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Michael Bryan Fisher

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Hanover, NH

5.0   19 reviews
  • State Years
    New Hampshire - NH 13 years
    New York - NY 23 years
    Washington - WA 14 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NH
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Voluntarily Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

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         After graduating from Colgate University (Hamilton, NY) with a degree in English in 1997, Michael attended Fordham University’s School of Law and earned his J.D. in 2000.  He served as a summer associate following each of his first two years of law school at a mid-sized Manhattan firm and worked there as a part-time law clerk during his final year of school.
 
          Michael began his career as an associate with the same Manhattan firm, concentrating on both commercial bankruptcy and complex litigation, including significant experience in Chapter 11 filings for numerous publicly-held companies and privately-held entities, creditor committees and related adversary proceeding litigation.  Michael also represented a diverse group of entities in civil and commercial litigation matters before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, self-regulatory organizations, and at arbitration proceedings.
 
          In 2006 Michael became associated with a Plattsburgh-based firm and quickly became responsible for managing the firm’s growing consumer bankruptcy practice.  As the sole attorney in the firm’s Lake Placid satellite office, Michael became engaged in a more general practice, advising clients on a wide range of legal issues varying from employment and contract law to real property disputes and family law.  More recently, Michael served as “of counsel” to a well-respected family-owned bankruptcy practice in Everett, WA, concentrating on consumer related filings in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases.
 
          In 2010, Michael moved to NH and later opened Fisher Law Offices, PLLC.  With a thriving new practice, Michael now serves a diverse range of clients primarily in the areas of consumer and commercial bankruptcy (representing both debtors and creditors), debt settlement and negotiation, and all manner of civil/commercial litigation. 
 
          Michael strives to assist his clients by efficiently managing whatever issues arise during the course of representation.  His down-to-earth personality, friendly demeanor and effective communication with clients, colleagues and the judiciary help him to achieve the most favorable results for his clients.  Michael looks forward to the new challenges he faces everyday in advising those in need and to becoming an impactful member of his community.
 
          Michael is admitted to practice before the bars of the states of New Hampshire and New York, as well as multiple federal district and bankruptcy courts in New Hampshire, Vermont and New York, and is a member in good standing of various bar associations.  He lives in the Upper Valley with his wife and three children.

Location

Fisher Law Offices, PLLC
45 Lyme Road
Suite 205
Hanover, NH, 03755

Reviews

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Posted by Tammi | November 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael was always there for me, every step of the way
From the second I walked in and talked to Michael Fisher I felt a sense of relief and a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. He provided a detailed explanation of the process and gave me direction on my responsibilities to move forward. My questions and concerns were always answered in a very timely manner. I am confident that he will do the same for you. I highly recommend giving him a call, it is the first step in the right direction. You won't regret it!
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Posted by Barry | July 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A truly SUPERB attorney, advocate & guide through hard stuff !!!
I called Michael last year at a time of huge despair & anxiety for me & my wife. We were so far in debt, after years of multiple cancers plus other medical disasters & overall busted careers, that homelessness seemed a likely outcome. It seemed that even the smallest hopes which we had clung to in life had been wrecked. We were broken in body, mind, heart & spirit. We struggled to scrape together co-pays for my wife's most vitally necessary prescriptions. Creditors were calling all day long. Our marriage was ripping apart under the strain. As he himself said, the elements of Michael’s work with us were, in a certain sense, basic, but the combination added up impressively indeed. Michael insists that he is no miracle worker, but IMHO he is about the closest thing that the real world can offer on any given workday! First, he LISTENS with great care & attentiveness. His manner is wonderfully calm & kind-hearted. I cannot overstate how much of a difference his patient way of listening made from the very beginning, as we struggled to unpack for him our long, tangled & conflict-laden explanation of the mess that we were in. My manner & voice were heavy with fear, & more than a little anger, born of feelings of helpless desperation. My wife & I were in deep disagreement about how to proceed, including whether to file bankruptcy, & regarding what further losses we could each tolerate in pursuit of a possible remedy. Because Michael’s manner is unmistakably genuine, warm-hearted & good-humored, while being at the same time practical, sensible & efficient, he gently but effectively helped us to recover that kind of constructive, cooperative attitude ourselves, so that we soon became a team of three people working well together on a mutually beneficial & positive set of goals. Second, Michael is an excellent TEACHER & COACH. Everything regarding consumer debt, interest rates, collections, bankruptcy, negotiated settlements, etc was all very opaque & bewildering to me & my wife. Getting miserable, stressed-out people like us to follow explanations & properly take in info is hard indeed. Michael not only KNOWS HIS STUFF but deftly guided us with true grace from a starting point of being freaked-out-&-frantic & into a state of being informed, aware, & increasingly confident about making intelligent step-by-step choices in consultation with him. (It is no surprise that Michael devotes much of his non-lawyering time as “Coach Fish”, a successful & much-admired teacher & coach of various local hockey programs for young people!) Third, he is a very hard-working & persuasive ADVOCATE. Once my wife & I were clear that we wanted to pursue negotiated settlements with our creditors instead of bankruptcy, Michael helped us to set realistic goals & criteria which would most closely fit our values & needs, & which seemed to make the best strategic use of our available assets. Then he did the hard work of grinding through days, weeks & months of communications with each of our creditors in order to seek out & deal directly with only the real decision-makers at each of the firms to whom we owed well into six figures, all told. It was clear to us that Michael is truly excellent at 1. the dogged pursuit of people who aren’t much motivated on their own to negotiate with us at all 2. presenting our case & pitching our offer in the most cogent, persuasive way possible 3. negotiating tirelessly to get the best deal for us, while keeping to the guiding values & priorities which we had worked out together beforehand. The results greatly exceeded all possible expectations, Michael was truly a pleasure to work with, & our life & marriage are in better shape than ever. The bottom-line trade-offs in terms of speed, cost & hopes for rebuilding our creditworthiness, have turned out to be truly the right choices for us. CALL MICHAEL !!! You'll be glad you did!
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Posted by Preston Wagar | April 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Michael Fisher
Michael was a true professional every step of the way! Kept us up to date and well informed on all proceedings and what was expected on our end. Would highly recommend Michael to anyone looking for legal counsel in his field of practice...... Thank You again for a spectacular job......
Posted by Andrea | December 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Wonderful Experience
My husband and I knew nothing about filing bankruptcy before we met Michael. We were nervous and did not know what to expect. The office was easy to find and we felt welcomed from the minute we walked in. Michael explained everything in 'plain English' which was perfect, since English is not my native language. We were both actively involved in every conversation, led step by step while gathering paperwork/signing forms etc. Even before we met our Trustee, Michael met us early, so we could talk in private, in case we had any questions. I truly feel my idea about lawyers changed, since I have met Michael. He worked hard for us, made the process seem quite simple and was very kind to my husband and I. Now, that the process is finished ,we look back and think " we are grateful we found such a wonderful, knowledgeable and caring lawyer". Thank you, Michael!
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Posted by Nancy | June 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
excellent lawyer
Michael acted very professional and respectful while representing us. We were well prepared for every step along the way. All of our questions were answered promptly and throughly. I highly recommend him.
Posted by William | March 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!
I hired Michael to help me with bankruptcy proceedings. He took the time to explain my options and answered all my questions. He walked me through the entire process. He was very courteous and understanding of how difficult bankruptcy is for a person to go through. If you are looking for a lawyer I highly recommend Attorney Fisher. William C.
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Posted by Linda | September 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
"The Best" - Highly Recommend
Michael is professional and efficient. He had all the answers to our questions regarding a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. His knowledge is so complete we were able to trust his expertise fully.
Posted by Lorri and H.O. | August 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Many Many Thanks Michael !
My Husband and I have worked with Attorney Fisher pretty much throughout the last year in effort to retain our home and property. Michael has become a great friend along the way as we have come to trust and respect his honesty and integrity. Michael has had great compassion and sincere wishes to help us along this journey. We would highly, highly recommend him for anyone seeking a bankruptcy attorney.
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Posted by Barb | August 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney who is knowledgeable and approachable
Mike has been our credit union attorney since 2008. We’ve had some interesting situations and Mike always faces them with integrity, knowledge and the highest degree of professionalism; he puts the credit union first. I appreciate the timeliness that he returns phone calls and emails, expressing to me that my time is important. I would recommend Mike Fisher to anyone looking for a competent, approachable, experienced attorney.
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Posted by Kim | August 20, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney!
Michael helped me to purchase an existing business, which required him to review the purchase/sale agreement and file all necessary state paperwork. Three years later he helped me negotiate the sale of my business to another store owner. He help was valuable and helped to ensure that I was fully covered under both agreements. The transactions never would have gone so smoothly without his help! Michael is committed to watching out for his clients, providing them with the help they need while being careful about cost.
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Posted by Darryl | August 19, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Michael has represented me on 3 different occasions. Prepared my wife and I's will, dealt with the IRS for me and handled a personal matter for me. Very professional and well prepared. Very competent and capable.
Posted by Nataly | August 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent
When you need Bankruptcy lawyer, choose wisely! Michael is energetic, well organized and has mach needed experience in the Cort. He will stand out for you and make your life easier. Thank you Mike
Posted by Joseph | August 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He made a distressing situation manageable
Mr. Fisher, from start to finish, walked me through every step of my bankruptcy, making sure that i understood the process fully. Always patient and thoroughly knowledgable. I feel fortunate that i had him in my corner and if I know of anyone in the future looking for counsel i will not hesitate to recommend Mr. Fisher without reservations.
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Posted by Tim | August 14, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Down to Earth Lawyer
I have worked with Mike on a few occasions and hired him twice through my Hyatt Legal Program offered at work. He helped with a financial situation as well as Will preparations for my wife and I. Mike is accessible and an easy person to talk to who takes his time to thoroughly explain the legal aspects of things in a way that is easy to understand to the non lawyer types (like me!) I would highly recommend Mike for anyone looking to sort out financial matters as my situation couldn't have worked out better. He is also willing to at least discuss any other legal matters without hesitation.
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Posted by Steve | August 14, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
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Michael is wonderful-very patient and easy to understand. He has helped make this nightmare easier to deal with and it's very appreciated.
Posted by Judi | August 13, 2015
Awesome lawyer
Hired for a bankruptcy. Michael is very professional and knowledgeable. It was the best experience we have ever had with ANY kind of lawyer. i think he would be very good as a judge also
Posted by Robin | August 13, 2015
Just what I needed!
I was in a pretty desperate situation. I was referred to Michael by a trusted lawyer. I called and spoke to him on the phone that day and was able to meet in his office that week. Michael was not at all judgmental and in fact, was very supportive. I was able to gather the necessary documents (surprisingly few) with Michael's help. The process was easy and not nearly as costly as I had imagined. Michael explained everything and answered all of my questions. I wish I had not had to go through bankruptcy, but having Michael made it as good as it could be.
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Posted by Chris | May 24, 2014
Awesome Job
We were referred to Michael to discuss doing a bankruptcy. He was every professional, polite and personable. He kept us informed and went out of his way to make sure everything was correct. I would recommend him to both family and friends in need of bankruptcy information.
Posted by Scott | March 24, 2011
Fast, efficient, yet elaborate
Michael Fisher assisted me with billing disputes and also with a domestic dispute. In both instances he went above and beyond my expectations. He was always reachable and never rushed me off the phone. He stuck to the fees we agreed to and charged much lower than any other lawyer I have dealt with in the past. I have already recommended him to several different colleagues of mine and would recommend him to anyone reading this review. FAST, EFFICIENT, CHEAP, TOTALLY WILLING TO HELP AND GO THE EXTRA MILE
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-275 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Member/Attorney
  • Fisher Law Offices, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Thomas D. Neeleman, Esq., L.C.
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Essex County Public Defender
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Niles, Piller & Bracy, PLLC
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Olshan Grundman Frome Rosenzweig & Wolosky LLP
  • 1998 - 2003
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Education

  • Fordham University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2000
  • Colgate University
  • B.A.
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Family Christian, LLC
  • Plan Confirmed

Associations

  • Rotary International
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2014
  • New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2003
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (3)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael Fisher is a very knowledgeable attorney and I am confident in referring matters outside my areas of practice to him. I recommend him to anyone seeking assistance with a bankruptcy or other matter."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael Fisher is an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who is also compassionate and caring. I enthusiastically recommend Michael."
Bankruptcy and debt
Land use and zoning
Bankruptcy and debt

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Hanover Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Michael Bryan Fisher
Michael Bryan Fisher
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Hanover, NH
Licensed for 23 years
Free Consultation