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Michelle K. Fischer


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  • The University of Chicago (J.D. with honors 1989); Yale University (B.A. magna cum laude with distinction in Economics 1986)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio and District of Columbia

For nearly 30 years, Michelle Fischer has tried, litigated, and counseled on a broad spectrum of antitrust issues involving such industries as auto parts, gasoline, distribution, food products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and tobacco. She has extensive experience in class and individual litigation, governmental investigations, and price-fixing, price discrimination, monopolization, intellectual property, distribution, tying, and exclusive dealing matters. Michelle also co-coordinates the Firm's practice involving application of antitrust law to intellectual property issues. As reported by Chambers USA, clients laud Michelle for being "extremely sharp, a very good writer and very good on her feet."

Michelle's experience includes litigating in federal district and appellate courts, including as trial counsel for: sanofi-aventis in successfully defeating a class claim that the company engaged in monopolization by filing a sham FDA citizen's petition, R.J. Reynolds in successfully defeating a retail price discrimination claim, Schwarz Pharma in prosecuting antitrust counterclaims in an infringement lawsuit, and MTF in defending against infringement claims. Other exemplary experience includes successfully obtaining summary judgment for Cardinal Health on bundling claims (affirmed on appeal), defeating class certification on behalf of Alderwoods in a price-fixing case, obtaining summary judgment for RJR on wholesale price discrimination claims (affirmed on appeal), defending Yazaki against criminal and civil price-fixing claims, and resolving state Attorney General claims premised on information exchange.

Michelle served two terms as chair of the Ohio State Bar Association's Antitrust Section Council. She also has written and/or presented on various antitrust issues, including class actions, issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law, private antitrust enforcement, criminal antitrust investigations, sentencing corporate antitrust defendants, and price discrimination.

Honors & Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America (Antitrust Law, 2013-2019), including 2014 "Lawyer of the Year," Antitrust Law, Cleveland

    Chambers USA 2016-2019: Litigation: Antitrust (Ohio)

    Antitrust Writing Awards co-sponsored by Concurrences Review and George Washington University: Best Antitrust Business Article, Private Enforcement Category (coauthor 2016) and Business — Concerted Practices/Cartels Category (coauthor 2014)

    Chair, Ohio State Bar Association Antitrust Section, 2008-2009 and 2007-2008 terms
Michelle Fischer