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Cincinnati judge becomes OSBA president

Judge Patrick FischerThe Ohio State Bar Association president’s gavel was ceremoniously passed to Judge Patrick Fischer of Cincinnati by current President Carol Seubert Marx at the OSBA’s Annual Convention in Cincinnati. Judge Fischer will officially become president on July 1, 2012.

Judge Fischer is the first judge to serve as OSBA president in 15 years. He is also the 12th president from Cincinnati since the OSBA’s founding in 1880.

Judge Fischer serves on the First District Court of Appeals in Hamilton County.  He has been in the practice of law for nearly 30 years. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he has been named to Best Lawyers in America®, one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Cincinnati by Cincinnati Magazine, and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio. He has been regularly named to Ohio Super Lawyers®.

Having represented both plaintiffs and defendants while an attorney, Judge Fischer knows the importance of being able to listen to and understand both sides of an issue. Knowing and understanding the law as he does, Judge Fischer is keenly aware of how important it is that the law be applied properly to the facts in each case. The late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, Thomas Moyer, named Judge Fischer to co-chair a task force that has made Ohio’s judicial system more efficient and just.

As a respected member of the legal community, Judge Fischer was elected by his peers to serve as president of the Cincinnati Bar Association for the 2006-2007 term. He has also served on the OSBA’s Board of Governors, chaired its Budget and Headquarters Committee, and served on numerous other OSBA committees and task forces.

He also has always had a deep and abiding interest in ethics and professionalism matters. Judge Fischer chaired the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, as well as its Professionalism Committee. He also served two terms on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, including a term as its vice chair.

Judge Fischer began his legal career with a clerkship for U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman, and in 1987 he began working for the law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp in the trial department. Just four years later, he became a partner at Keating Muething & Klekamp.

Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Fischer concentrated his law practice in the field of commercial litigation with an emphasis on financial/banking litigation, ERISA litigation, complex class actions, securities litigation and related nationwide class actions. He litigated matters in Ohio, Kentucky, New York, California, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Alabama and Oklahoma, and appeared before numerous federal courts throughout the country, including the Second, Sixth and Tenth Circuits.

In his free time, Judge Fischer has been a dedicated public servant who has served on numerous local boards including the Hamilton County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, VISIONS Community Services Board and St. Ursula Villa. He is a founding member of the Cincinnati Children’s Museum Board. Judge Fischer and his wife, Jane, live in Pleasant Ridge, where he served as president of the Pleasant Ridge Community Council. He is an active member of St. Xavier Catholic Church in downtown Cincinnati, where he serves as both a Eucharistic minister and lector.

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