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Brian M. Fishman

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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


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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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    9 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 10%
    10 years



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  • S Joshua Macktaz

    I have had the opportunity to have professional contact with Attorney Fishman and I endorse this lawyer as a top Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Philadelphia area.


    S Joshua Macktaz DUI & DWI Attorney
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  • Tina M. Willis

    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.


    Tina Willis Car Accidents Attorney
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Contact info

Brian M. Fishman

211 N 13th St.
Suite #801
Philadelphia, PA, 19107


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Best Attorneys in AmericaRue Ratings2015
Rising Star in Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Client's Choice Award in Criminal DefenseAvvo2013
Top Contributor Award in Criminal DefenseAvvo2013
Rising Star in Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2013
Rising Star in Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerThe Fishman Firm, LLC2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyDavid S. Nenner & Associates2005 - 2013
Assistant District AttorneyPhiladelphia District Attorney's Office2001 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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
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Publication nameTitleDate
Beyond a Reasonable BlogCriminal Attorney Inbox: Police didn't read me my rights when I was arrested so my case should be dismissed, right?2014
Beyond a Reasonable BlogCan I Get My Criminal Record Expunged in Pennsylvania2013
Beyond a Reasonable BlogMiller Revisted: Batts Give Juvenile Lifers New Life2013
Beyond a Reasonable BlogTechnology Has Become Our Own "Big Brother"2013
Beyond a Reasonable BlogActual or Constructive Possession: PA Law Punishes for Both2013
Beyond a Reasonable BlogTop Five Biggest Mistakes of the Criminal Defendant2013
Beyonod a Reasonable BlogPhiladelphia Under Fire: The Serious Nature of Firearm Offenses2013
Beyond a Reasonable BlogCriminal Defense Attorney Inbox: If I didn't have any drugs on me when arrested, how can I be charged with possession with intent to deliver2013
Beyond a Reasonable BlogCreate a Diversion: How to Avoid a Criminal Record for First-Time Offenders2013
Beyond a Reasonable BlogPennsylvania Expungement Law Looks To Be Expanded2013
Beyond A Reasonable BlogCriminals Beware: Big Brother -- and Your Fellow Citizens -- Are Watching You2013
Beyond a Reasonable BlogDUI in PA: That Casual Evening Out Can be Costly2013
Beyond a Reasonable BlogMe-A-Gan: Once a Sex Offense, Always a Sex Offender2012
Beyond a Reasonable BlogTo See or Not to See: The Unreliability of Eyewitness Testimony2012
Beyond a Reasonable BlogIt's Miller time for Juvenile Lifers: Court strikes down Mandatory Life Imprisonment Without Parole2012
Beyond a Reasonable BlogMegan's Law Revisited: Retroactivity Clause Retroactively Removed2012
Beyond a Reasonable BlogExperts In Sex Offense Trials Take Away Job of Jury2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawN/AJuris Doctorate2001
Cornell UniversityPsychologyBachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Handling of Felony Drug Case in State CourtSentencing Considerations & Alternatives2014
Philadelphia Criminal Law American Inn of CourtBrady v. Maryland: What Constitutes Brady Material2011