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Caitlynrose Fisher
Caitlynrose Fisher

2020 Up & Coming Attorneys: Caitlynrose Fisher

Caitlynrose Fisher remembers writing her first “legal brief” at the age of 10. She enlisted her brother’s testimony to support her argument on why she should be allowed to have a sleepover. The Minneapolis native says she has “always enjoyed the press of building a case, making an argument and building a coalition.”

While attending the University of Minnesota law school, Fisher had the “amazing opportunity” to spend a summer interning with the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office in Washington, D.C. Surrounded by “a brilliant group of lawyers who had argued hundreds of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“One of the things I learned there was the importance of getting down to the fundamentals when working on a case, and building a case based on that.”

After law school, she clerked for two federal appellate judges. Since joining Greene Espel, Fisher has specialized in business litigation, including federal cases involving public sector entities.  She has a significant appellate practice, and serves on an 8th Circuit federal appeals group, representing defendants who cannot afford counsel. In 2019, she was honored for her role as co-lead counsel in a federal civil rights case that received international attention.

What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?

When I was working at the Justice Department, surrounded by some of the highest-credentialed people in the practice of law, one attorney told me, “Don’t count yourself out. You are here.” Moving forward, I have tried to remember that and tried to “lean in” more for opportunities.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

It’s pretty nerdy: I like to listen to Supreme Court oral arguments while I run. It’s fun to hear this level of advocacy and hear the way justices approach some of the most significant issues being litigated in this country.

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