James R. Fisher
Practice Area. Mr. Fisher’s practice area is Civil Litigation. He represents clients in the resolution of business disputes of all types, and in serious personal injury cases, in state and federal trial courts and in appeals courts in both the state and federal system.
Trial Experience. Mr. Fisher has been a trial attorney since he began his trial practice in 1971. In forty years as a trial attorney, he has been lead counsel in well over 150 jury trials and has been lead Appellate counsel in more than 60 published appellate court decisions. He has argued cases before every district of the Indiana Court of Appeals and before the Indiana Supreme Court and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. He has represented clients in litigation in Indiana, Tennessee, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
Recognition. Mr. Fisher has been listed as a personal injury defense attorney in the publication “The Best Lawyers in America”. In a poll of Indianapolis lawyers conducted by Indianapolis Monthly Mr. Fisher has been voted one of the top five plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers in Indianapolis. In polls of over 14,000 attorneys in Indiana, Mr. Fisher has been identified as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of personal injury and business litigation. He holds an “AV” rating in Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest available rating for lawyers, based upon that publication’s poll of other lawyers practicing in the same community. An “AV” rating is defined as “very high to pre-eminent” with the “highest levels of skill and integrity.” He and partner, Debra Miller, are the co-authors of the Personal Injury Law and Practice volume of the Indiana Practice reference series published by West Publishing Company, first published in 2007 and found in most Indiana law firm law libraries. They have edited the annual updates for that reference work. Mr. Fisher has been asked on many occasions to speak at seminars on various topics relating to trial skills.
Personal Injury Litigation. Mr. Fisher has tried serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Indiana, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has been the plaintiff’s attorney in cases that resulted in the highest jury verdict entered in a personal injury action in three different counties, at the time the verdicts were entered. He has handled serious personal injury and wrongful death cases involving persons injured or killed in automobile accidents, airplane crashes, product failures, and industrial accidents.
Business Litigation. Mr. Fisher has represented insureds and insurance carriers in resolving coverage disputes of all kinds. He has represented property owners in mold contamination cases and fire loss claims. He has represented businesses in disputes arising out of the failure of company-sponsored ERISA plans. He has represented businesses in age and sex discrimination cases. He has represented minority shareholders in disputes with majority owners of closely-held corporations, lawyers working out the dissolution of their law firms, and businesses in disputes with vendors, commercial customers, and competitors. He has litigated commercial real estate transactions, and claims of intellectual property rights infringement. He has provided business advice relating to both the prevention and the early, non-litigation resolution of business losses.
Personal and Educational Background. Mr. Fisher was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1969, with a degree in psychology. He graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, receiving his juris doctorate in 1971. He started at Ice Miller LLP in 1971 after graduation from law school and practiced as a litigator at Ice Miller until he left in 2006 to form Miller & Fisher, LLC. Mr. Fisher’s father, Russell, was an attorney in South Bend.
J.D., Indiana University at Bloomington School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, 1971
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
A.B., Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1969
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeIndiana, 1972
Honors and Awards
“The Best Lawyers in America”
Top Five Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Lawyers in Indianapolis,
“Super Lawyer,” Personal Injury and Business Litigation,
Past Employment Positions
Partner at Ice Miller, LLP, from 1979 to 2006