaint alleging disability discrimination, securing dismissal of complaint. (Alaska St. Comm. For Human Rights Admin. Proceeding 2014)

Gisomme v. Denali State Bank

Successfully defended employment discrimination complaint alleging race discrimination, securing dismissal of complaint. (Alaska St. Comm. For Human Rights Admin. Proceeding 2014)

Baiden-Adams v. Forsythe Transportation

Successfully defended employment discrimination complaint filed in federal court alleging sexual harassment and retaliation, securing dismissal of complaint for failure to exhaust administrative remedies. (E.D. Va. 2013)

Brown v. Aero Air LLC

Successfully defended employment discrimination complaint alleging race discrimination, securing dismissal of complaint. (Alaska St. Comm. For Human Rights Admin. Proceeding 2013)

Gonzalez v. CollegeAmerica of Arizona

Successfully represented client in wage and hour collective action filed in federal court, settling claims on favorable terms for client following mediation. (D. Ariz. 2013)

Grant v. Fairbanks Community Behavioral Health Center

Successfully defended employment discrimination complaint alleging race discrimination, securing dismissal of complaint. (EEOC Proceeding 2013)

Hunter v. Fairbanks Community Behavioral Health Center

Successfully defended employment discrimination complaint filed in federal court alleging age and gender discrimination, securing dismissal of complaint by summary judgment. (D. Alaska 2013)

Stepanoff v. Midnight Sun Transportation

Successfully defended employment discrimination complaint alleging sexual harassment and retaliation, securing dismissal of complaint. (Anchorage Equal Rights Commission Admin. Proceeding 2013)

College America v. HTEDC

As independent appellate counsel, successfully negotiated settlement of appeal litigating tribal sovereignty issues, resulting in underlying judgment that had been entered against client being vacated and payment to client (appellee) being made. (2012)

Joe Miller v. Fairbanks North Star Borough

Lead counsel representing the Fairbanks North Star Borough in litigation filed by failed 2010 U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller alleging privacy infringement and related claims for alleged disclosure of his personnel file to the media. Successfully defended the case, with claims alleging damages exceeding $200,000 being settled for $5,000 on an offer of judgment disclaiming fault. (2012)

Kuzniecow v. Blue ACE d/b/a Blue North Fisheries

Successfully defended employment discrimination complaint alleging age discrimination, securing dismissal of complaint. (Alaska St. Comm. For Human Rights Admin. Proceeding 2012)

Wood v. AAA Mountain West Inc.

Successfully defended employment discrimination complaint alleging age discrimination and retaliation, securing dismissal of complaint. (Alaska St. Comm. For Human Rights Admin. Proceeding 2012)

Alaska Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry Pension Fund et al. v. AVM, Inc.

In an ERISA delinquent contributions suit filed by multiemployer trust funds, successfully defended client, securing settlement on favorable terms (claims alleging $225,000 or more in damages were settled for $36,000). (D. Alaska 2011)

Gil v. NDI Dental

Successfully defended employment discrimination complaint alleging race discrimination and hostile work environment, securing dismissal of complaint. (Alaska St. Comm. for Human Rights Admin. Proceeding 2011)

MV Sales and Leasing v. Forsythe Transportation

Successfully defended against multi-million replevin action in commercial litigation, securing order after hearing denying relief and settling case on favorable terms for client. (Alaska Super. Ct. 2011)

R.P. v. Prescott Unified School District*

In a case of first impression in the Ninth Circuit, represented parents of autistic child and their trial counsel in an appeal of a district court judgment awarding the prevailing school district fees and costs under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), and secured reversal of $140,000 judgment. The court's opinion is the first published opinion from a federal appellate court addressing when and whether fees may be awarded to prevailing school districts under the 2004 amendments to the IDEA, and represents an important result that safeguards the rights of disabled children, their parents, and attorneys who undertake representation in these difficult cases. 631 F.3d 1117 (9th Cir. 2011)

Schmidt v. ICRC

Successfully defended multiple employment discrimination complaints alleging sexual harassment, employment discrimination, and retaliation, securing dismissal of all complaints. (Alaska St. Comm. for Human Rights Admin. Proceeding 2011)

Trustees of the Alaska Laborers v. RainDance Health Care Group, Inc., et al.

In an ERISA delinquent contributions suit filed by multiemployer trust funds, successfully defended individual shareholders, securing summary judgment dismissing claims alleging individual liability, and an award of attorneys' fees and costs for the individual shareholders. (D. Alaska 2011)

Babcock v. Lake Otis Pharmacy

Successfully defended employment discrimination complaint alleging race discrimination and sexual harassment, securing dismissal of complaint. (Alaska St. Comm. for Human Rights Admin. Proceeding 2010)

Boster v. Cascadia International, LLC

Successfully defended AKOSH administrative complaint alleging retaliatory termination for reporting safety violations, securing dismissal of complaint. (Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Dev. Admin. Proceeding 2010)

Harvey Adkisson, et al. v. Production Testing Services*

Successfully defended multiple wage and hour claims based on recently adopted day-rate regulation, securing settlement on terms favorable to client (claims seeking more than $150,000 were settled for less than $25,000). (Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Dev. Admin. Proceeding 2010)

Perez v. K & L Distributors

Successfully defended employment discrimination complaint alleging national origin discrimination, securing dismissal of complaint. (Alaska St. Comm. for Human Rights Admin. Proceeding 2010)

Britt v. Denali State Bank*

Successfully defended disability discrimination claim based on seasonal affective disorder, securing dismissal of complaint. (E.E.O.C. Admin. Proceeding 2009)

Carlton Cousin v. BBBS of Alaska*

Successfully defended race discrimination and retaliation claims, securing settlement on favorable terms for client. (Alaska Equal Rights Admin. Proceeding 2009)

In re Frank McGuire Trust*

As independent appellate counsel, successfully defended judgment on appeal for client trustee in dispute resolving issue of first impression concerning definition of 'bloodline' under Arizona law. 1-CA-CV-08-0493 (Ariz. App. Div. 1 2009)

Mary DeHart v. Pippel Insurance Agency*

Successfully defended negligence suit filed against insurance agency alleging coverage claim, securing settlement on favorable terms for client (claims seeking $1 million were settled for $17,500). 3 AN-09-6971 (Anchorage (Alaska) Super. Ct. 2009)

Ian Black v. Colaska*

Successfully defended $800,000 wage and hour claim alleging misclassification of exempt employee's status and eligibility for overtime, securing dismissal of complaint. (Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Dev. Admin. Proceeding 2007)

Mach 1 v. Elite Logistics*

Successfully defended client against claims alleging breach of contract (noncompete and restrictive covenant), misappropriation of trade secrets, and related business torts. Successfully secured TRO and permanent injunction under state and federal law after opposing party attempted to hack into client's website to retrieve customer and shipping information. (Maricopa Cnty. (Ariz.) Super. Ct., D. Ariz. 2007)

Chilton v. Center for Biological Diversity*

As independent appellate counsel, successfully defended favorable judgment on appeal for client regarding Noerr-Pennington and First Amendment challenges to defamation and related claims. 2 CA-CV-2005-0115 (Ariz. App. Div. 2 2006)

Kenney v. Peter Piper, Inc.*

As independent appellate counsel, successfully assisted in securing reversal of summary judgment entered against client in an age discrimination suit. Case settled on remand. 159 Fed. App'x. 809 (9th Cir. 2006)

Sobol v. Marsh*

As independent appellate counsel, successfully defended favorable judgment on appeal for client regarding status of legal document preparers in Arizona. 212 Ariz. 301, 130 P.3d 1000 (Ariz. App. Div. 1 2006)

Ultra Chem v. Val U Chem*

Successfully defended client against claims alleging breach of contract. 1 CA-CV-05-0280 (Ariz. App. Div. 1 2006)

Bertola v. Northern Wisconsin Produce Co., Inc.*

Successfully secured reversal of adverse judgment imposing attorneys' fees on client under Arizona state law. 317 B.R. 95 (9th Cir. B.A.P. 2004)

Shotwell v. Donahoe*

As amicus counsel for Arizona Employment Lawyers' Association, filed briefing in case that redefined standards for evaluating admissibility for 'for cause' findings issued by state or federal agencies in employment discrimination cases. 207 Ariz. 287, 85 P.3d 1045 (Amicus) (2004)

Holland v. Unocal*

Successfully defended client against claims alleging breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and successfully defended judgment on appeal before the Alaska Supreme Court. 993 P.2d 1026 (Alaska 2000)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Additional Qualifications

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Barry G. Silverman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 2002-2003
  • Law Clerk, Hon. John W. Sedwick, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, 1998-2002
  • Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Field Artillery, 1976-1984

Professional & Community Activities

  • Arbitrator, certified by the American Arbitration Association, (2013-present
  • Ninth Circuit Appellate Lawyer Representative, 2013-present
  • Editor in Chief, Alaska Bar Rag (newsletter journal of the Alaska Bar Association), 2010-present
  • Board of Directors, Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, 2011-present
  • President, Alaska Chapter, Federal Bar Association, 2006-2009
  • President, Alaska Chapter, University of Washington Alumni Association, 2006-2009
  • Executive Committee, Employment Law Section, Alaska Bar Association, 2007-present
  • Co-chair, Employment Law Section, Alaska Bar Association, 2010-2014
  • Co-chair, Appellate Law Section, Alaska Bar Association, 2010-2014
  • Municipality of Anchorage Americans with Disability Advisory Commission, 2007-2010
  • Ninth Circuit Lawyers' Representative, District of Alaska, 2006-2009

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Labor & Employment (Alaska) by Chambers USA, 2012-2014
  • Selected to "Alaska Super Lawyers" in Employment & Labor, Thomson Reuters, 2011-2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • Rated Superior (highest rating) by Avvo with a rating of 9.7/10.0
  • "Top 15 Lawyers on the Rise," bizAz Magazine, 2004