Our founders I. Walter Fisher & Erle Phillips started a law firm committed to taking a practical, businesslike approach to solving labor and employment problems. Seventy years later, Fisher & Phillips has grown to become a national law firm with more than 300 attorneys and 31 offices, and we still share that commitment of our founders. Specifically:
We provide practical business solutions to our clients' legal problems. Our attorneys are skilled and tenacious advocates, but we recognize that the most aggressive (and expensive) approach may not be the best solution to a client’s problem. In every matter we handle we identify the client's primary business objective and then find and implement a solution to meet that objective.
We learn our clients’ business and industry. We know that context is important. We take the time to learn the business environment in which our clients operate so that the advice we provide fits the client.
We are responsive. We recognize that we are in the client service business. We know that many labor and employment problems arise without much prior warning and require an immediate response, so we are highly accessible to our clients. We return calls and e-mails quickly, and we are available around the clock as necessary.
We respect our clients' time. We know our clients are busy and must manage many challenges simultaneously, so we do our best to avoid last minute surprises. We meet deadlines, and we communicate with clients efficiently in plain English.
We help our clients avoid legal problems. We think the lawsuit that was never filed is a better win for our client than a defense verdict after a long and costly trial. We provide thoughtful advice and counsel to our clients designed to anticipate and prevent employee claims and lawsuits, government investigations, and union organizing activity.
Because of our deep knowledge and experience, we are economical. Labor and employment law is all we do. Instead of trying to be all things to a client, we offer deep and broad knowledge and experience in the area of the law we know best. We get to the point quickly and our clients do not have to pay for a learning curve.
We are national and local, with attorneys admitted in just about every U.S. jurisdiction. We represent a wide range of public and private employers. Our clients include employers in the agriculture, automotive manufacturing, automobile dealership, banking, broadcasting, casino and gaming, construction, health care, hospitality, insurance, legal and professional services, manufacturing, mining, real estate, retail, technology, transportation, and wholesale and distribution industries, as well as state and local government entities, non-profit organizations, schools, colleges and universities.
F&P Attorney's Client Project Wins Second Award in Hospitality Industry (December 12, 2007)
Fisher & Phillips Attorney Selected for Prestigious 40 Under 40 Award (November 11, 2011)
Fisher & Phillips Partner Tex McIver Receives Prestigious Award From SAE National Fraternity (August 21, 2013)
Fisher & Phillips Wins 2009 Burton Award for Best Law Firm Newsletter (April 21, 2009)
Fisher & Phillips Wins First Place Legal Marketing Award (October 24, 2013)
Fisher & Phillips Wins South Carolina Hospitality Association Supplier of the Year Award (February 20, 2009)
Fisher & Phillips Wins Top Marketing Award (March 22, 2007)
Hagood Tighe Receives Richland County Bar Association's Civic Star Award (December 17, 2013)
Our firm's commitment to diversity is nearly a half-century old. Our first woman partner was Margie Pitts Hames, hired in 1962. She was soon joined by Dorothy Toth Beasley, who later served as a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals. In 1973, Ms. Hames and Judge Beasley made legal history by being the first women attorneys to argue both sides of a case in the U.S. Supreme Court. The case was Doe v. Bolton, a companion case to Roe v. Wade. Although both were at different firms at the time, Ike Fisher, one of our founders, referred to the historic argument as one of the proudest moments of his career.
Our goal today is to continue that tradition of inclusion, and expand upon it. We seek to recruit, hire, develop, retain and promote the best attorneys and staff at all levels - regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, background or viewpoint. This commitment starts with the firm's Chairman, Roger Quillen, and extends throughout our work environment.
Diversity and inclusiveness are an essential part of our firm. While this spirit of openness is engrained in our spirits, we have also formalized our efforts. Fisher & Phillips' Diversity Committee, chaired by partner Todd Fredrickson, is committed to developing and expanding the firm's talent, relying on our unshakeable belief that being inclusive and incorporating diversity in its broadest sense strengthens our ability to serve our clients by making us more capable of addressing and providing critical insights regarding today's workplace. Our Diversity Committee, composed of partners, of counsel, and associates from across the country, represents a broad spectrum of the differences in ethnicity, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, backgrounds, and viewpoints. The Diversity Committee's goals can be summarized in five key initiatives:
Ongoing firmwide education on diversity and inclusiveness issues and programs;
Lateral recruitment, including a lateral hiring strategy designed to build a diverse workforce across all experience levels of the firm;
Retention and advancement, including the development of a firmwide mentoring and training program that ensures support and development for all associates;
Community outreach that will increase our support of and connection with diverse businesses, professional organizations and underprivileged communities; and
Identification and recruitment of top-tier candidates graduating from law school who will enrich our firm.
Fisher & Phillips seeks law students who have completed their second year of law school. Each year, we hire a small class of summer clerks for our Atlanta office. We do not have a summer program for any of our other offices.
Our program is designed to give our summer clerks a flavor of both the breadth and depth of the practice of labor and employment law. We expose our clerks to all aspects of our practice for a realistic view of what it is like to practice as a first year associate at our firm. Our clerks have opportunities to attend events such as client meetings, hearings, depositions, and client seminars.