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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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Languages spoken: Hebrew

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  • Girum Tesfaye

    I have known Mr. Fischer for eight years and will readily attest to his professionalism and unmatched competence in Labor and Employment Law. I have engaged Mr. Fischer in the past to help me navigate complicated areas of law and he has undoubtedly been an asset on my speed dial list. Without reservation, I endorse Morris Fischer for his legal acumen and professionalism.

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Morris on a number of matters. He is smart, hardworking and an excellent attorney. I strongly recommend, and have recommended him, to clients.

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Morris E. Fischer, LLC

1400 Spring Street
Suite 350
Silver Spring, MD, 20910

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1400 Spring Street
Silver Spring, MD, 20910

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 200607/06/2016
MDActive200109/20/2015
NYCurrently registered 199603/07/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimand
    issued in MD, 2013

    updated

    Reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

    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.”

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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 4.7 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2016
Preeminent 4.5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Selected Mentor ProgramMaryland Court of Appeals2012
Certificate of AppreciationDystonia Support Group of Greater Washington, DC2010
Pro Bono Honor RollLegal Aid of Baltimore, MD2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerMorris E. Fischer, LLC2005 - Present
Judicial Law ClerkNew York State Supreme Court Justice1993 - 1993
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law SocietySustaining Member2016 - Present
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationSustaining Member2014 - Present
Dystonia Support Group of Greater Washington, DCfeatured speaker2010 - Present
Montgomery County Bar AssociationEmployment Law Committee member2012 - 2013
House Ways & Means Committee, MD House of Delegates,Witness - gave testimony2012 - 2012
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationCase Evaluation Committee Member2011 - 2012
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mogenhan v. Rubin, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1:98-cv-00817-JDSJury verdict for $250,000 + attorney fees
Hitchcock v. Atlantic Southeast Airlines, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi, 1:04-cv-00070-MPMJury verdict for $870,000
Yvonne Glover v. U.S. Dep't of Veterans Affairs, Matter No. 558/05Full reinstatement, all back pay and attorney fees
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Ezine ArticlesPlaying Professional Responsibility Hardball With Federal Agency Lawyers - Part Two2016
Ezine ArticlesPlaying Professional Responsibility Hardball With Federal Agency Lawyers2016
Fox News NationalWhite ex-DC official sues city, claims he was called 'cracker' and fired over race2015
Fox News NationalHow did federal agency get $500M from stimulus? 'We Misled Congress,' ex-official says2015
Credit Union TimesCFPB’s Reviews a ‘Breeding Ground' for Subjectivity2014
The Daily CallerNBC News Quietly Settles Cameraman’s Age Discrimination Suit2014
The Daily Record (Maryland)Ex-Navy photographers discrimination moves forwar2014
The Daily Record (Maryland)City Settles ADA Suit for $100k2014
Fox News NationalMorris E. Fischer, Esq. Represents National Whistleblower in 300M Cover Up2014
Fox News NationalMorris E. Fischer, Esq Makes National News: Obama’s nominee to lead Social Security agency left dangling2014
Morris E. Fischer, Esq.Secrets to Top Recovery, Third Edition2014
CNNICE Chief of Staff on Leave on Heels of DHS Job Discrimination Lawsuit2012
The New York TimesOfficial's Lawsuit Claims Discrimination Against Men at U.S. Immigration Agency2012
The Wall Street JournalICE Agent Settles Harassment Lawsuit with Gov't2012
Ezine ArticlesFederal Employees: The Hostile Work Environment Trap Avoidance2011
Ezine ArticlesHave You Been Retaliated Against? - Some Helpful Pointers2009
Ezine ArticlesGovernment Promises of Pension Benefits - Beware!2009
ISBN 0-9632171-7-8Secrets to Your Top Recovery (book written for clients)2008
FindlawCritical Strategies in Maximizing Damages Awarded At a Jury Trial or at Mediation2008
FindlawWhen Is a Sales Commission Legally Earned2006
Journal of the Suffolk Academy of Law, Volume 12, 1998Why Shrink Wrap Licensing Agreements Should Be Enforceable Against Software Users Knowledgeable of Their Existence,1998
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Yeshiva UniversityAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Dystonia Support GroupDisability2014
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, Mid Atlantic Regional ConferenceDystonia and the ADA2014
Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg School of Law, Evidence classThe Importance of Winning Objections at Trial2012
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, Mid Atlantic Regional ConferenceDystonia and the ADA2012
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Regional ConferenceDystonia and the ADA2010