Ann L. Fisher Attorney at Law/Energy Consultant
Ann L. Fisher Legal and Consulting Services 1996‐ present
Ann Fisher provides strategic and legal analysis, handles litigation, and is a strong advocate for her clients. Ms. Fisher provides significant litigation skills and non-litigation solutions and analyses to small and mid‐size businesses, individuals, public and privately owned utilities, and governmental agencies to address commercial issues. Areas of focus include collections, contract analysis and enforcement, business transactions including developing agreements and contracts, real estate issues and commercial leases, resource development, and strategies to limit risk while maximizing benefits. Over her thirty years as a lawyer, Ms. Fisher has developed a significant understanding of complex financial arrangements, risk assessment and mitigation, and governmental relations. She has excellent relationships with Media.
In the Northwest energy arena, Ms. Fisher has a substantial knowledge of the history of the Northwest energy industry and its challenges, including development of and integration of renewable resources, energy imbalance market efforts and other approaches addressing transmission constraints, Clean Power Plan, and significant experience in rate proceedings and administrative hearings at Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC), and other administrative bodies
Core belief: It’s all about the Client. The best lawyer will be responsive to her client’s needs, lending her skills and acumen to maximize benefits.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, February 1994‐ December, 1996
Of counsel position in the Energy and Utility section of the firm, with principal emphasis upon electric utility issues including industry restructuring, FERC orders related to transmission access and power marketing, and Bonneville Power Administration proceedings. and Developed effective procurement strategies for alternative supply choices and resource development.
Secondary practice area in Real Property and Commercial Leases.
During this period, Ann began to appear s Judge Pro tem in the Multnomah County Circuit which continued for eleven years.
Portland General Corp, August, 1989‐ January 1994
Assistant General Counsel assigned to Portland General Electric Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Portland General Corp. Responsibilities included negotiation and development of contracts, risk analysis, litigation management, and antitrust issues.
Lead internal counsel assigned to industrial accounts, new power contracts, renewable resource development, energy efficiency program development and contracts, real estate development, power project development, environmental regulation, and DSI issues.
Greene and Markley, P.C., November 1985 ‐ July 1989
Litigation Associate position with an emphasis on all phases of commercial and business matters, including negotiation of real estate and commercial loan transactions, general business litigation and arbitrations, as well as loan workouts for the FSLIC with respect to savings and loan closures.
Spears Lubersky et al, June 1983 – November 1985
(Now Lane Powell Spears Lubersky)
Litigation Associate position. Responsibilities included drafting motions and supporting memoranda and other pleadings for trial and on appeal; handling arbitrations and depositions; general court appearances.
Marion County District Attorney’s Office Clerk/Intern April 1982 ‐ May 1983
Substantial trial experience as “first chair” prosecuting misdemeanor offenses (court and jury trials). Responsibilities also included handling arraignments; interviewing witnesses and victims; drafting and arguing motions; and negotiating plea bargains with defense attorneys and their clients.
OTHER LEGAL EXPERIENCE
JUDGE PRO TEM MULTNOMAH COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT 1995‐2006
Adjudicated summary judgment and other civil motions, on a pro bono basis over an eleven-year span, serving 2-4 times per month. Considered issues ranging from employment disputes, contract enforcement, construction disputes, collections, personal injuries, and insurance coverage.
Admitted to the Oregon Bar in 1984; Washington Bar in 1987; also, admitted to
United States District Courts ‐ Oregon and the Western and Eastern Districts of
Washington; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal District Court of Appeals and the District of Oregon Us Bankruptcy Court.
2001 Building Owners and Managers Association’s (“BOMA’s”) Member of the Year recipient for work in energy matters on behalf of business owners.
OSB President’s Special Award of Appreciation, 2010
Member, MENSA, Achieved an “AV Preeminent” rating for over twenty years by
Martindale Hubbell, the premier attorney rating service.
Recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in energy and environmental practice in 2011 and
Listed in Who’s Who (in Law; American Law; and Women in Law) continuously since late 1980s.
Prior Business Experience and Activities
Previous Small Business Owner (Breeding Arabian Horses)
Advisor to Disjecta, LLC, a nonprofit LLC promoting Arts in Oregon. (Pro bono) 2006‐2014.
Oregon Small Business for Responsible Leadership (“OSBRL”), Executive Board member. 2007– 2010.
Reasonable Insurance Premiums Coalition, Board of Directors, 2010‐2012
- Oregon State Bar, Board of Governors, original four‐year term, extended two additional years by vote of the Region 4. January 2007‐2012.
- Oregon State Bar, Corporate Counsel Section, Executive Board, 2011‐ 2017, chair 2016.
- Oregon State Bar, Executive Committee Member, Administrative Law
Section. 2002—2008‐2011, Chair 2006.
- Oregon State Bar Energy Telecommunications and Utility Section Executive
Board Member 2000‐ 2008; 2016-2019.Chair 2001.
- Oregon State Bar, Disciplinary Board, 1993‐1997, Region 5 Chair 1995‐1997.
- Oregon State Bar, Financial Institutions Committee, 1996‐1998, chair‐ 1998;
- Oregon State Bar, MCLE Board, 1991‐1994, Sec 1992‐93, Chair 1993‐94.
- Oregon State Bar, Bar‐Sponsored Programs Committee, 1985‐1988, chair 1988.
- Oregon State Bar, New Lawyer’s Committee, 1990‐91.
- Oregon State Bar, Ethics Committee, 1999‐2002
Speaker on Energy, Ethics, Real Estate, and Contract e issues.
- General Business
- Commercial Law
- Contracts; Litigation
- Real Estate; Energy
- Utility Law
- Mediation Services
- 1984, Oregon; 1987, Washington, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington and U.S. Court Of Appeals 9th and Federal Circuits
- Willamette University, J.D.
- Oregon State University, B.S., 1975
- Oregon State Bar; Washington State Bar Association; Washington County Bar Association; Multnomah County Bar Association; American Bar Association.
- Author and Speaker: Ethics, Energy Issues. Region 4 Governor to Oregon State Bar Board of Governors, 2007-2011. Pro tem Judge, 1995-2006. 22 years on Bar Executive Boards including Region 5 Disciplinary Chair.
- Reading, Pennsylvania
- Bonneville Power Administration; Oregon Public Utility Commission; Washington Utility and Transportation Commission.
- Special Agencies: Bonneville Power Administration; Oregon Public Utility Commission; Washington Utility and Transportation Commission.