Judge Patrick F. Fischer

Judge Fischer was elected to the Ohio First District Court of Appeals in November 2010. He was re-elected in 2012.

Judge Fischer has dedicated himself to the practice of law for nearly 30 years. An honors graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College, he has been named to Best Lawyers in America®, one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Cincinnati, and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio. He was routinely named to Ohio Super Lawyers®. Judge Fischer was elected President of the Ohio State Bar Association, and served as same from 2012-2013.

Having represented both plaintiffs and defendants while an attorney, Judge Fischer knows the importance of being able to see and listen to both sides on 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, even named Judge Fischer to co-chair a task force which has made the Ohio judicial system more efficient and just. He currently serves on the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission, and is vice chair of its committee on the judicial branch.

As a respected member of the legal community, Judge Fischer also was elected by his peers to serve as President of the Cincinnati Bar Association for 2006-2007. He has served on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Board of Governors, chaired its Budget and Headquarters Committee, and served on numerous other Ohio State Bar Association 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 served two terms on the Ohio Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism, including serving 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 4 years later, he became a partner at Keating Muething & Klekamp.

In his free time, Judge Fischer has been a dedicated public servant who has served on numerous local boards [his license plate even reads: “2 Serv U”] including the Hamilton County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, VISIONS Community Services Board, and St. Ursula Villa. He was 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 serving as both a Eucharistic minister and lector.

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