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Matthew J. Fisher

Matthew Fisher is an associate who litigates complex matters – mostly business disputes – in state and federal courts, for plaintiffs and defendants, from the filing of a complaint through appeal. He has litigated in every level of the judicial system from trial courts to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Matthew is a skilled researcher, writer, and advocate. He contributes to every phase of the case – performing in-depth legal and factual research, developing case strategy, drafting key motions, and preparing diligently for argument.

Matthew’s trial-level cases have involved dozens of fact and expert witnesses, hundreds of thousands of documents, and novel legal issues. In those high-stakes matters, he has argued dispositive and discovery motions, deposed and defended fact and expert witnesses, and drafted dispositive, discovery, evidentiary, and procedural motions. Matthew has second-chaired trials for both paying and pro bono clients.

Matthew has briefed federal appeals before the Seventh, Tenth, and Federal Circuits that involved voluminous records and complex legal issues, and he has argued a pro bono appeal before the Seventh Circuit. He also assisted in drafting a successful merits brief and petitions for certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before joining MoloLamken, Matthew clerked for the Honorable Don R. Willett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Clerking for two federal appellate judges on one of the busiest Circuits gave him invaluable insight into how cases are ultimately decided. He relies on that experience to help focus cases on the issues that judges actually care about, which helps to streamline litigation and avoid tangential disputes.

Prior to law school, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Matthew is a Member of the Chicago Debates Associate Board, a non-profit dedicated to expanding debate opportunities in Chicago public schools.

Representative Matters

  • Global financial institution in New York state court in litigation against depositor in residential mortgage-backed securitization

  • Publisher in multi-district litigation involving technology company’s monopolistic and anticompetitive practices in digital advertising industry

  • Prevailing parties in Supreme Court case deciding that Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act does not authorize the FTC to seek monetary remedies
  • Senior civil servant before the Federal Circuit in case involving constitutional and statutory due process protections for federal employees

  • Foreign sovereign in domestic action to enforce multi-million dollar arbitration award

  • Law firms in federal district court and Tenth Circuit appeal challenging attorney fee award following $1.51 billion settlement

  • Ultra-high-net-worth investor in FINRA arbitration challenging actions by global financial institution

  • Incarcerated individual in a federal civil jury trial and Seventh Circuit appeal concerning Eighth Amendment violations

  • Senior executive of renewable energy company in federal district court in connection with securities litigation

  • E-cigarette manufacturer in proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission

  • National media company in Illinois state court appeal concerning contract, fiduciary duty, and fraud claims against former executive


  • Law clerk to the Honorable Don R. Willett, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Edward C. Prado, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

Order of the Coif

Articles Editor, Northwestern University Law Review

Northwestern University, B.A., cum laude

National Intercollegiate Debate Champion, 2011

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 7th, 10th, and Federal Circuits
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