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Gerald A. Fisher

Clarkston, Michigan


Gerald A. Fisher is professor emeritus of law at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he taught courses on property, constitutional law, zoning and land use law, and state and local government law until his retirement from full-time teaching in 2018. Before joining the law school, Mr. Fisher served as general counsel for cities, villages, and townships in southeast Michigan, as well as special counsel for governmental entities throughout the state. In addition, he served as counsel on behalf of property owners regarding land use matters. Mr. Fisher is an author and contributing coeditor for several ICLE publications. He is also the author of a recently published book entitled "Local Government Law: A Practical Guidebook for Public Officials on City Councils, Community Boards and Planning Commissions," and has written articles for publications such as the "Journal of Urban Law," the "Michigan Bar Journal," and the "Michigan Real Property Review." Mr. Fisher is a member and past chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Government Law Section's council. He served for ten years as chair of the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission until 2020 and is a past president of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. Mr. Fisher is also a founder of the Oakland County Bar Association's municipal law committee, is active in the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society, and is a life fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. He received the State Bar of Michigan's Roberts P. Hudson Award and the Cooley Law Review's 2001 Michigan Supreme Court Distinguished Brief Award. Mr. Fisher was listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" for 2007 and 2009 in land use and zoning and was recognized as a Lawyer of the Year in Michigan by "Michigan Lawyers Weekly" in 2001.
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