Louis K.Fisher (Lou)


Washington + 1.202.879.3637

Lou Fisher focuses on difficult legal questions and economic expert issues in matters including mergers, debt restructuring, and disputes between business partners. He has won lengthy legal fights for clients, helping them overcome regulatory hurdles with positive results.

Lou's recent matters include defense of several mergers against challenges by the Federal Trade Commission, a series of disputes between a media company and its creditors, and a bankruptcy adversary proceeding involving corporate fiduciary duties. His trial experience includes victories in federal voting rights cases and in liability and damages trials against the United States government in the Court of Federal Claims. Lou also has an active pro bono practice in appeals and administrative matters on topics ranging from civil rights to public benefits to family law.

Lou is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court and recently served on the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee. He has written on voting rights law and on Supreme Court decisions in a variety of other areas.


  • Town of Islip defeats motion for preliminary injunction to change its electoral systemJones Day represents the Town of Islip, New York and the Islip Town Board in litigation challenging their at-large voting system.
  • PAG invests in Key Safety Systems to finance acquisition of global assets of Takata CorporationJones Day represented PAG Asia Capital Ltd. and PAG Asia II LP in connection with its investment in Key Safety Systems, a subsidiary of China-based Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corporation, to finance the acquisition of substantially all of the global assets of Takata Corporation out of bankruptcy in the U.S. and Japan and certain non-bankruptcy transactions elsewhere in the world.
  • Cabell cleared to acquire St. Mary's following dismissal of FTC antitrust lawsuit to block transactionAfter a nearly two-year fight with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Inc. has overcome all regulatory hurdles to its acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center, Inc., clearing the way to combine Huntington, West Virginia’s only two health systems.
  • Grandmother wins custody over her grandchildren after parents die in car accidentAfter the death of Ms. Jackson's son and his girlfriend in a horrific car accident, their two children were left with no parents.
  • STERIS defeats FTC's attempt to block Synergy Health acquisition on antitrust groundsIn a rare litigation defeat against the Federal Trade Commission, Ohio based STERIS Corporation prevailed against an antitrust challenge brought in federal court by the FTC, which sought to block STERIS's proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of Synergy Health plc.
  • Chevron successfully pursues federal court and administrative actions to challenge process for finalizing ownership interests at Elk Hills oil fieldJones Day successfully represented Chevron Corporation in several administrative proceedings and two trials in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in matters relating to the administrative process established by the parties to finalize the government’s and Chevron’s ownership interests of the Elk Hills oil field near Bakersfield CA, the largest unitized oil field in North America.
  • Congressman Boehner wins damages and attorney's fees in suit over disclosure of illegally recorded tapeJones Day represented Congressman John A. Boehner, who sued Congressman James McDermott for unlawfully disclosing an illegally recorded tape of a telephone conversation among Boehner and other House of Representatives leaders, including then-Speaker Newt Gingrich.
  • Chevron prevails in U.S. Supreme Court antitrust case involving joint venture pricingJones Day represented Chevron Corporation's Texaco subsidiary in a widely-watched antitrust case decided in February 2006 by the U.S. Supreme Court, which held that it is not per se illegal under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1, for a lawful, economically integrated joint venture to set the prices at which the joint venture sells its products.
  • Hempstead's Town Council redistricting plan is successfully defended against voters' preliminary injunction actionJones Day successfully defended the Town Council of the Town of Hempstead, New York, and the Town of Hempstead, New York, in a preliminary injunction action seeking a court imposed redistricting plan.
  • Political committee NYPPP secures invalidation of New York law limiting donations to independent-expenditure committeesOn May 6, 2014, the District Court for the Southern District of New York entered summary judgment in favor of Jones Day client New York Progress and Protection PAC ("NYPPP"), invalidating a New York statute that forbade political committees that only make independent expenditures from accepting more than $150,000 from any donor.
  • New York Senate successfully defends redistricting plan against voters' preliminary injunction actionJones Day successfully defended New York Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Chairman of the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment ("LATFOR") Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, and LATFOR member Welquis R. Lopez in a preliminary injunction action seeking a court-imposed redistricting plan.
  • Chevron obtains discovery against former opposing counsel in long-running litigation in Ecuador and BIT Arbitration against Republic of EcuadorJones Day client Chevron Corporation has been involved in contentious litigation in Ecuador in which the plaintiffs have alleged billions of dollars in damages.
  • Oregon inmate prevails in Ninth Circuit religious-liberty appealIn this religious-liberty appeal, Jones Day successfully represented an Oregon inmate seeking kosher meal accommodations.
  • Client receives full social security disability benefitsJones Day Washington, in association with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, helped a single man obtain social security disability benefits in a hearing before the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.
  • Law professors submit amicus curiae brief before U.S. Supreme Court in important constitutional and qualified-immunity caseJones Day, serving as pro bono counsel to a group of legal scholars, filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in an important constitutional and qualified-immunity case.
  • PinnacleHealth System and Penn State Hershey attempt to merge Pennsylvania hospitalsJones Day represented PinnacleHealth System and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as antitrust counsel in the hospitals' proposed merger.
  • STERIS and Synergy Health close $6.2 billion cash and stock combinationJones Day represented STERIS Corporation in its combination with Synergy Health plc in a cash and stock transaction.
  • Homeless veteran challenges termination by shelter, finds permanent housingJones Day represented a homeless veteran who had been terminated from the Community for Creative Non-Violence, a homeless shelter near our Firm's Washington, D.C. office, in proceedings before D.C.'s Superior Court and Office of Administrative Hearings.
  • Love146 submits amicus curiae brief before U.S. Supreme Court in important Fourth Amendment caseJones Day, serving as pro bono counsel, filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Love146 in a case raising a Fourth Amendment challenge to an ordinance authorizing law enforcement to inspect without a warrant hotel and motel guest registries.
  • Inmate successfully appeals dismissal of motion to vacate sentenceJones Day, serving as pro bono counsel appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, represented prison inmate Adrian Hamilton in his successful appeal.
  • Jamaican immigrant obtains deferral of removal under Convention Against TortureMeghan Greenfield of Jones Day Washington was appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to represent a Jamaican immigrant in his appeal of the Board of Immigration Appeals' decision denying him relief under the Convention Against Torture.
  • Jones Day attorneys obtain a civil protection order for victim of domestic abuseIn September 2012, Jones Day Washington attorneys obtained a civil protection order on behalf of a victim of domestic abuse.
  • California inmate appeals civil rights actionThe Ninth Circuit appointed Jones Day to represent a California inmate who is suing prison officials for deliberate indifference to his post-surgical needs.
  • Jones Day attorneys obtain a civil protection order for victim of domestic abuseJones Day attorneys in the Washington, DC office obtained a civil protection order on behalf of a victim of domestic abuse.
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