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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, he 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. An author for several ICLE publications as well as other publications such as the "Journal of Urban Law," the "Michigan Bar Journal," and the "Real Property Review," Professor Fisher is a member and past chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Government Law Section Council. He serves as chair of the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission and is a past president of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, a founder of the Oakland County Bar Association Municipal Law Committee, active in the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society, and a life fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. Professor Fisher received the State Bar of Michigan's Roberts P. Hudson Award and the Cooley Law Review's 2001 Michigan Supreme Court Distinguished Brief Award. He was listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" for 2007 and 2009 in land use and zoning and was a 2001 Lawyer of the Year in Michigan, recognized and awarded by "Michigan Lawyers Weekly." Professor Fisher was named among the 2018 top lawyers in the field of municipal law, land use, and zoning by "dBusiness" magazine.