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Michael Robert Fischer

Business Attorney at Lake Forest, CA

4.2   5 reviews

also known as Mikel

  • State Years
    California - CA 24 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 26 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Business
    60%
    General counsel for small to medium companies for all of their corporate, contracting, employment, and litigation needs.

    27 years

  2. Litigation
    25%
    Arbitrations and trials

    27 years

  3. Education
    15%
    Representation of private schools from pre-k through to universities.

    27 years

CrossCourt Law was founded in Lake Forest by Michaël Fischer (pronounced Mikel) to better handle companies' and institutions' day-to-day legal needs. 

 

Michaël was born and raised in France, graduated summa cum laude from undergraduate school, and earned his law degree from the University of Southern California.

 

Before founding CrossCourt Law, Michaël worked at several leading legal institutions including the global law firm of K&L Gates LLP. Michaël has been admitted to practice before all California state trial courts as well as the Federal Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California, and also before U.S. Bankruptcy Courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

 

Since 2004, Michaël has been teaching courses at the University of California, Irvine, focusing on Contracts and Employment Law. In 2012, he was awarded the University's Distinguished Instructor Award. He is on the University's advisory board for the Paralegal Program. His teaching website is located at

  

Michaël volunteers as both a high school Mock Trial head coach and a youth soccer coach. His charitable efforts have been recognized with commendations by the State of California as well as the City of Los Angeles. 

 

Michaël has lived in Orange County since 2003. He has a wife, two sons, three cats and one obnoxious golden retriever. When he isn't practicing law, he can usually be found on a local tennis court.

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Location

CrossCourt Law
22621 Jeronimo Rd
Lake Forest, CA, 92630

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Reviews

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Posted by Robert & Launa | September 15, 2009
Michael Fischer
Our experience with Michael Fischer was and still is very positive. He is very professional and articulate and guided us through a very difficult and complex case. His own strategies as well as his willingness to be open to ideas from his clients is very refreshing. We have nothing but good things to say about Michael and highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal services.
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2009
Michael R. Fischer Review
As a large, private educational institution, we rely heavily on Michael's expertise in a variety of legal matters. Michael addresses legal issues that arise in the area of business, employment, and educational law on an almost daily basis for our school. He does so with the utmost care and expertise and keeps us well advised and informed through all stages of his work. His pro-active approach assists our school in preventing litigation as much as possible. Michael is an invaluable asset to our school and we highly and most confidently recommend him. We look forward to our continued relationship with Michael, and his firm McKasson & Klein.
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2009
great results
I engaged Michael and his firm to represent my recreational boating rental company in some tough litigation. He handled the case aggressively and efficiently. Michael was professional at all times and always kept me updated. I am thankful for his guidance and results.
Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2009
Mr. Fischer
Mr. Fischer did a great job for me, I'd use him again.
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Heed my warning
He acted like taking my case was a gift. Michael was hard to get in contact with and overall he had me go through EEOC and other avenues. Even though I got a promotion, I would not recommend him as he is soft, ineffective and a weasel.
Response from Michael Fischer February 7, 2023
Hi, I saw this review this morning. If this is a real review, and not one posted by opposing counsel in a litigation I am currently handling, please contact me immediately on my cell phone number which I provide all of my clients. I only represent businesses, so am confused who this anonymous post is from.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 450-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • CrossCourt Law PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Professor
  • University of California, Irvine, Extension
  • 2004 - Present
  • Partner
  • McKasson & Klein LLP
  • 2008 - 2017
  • Associate
  • McKasson & Klein LLP
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Hancock, Rothert & Bunshoft
  • 1999 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Kirkpatrick & Lockhart
  • 1997 - 1999
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Education

  • University of Southern California Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • California State University, Northridge
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • All In One v. Chaparala
  • $8.7 million jury verdict for client.
  • Lopez v. ABC Educational Center
  • Settled for nuisance value before arbitration.
  • Ruis v. Nexcycle
  • Settled for very low figure well before trial.
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Associations

  • Education Law Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • UC Irvine Paralegal Program
  • Advisory Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation
  • Head Coach -- Mock Trial
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • National Homeschool Mock Trial Association
  • Presiding Judge in National Tournament
  • 2014 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Education Attorney of the Year--California
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2016
  • Education Attorney of the Year--California
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2015
  • Education Attorney of the Year--California
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2014
  • Distinguished Instructor Award
  • University of California Irvine
  • 2012
  • Commendation
  • California State Senate
  • 1996
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • California State University, Northridge
  • 1993
  • Commendation
  • Los Angeles County
  • 1989
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Publications

  • Crosscourt Newsletter
  • Is an Arbitration Clause Right for Your Business
  • 2018
  • CrossCourt Newsletter
  • Keeping Small Businesses in Business--the Basics
  • 2017
  • Education Law Alert
  • Student Privacy Rights
  • 2016
  • Education Law Alert
  • Traps in Zero Tolerance Drug Policies
  • 2016
  • Education Law Alert
  • Aeries/Naviance and the Law
  • 2015
  • Education Law Alert
  • Social Media Policy Dangers for Private Schools
  • 2015
  • Employment Law Alert
  • California Sick Leave Changes
  • 2014
  • International Bar Association
  • Obtaining Evidence in the U.S. for Foreign Proceedings
  • 2013
  • Employment Law Alert
  • Unintended Impact of the New Wage Theft Prevention Act?
  • 2012
  • Employment Law Alert
  • Pregnancy Discrimination for Unwed Artificial Insemination: Dias v. Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • 2012
  • Employment Law Alert
  • Do You Have a Right to Your Employees’ Social Media Login Information?
  • 2012
  • Education Law Alert
  • An Affirmation of Faith: the Supreme Court Upholds and Expands the Ministerial Exception
  • 2012
  • Employment Law Alert
  • Dollar-for-Dollar Tax Credits Alive and Well, For Now
  • 2011
  • Employment Law Alert
  • Employers' Rights to Access Employees' Electronic Communications: the Quon Decision
  • 2010
  • Education Law Alert
  • The Ministerial Exemption's Application to Teachers at Faith-Based Schools: the Hosanna-Tabor Decision
  • 2010
  • Employment Law Alert
  • Beware the Administrative Exemption Trap
  • 2010
  • University of California, Irvine Extension
  • Fundamentals of Legal Writing
  • 2006
  • Libel Defense Resouce Center (LDRC) publication
  • Business Libel and Slander: 1999
  • 1999
  • Produkt und Umwelthaftpflicht International
  • A New Strategy for the Environmental Justice Movement
  • 1998
  • Libel Defense Resouce Center (LDRC) publication
  • Business Libel and Slander: 1998
  • 1998
  • USC Law Interdisciplinary Law Journal
  • The Human Rights Implications of a Cultural Defense
  • 1998
  • Libel Defense Resouce Center (LDRC) publication
  • Business Libel and Slander: 1997
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Orange County Paralegal Association
  • Ethical Considerations in Contract Law
  • 2018
  • Mater Dei High School
  • Strategies and Legalities for Conducting Disciplinary Reviews
  • 2018
  • Mater Dei High School
  • Strategies and Legalities for Conducting Disciplinary Reviews
  • 2017
  • High School Staff and Faculty Speaking Series
  • New Teacher Orientation to Legal Topics
  • 2014
  • Mater Dei High School Ring of Honor
  • Induction Speech for Hon. Helios J. Hernandez
  • 2013
  • High School Staff and Faculty Speaking Series
  • Privacy & Discipline in Private Schools
  • 2013
  • Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats
  • Strategies and Procedures for Removing International Litigation from U.S. Courts
  • 2011
  • High School Staff and Faculty Speaking Series
  • The New Professionalism in the School Setting
  • 2010
  • Orange County Paralegal Association
  • Legal Writing
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
Endorse Michael
Litigation Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael Fischer is a dedicated attorney who works tirelessly for his clients to achieve a good result. He is knowledgeable in the area of law and puts that knowledge to effective use. Unlike other litigators who have a tendency to over litigate, Mr. Fischer uses discovery to highlight the strengths of his case and the weakness of his opponents. This often leads to settlements and, of course, cost savings for his clients. My first encounter with Mr. Fischer was on opposite sides of a case, and I must say that it was a pleasure working with him. He possesses that rare combination of skill and personal integrity that is sorely needed in today's judicial system. I have no reservations in recommending him to prospective clients, as I know that their matter will be carefully and respectfully handled."
Education Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael represents private schools for all of their employment issues, as well as their corporate and contract matters. He is a fierce advocate for his clients and cares about their success, and they love him."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Michael was counsel for a co-party in an international trade secret dispute in federal district court. Michael was outstanding in representing his client. That was evident in his court filings and when he argued in court. He achieve a fabulous result, disposing of the case for his client."
Mergers and acquisitions
Admiralty and maritime