William J.  Fisher

Principal - Minneapolis


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Leesa K. Norton, 612.632.3263

500 IDS Center
80 South 8th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Main: 612.632.3000
Fax: 612.632.4444

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Fisher, Bill

Bill practices in the areas of reorganization and bankruptcy, commercial law, and creditors’ rights. He also has represented lenders of all types, including equipment lessors and financiers, real estate mortgagees, lessors, creditors’ committees, a Chapter 11 trustee, Chapter 11 debtors, and Chapter 7 debtors.

Bill teaches courses on business law at Metro State University and is a frequent lecturer and author at legal education seminars on bankruptcy, the U.C.C., finance, and consumer law. He has also taught the U.C.C. and Bankruptcy at William Mitchell College of Law.


  • “Alleviating the Pain of Medical Debts,” coauthor, Minnesota Health Care News, November 2009
  • “Specter of Tribal Defaults Raises Unique Questions That Have Yet to be Answered,” coauthor, Gaming Industry Observer, June 2009


  • “New Law Series: Nonprofit Law—Gifts, Donor Scandals and Clawbacks,” Minnesota CLE, September 18, 2012
  • “Dealing With Financially Stressed Employees and the Impact on Your Business,” GPM Employment Law Seminar, April 21, 2010
  • “Buying and Selling the Financially Troubled Company,” copresenter, Hennepin County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, March 12, 2010
  • “Financial Issues Affecting our Cities,” copresenter, Minnesota Association of City Attorneys’ Annual Conference, February 6, 2009


  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1985
  • Tufts University, summa cum laude, 1982

Professional Activities

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Bankruptcy Bulletin, coeditor, 1989-1991 and 2004-2005, and Editorial Board, 1988-1989
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law section; chair, 1999-2000; vice chair, 1998-1999; secretary, 1997-1998; treasurer, 1996-1997; Educational Committee, cochair, 1992-1996

Honors and Distinctions

  • “The Best Lawyers in America,” Woodward/White, 2013-2014
  • “North Star Lawyers,” Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012
  • “Super Lawyer®,” Thomson/Reuters, 2008-present
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, Volunteer of the Year, 2010
  • Hennepin County Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, 2009

Community Involvement

  • Hamline University, lecturer
  • Metropolitan State University, community faculty
  • William Mitchell College of Law, adjunct professor