Nora Barry Fischer
|Nora Barry Fischer|
|Judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania|
April 2, 2007
|Nominated by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Robert J. Cindrich|
June 15, 1951 |
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Donald R. Fischer|
Nora Barry Fischer (born June 15, 1951) is a District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She joined the court in 2007 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.
Early life and education
Following law school graduation, she worked as a legal editor at Callaghan & Company, in part working on revisions to McQuillin on Municipal Corporations and to Fletchers Cyclopedia on Corporations. Fischer returned to Pittsburgh in 1977 where she became the first female associate at Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck, an insurance defense litigation firm. In 1980, Fischer was named the first female junior partner at Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck and in 1982, its first female senior partner.
In 1992, she joined the firm of Pietragallo Bosick & Gordon as an equity partner. She served the firm as administrative partner and as a practice group leader. Her practice at both Meyer Darragh and PB&G was litigation based, as she handled product liability, toxic tort, insurance coverage and bad faith as well as municipal liability and civil rights litigation.
Federal judicial career
On the recommendation of Senator Arlen Specter, Fischer was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania by President George W. Bush on January 9, 2007 to a seat vacated Robert Cindrich as Cindrich resigned from Federal Judicial Service. Fischer was confirmed by the Senate on February 14, 2007 on an unopposed 96-0 Senate vote and received her commission on April 2, 2007.
Judge Fischer is married to Dr. Donald R. Fischer. They are the parents of three grown children.
In October 2010, Fischer sentenced a man from New Castle, Pennsylvania to 30 years in prison for transporting and receiving child pornography. In 2012 and 2013, she upheld a verdict and damages award of $1.17 billion in a patent infringement suit against Marvell Technology Group.
- Nora Barry Fischer at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- "Biography of Honorable Nora Barry Fischer". U.S. District Court Western District Pennsylvania. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
- "Federal judge gives 30-year prison sentence for child porn". TMCnews. Technology Marketing Corporation. October 4, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
- Bernard Vaughan (August 23, 2013). "Judge upholds $1.17 billion patent verdict against Marvell". Reuters. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
- Jonathan Stempel (December 26, 2012). "Chipmaker Marvell loses $1.17 billion patent verdict". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 24, 2013.