In December 2013, after four years as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and eight years in private practice, Brian M. Fishman has opened his own law firm, The Fishman Firm, LLC. Brian M. Fishman is a criminal defense attorney representing invdivuals in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Chester Counties. In addition, Brian handles personal injury matters, civil rights cases and family law hearings. Brian blogs extensively in the area of criminal law and his blog can be read at www.thefishmanfirm.com.
Brian M. Fishman was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and has lived here all his life with the exception of four years spent in Ithaca, New York attending Cornell University. He graduated with a psychology degree from Cornell and returned to Philadelphia to pursue a legal career. He worked for two years at the American Arbitration Association as a Case Manager before enrolling at Temple University to obtain his law degree. At Temple, he was an editor of the Temple Law Review and graduated cum laude in 2001.
After graduation, he was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. He worked there for over four years prosecuting cases in Philadelphia's Municipal Court, Juvenile Court and the Court of Common Pleas. He handled thousands of cases from preliminary hearings and bail motions to motions to suppress and trials. He prosecuted hundreds of bench trials and over twenty jury trials. He finsihed his career in the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit where he mainly prosecuted those charged with rape, sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual assault, possession of child pornography, statutory sexual assault, rape of minors and various domestic violence charges including aggravated assault, burglary and violation of Protection From Abuse Orders.
In September 2005, Brian left the District Attorney's Office to work as associate attorney in a boutique litigation firm. While his main focus is criminal defense, he also represent individuals injured in all types of accidents including car accidents, slip & falls and SEPTA accidents. In addition, he represents individuals in civil rights cases, such as police brutality, excessive force, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and unlawful arrest matters. He also handles family law matters such as custody, support and Protection from Abuse cases.
Brian prides himself on being a zealous advocate for his clients in the courtroom while being readily accessible to clients and their families outside the courtroom. He is keenly aware that the number one complaint regarding lawyers is a lack of communiction. Therefore, he makes it a priority to return phone calls and respond to emails and letters as quickly as possible. He has built a representation as being an honest, available and diligent advocate for his clients.
If you or a loved one has any legal matter, please do not hesitate to contact Brian M. Fishman to schedule a free consultation.
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There is no way I could say enough nice things about Mr. Fishman. He is truly exceptional. If he has time to handle your case, then you should be thrilled to hire him. As a fellow lawyer in the community, I genuinely believe his skill, experience and dedication are all second to none. He is exceptionally bright, a great writer, and one tough advocate for all of his clients. Plus, he is a very good person & nice guy, to everyone he meets. He will make feel like your case is the most important one in the world, and that's exactly how he feels. The highest endorsement I can give is that I would recommend him to family members or hire him myself if needed. Philadelphia is very lucky to have a criminal defense lawyer of Brian Fishman's caliber.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Best Attorneys in America||Rue Ratings||2015|
|Rising Star in Criminal Defense||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Client's Choice Award in Criminal Defense||Avvo||2013|
|Top Contributor Award in Criminal Defense||Avvo||2013|
|Rising Star in Criminal Defense||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star in Criminal Defense||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Managing Partner||The Fishman Firm, LLC||2013 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||David S. Nenner & Associates||2005 - 2013|
|Assistant District Attorney||Philadelphia District Attorney's Office||2001 - 2005|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2011 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Philadelphia Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Commonwealth v. John D.||Not Guilty of All Charges following a Jury Trial|
|Commonwealth v. Steven P.||Not Guilty of All Charges|
|Commonwealth v. Tyrone O.||Not Guilty of All Charges|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||Criminal Attorney Inbox: Police didn't read me my rights when I was arrested so my case should be dismissed, right?||2014|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||Can I Get My Criminal Record Expunged in Pennsylvania||2013|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||Miller Revisted: Batts Give Juvenile Lifers New Life||2013|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||Technology Has Become Our Own "Big Brother"||2013|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||Actual or Constructive Possession: PA Law Punishes for Both||2013|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||Top Five Biggest Mistakes of the Criminal Defendant||2013|
|Beyonod a Reasonable Blog||Philadelphia Under Fire: The Serious Nature of Firearm Offenses||2013|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||Criminal Defense Attorney Inbox: If I didn't have any drugs on me when arrested, how can I be charged with possession with intent to deliver||2013|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||Create a Diversion: How to Avoid a Criminal Record for First-Time Offenders||2013|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||Pennsylvania Expungement Law Looks To Be Expanded||2013|
|Beyond A Reasonable Blog||Criminals Beware: Big Brother -- and Your Fellow Citizens -- Are Watching You||2013|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||DUI in PA: That Casual Evening Out Can be Costly||2013|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||Me-A-Gan: Once a Sex Offense, Always a Sex Offender||2012|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||To See or Not to See: The Unreliability of Eyewitness Testimony||2012|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||It's Miller time for Juvenile Lifers: Court strikes down Mandatory Life Imprisonment Without Parole||2012|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||Megan's Law Revisited: Retroactivity Clause Retroactively Removed||2012|
|Beyond a Reasonable Blog||Experts In Sex Offense Trials Take Away Job of Jury||2012|
|Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctorate||2001|
|Cornell University||Psychology||Bachelor of Arts||1996|
|The Handling of Felony Drug Case in State Court||Sentencing Considerations & Alternatives||2014|
|Philadelphia Criminal Law American Inn of Court||Brady v. Maryland: What Constitutes Brady Material||2011|