My firm continues to be right in the thick of prominent whistle-blowing and discrimination cases, a number with national relevance. Admitted to the bar for twenty years, I possess a wealth of unique and diversified experience.
In Keegan v. Social Security Administration, (2014), my firm represents, Michael Keegan, a former Associate Commissioner for Facilities for the Social Security Administration, who blew the whistle on Carolyn Colvin, the President’s nominee to lead the agency. In short, Ms. Colvin, failed to disclose to Congress a damning report regarding a 300 million dollar computer system to process disability claims of which she was aware. Moreover, she misled Congress into believing that the project was right on schedule without any notable issues. The case was pursued by the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Darrell Issa (R-CA).
In June, 2015, I represented Mr. Keegan before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on a whistle blowing hearing. This committee includes ranking Repulican Member, Ron Johnson (D-WI), John McCain (R-AZ), Rand Paul (R-KY), Kelly Ayotte, (R-NH), ranking Democrat Member Thomas Carper, (D-DE) and Claire McCaskill, (D-MO). Mr. Keegan's testimony pertained to the Social Security Administration misleading Congress as to the need for $500,000,000 to replace the National Computer Center, when no such outlay was needed and the actual building was never replaced. The case made national news.
Later in 2015, in another national whistle blower case, my firm was retained by Senior Immigration and Enforcement Agent, Taylor Johnson, who also testified before the same U.S. Senate Committee. Ms. Johnson reported extensive abuse of the EB-5, USCIS Immigrant Investor Program with respect to the refurbishing of a Las Vegas casino, headed by an investor group, represented by Rory Reid, Esq., son of U.S. Senate Minority leader, Harry Reid (D-NV). The Department of Homeland Security issued an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report concluded that Reid pressured a compliant DHS official to override normal departmental procedures and rush through 230 EB-5 foreign visa applications.
The OIG report found that requests to expedite EB-5 processing are normally granted only in very rare circumstances, but in this case to save the project, after a number of phone calls with Senator Reid’s office, USCIS Director and Deputy DHS Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, pressured ICE officials to expedite and approve the processing.
Ms. Johnson’s reward for whistle blowing was ICE taking her weapon and ICE credentials, along with her government vehicle and access to her place of employment. In addition, the Agency issued a Proposal to Remove based upon charges that had absolutely no basis. When a social worker working with the Johnson family with respect to her adopted children contacted ICE, she was told that Ms. Johnson was terminated for a criminal offense. As a result, Ms. Johnson nearly lost her 1 year old adopted child. Morris E. Fischer, Esq. and Daniel Kenney, Esq., of Counsel to the firm litigated the case before the Merit Systems Protection Board, where the matter was resolved to the satisfaction of the parties.
Ms. Johnson's case against ICE was not the first nationally reported litigation agaisnt ICE of which my firm has been has a part. In 2012, my firm litigated on behalf of two whistle blowers against the Department of Homeland Security. In Hayes v. Napolitano, James T. Hayes, Jr., complained about sexual harassment committed by Suzanne Barr, Chief of Staff for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. Mr. Hayes was then targeted with retaliation, including investigations conducted against him by the Agency, which demonstrated no wrong doing. After a storm of national media attention and aggressive litigation, Ms. Barr was forced to resign and Mr. Hayes maintained his position as the Special Agent in Charge of the New York office and a $175,000.
In May, 2014, another high profile case I litigated was reported by the Maryland Daily Record, Atkinson v. The Baltimore City Police Department, 12-cv-3405 (WDQ), a disability discrimination case involving an injured Baltimore City Police officer, who after recovery, was still perceived as disabled and denied reinstatement. The case settled for $100,000.
In March, 2015, my law office won an appeal in The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, making that the sixth different Appeals Courtin which Morris E. Fischer, Esq. has prevailed. The case, Staffing Alternatives, Inc. v. Marilyn Saunders, No. 0109, dealt with a Maryland citizen first denied unemployment benefits for gross misconduct. The Circuit Court reversed and the Special Court of Appeals of Maryland affirmed the reversal, holding that an employee who surfed the internet at work a handful of times did not commit gross misconduct to deny benefits.
Actively involved in the legal community, in March, 2012, I testified before the Maryland House of Delegates, House Ways and Means Committee on the Maryland Civil Rights Tax Relief Act (CRTRA), with the aim to prevent the taxation of non-economic damages in the employment law settlements and awards.
I have tried cases in New York, Washington, DC, Maryland, Texas, and Mississippi, where he and local counsel obtained a successful $870,000.00 federal jury verdict. In 2012, I won a $250,000 jury verdict, plus $208,000 in attorney fees and interest, against the Secret Service (Department of Homeland Security) for a federal employee; a case that had been previously litigated for 19 years.
I am actively involved in the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, where I have been a featured speaker on Dystonia and the ADA since 2010.
Licensed in the following states:
• Maryland (2001)
• New York (1996)
• Washington, DC (2003)
Admitted to Practice in these following Federal Courts:
• The Supreme Court of the United States
• The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
• The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Armed Services
• The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
• The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
• The United States Court of Federal Claims
• The United States District Court, District of Maryland
• The United States District Court, District of Columbia
• The United States District Court, Southern District of New York
• The United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
• The United States District Court, District of Colorado
I have also published a book, Secrets to Your Top Recovery, a guide enabling clients to maximize the attorney-client relationship to give their case the best chance of winning.
Tough, aggressive and vigorous litigation are the qualities I utilize on a daily basis to fight and achieve justice for my clients.
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
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Morris’s comment: “This was an out of court reprimand to which I consented. New York's Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District determined there was no breach of the Rules of Professional Conduct.”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Preeminent 4.7 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Preeminent 4.5 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Selected Mentor Program||Maryland Court of Appeals||2012|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Dystonia Support Group of Greater Washington, DC||2010|
|Pro Bono Honor Roll||Legal Aid of Baltimore, MD||2002|
|Owner||Morris E. Fischer, LLC||2005 - Present|
|Judicial Law Clerk||New York State Supreme Court Justice||1993 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law Society||Sustaining Member||2016 - Present|
|Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association||Sustaining Member||2014 - Present|
|Dystonia Support Group of Greater Washington, DC||featured speaker||2010 - Present|
|Montgomery County Bar Association||Employment Law Committee member||2012 - 2013|
|House Ways & Means Committee, MD House of Delegates,||Witness - gave testimony||2012 - 2012|
|Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association||Case Evaluation Committee Member||2011 - 2012|
|Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association||Member||2008 - 2013|
|Mogenhan v. Rubin, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1:98-cv-00817-JDS||Jury verdict for $250,000 + attorney fees|
|Hitchcock v. Atlantic Southeast Airlines, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi, 1:04-cv-00070-MPM||Jury verdict for $870,000|
|Yvonne Glover v. U.S. Dep't of Veterans Affairs, Matter No. 558/05||Full reinstatement, all back pay and attorney fees|
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|Ezine Articles||Playing Professional Responsibility Hardball With Federal Agency Lawyers - Part Two||2016|
|Ezine Articles||Playing Professional Responsibility Hardball With Federal Agency Lawyers||2016|
|Fox News National||White ex-DC official sues city, claims he was called 'cracker' and fired over race||2015|
|Fox News National||How did federal agency get $500M from stimulus? 'We Misled Congress,' ex-official says||2015|
|Credit Union Times||CFPB’s Reviews a ‘Breeding Ground' for Subjectivity||2014|
|The Daily Caller||NBC News Quietly Settles Cameraman’s Age Discrimination Suit||2014|
|The Daily Record (Maryland)||Ex-Navy photographers discrimination moves forwar||2014|
|The Daily Record (Maryland)||City Settles ADA Suit for $100k||2014|
|Fox News National||Morris E. Fischer, Esq. Represents National Whistleblower in 300M Cover Up||2014|
|Fox News National||Morris E. Fischer, Esq Makes National News: Obama’s nominee to lead Social Security agency left dangling||2014|
|Morris E. Fischer, Esq.||Secrets to Top Recovery, Third Edition||2014|
|CNN||ICE Chief of Staff on Leave on Heels of DHS Job Discrimination Lawsuit||2012|
|The New York Times||Official's Lawsuit Claims Discrimination Against Men at U.S. Immigration Agency||2012|
|The Wall Street Journal||ICE Agent Settles Harassment Lawsuit with Gov't||2012|
|Ezine Articles||Federal Employees: The Hostile Work Environment Trap Avoidance||2011|
|Ezine Articles||Have You Been Retaliated Against? - Some Helpful Pointers||2009|
|Ezine Articles||Government Promises of Pension Benefits - Beware!||2009|
|ISBN 0-9632171-7-8||Secrets to Your Top Recovery (book written for clients)||2008|
|Findlaw||Critical Strategies in Maximizing Damages Awarded At a Jury Trial or at Mediation||2008|
|Findlaw||When Is a Sales Commission Legally Earned||2006|
|Journal of the Suffolk Academy of Law, Volume 12, 1998||Why Shrink Wrap Licensing Agreements Should Be Enforceable Against Software Users Knowledgeable of Their Existence,||1998|
|Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|Yeshiva University||Accounting||BS - Bachelor of Science||1990|
|Dystonia Support Group||Disability||2014|
|Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, Mid Atlantic Regional Conference||Dystonia and the ADA||2014|
|Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg School of Law, Evidence class||The Importance of Winning Objections at Trial||2012|
|Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, Mid Atlantic Regional Conference||Dystonia and the ADA||2012|
|Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference||Dystonia and the ADA||2010|