Nora Barry Fischer

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Nora Barry Fischer
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
April 2, 2007
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Robert J. Cindrich
Personal details
Born Nora Barry
(1951-06-15) June 15, 1951 (age 65)
Homestead, Pennsylvania
Education Saint Mary's College B.A.
Notre Dame Law School J.D.

Nora Barry Fischer (born June 15, 1951)[1] is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Early life and education[edit]

Fischer was born Nora Barry in Homestead, Pennsylvania, to Michael T. Barry and Olga Stipetich Barry, both first generation United States citizens. She is one of eight siblings, all of whom graduated from college.[2] Fischer attended Saint Mary's College, where she studied history and humanistic studies. As part of her undergraduate education she attended L’Universite Catholique (see Catholic University of the West) located in Angers, France for one academic year. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 and later from Notre Dame Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1976.[1]

Legal career[edit]

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.[1]

Federal judicial career[edit]

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 J. 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.

Notable cases[edit]

In October 2010, Fischer sentenced a man from New Castle, Pennsylvania, to 30 years in prison for transporting and receiving child pornography.[3]

In 2012 and 2013, she upheld a verdict and damages award of $1.17 billion in a patent infringement suit against Marvell Technology Group.[4][5]


Fischer is married to Dr. Donald R. Fischer. They are the parents of three grown children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biography of Honorable Nora Barry Fischer" (PDF). U.S. District Court Western District Pennsylvania. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ MICHAEL T. "RED" BARRY Obituary Pittsburgh Post Gazette, February 2012
  3. ^ "Federal judge gives 30-year prison sentence for child porn". TMCnews. Technology Marketing Corporation. October 4, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ Bernard Vaughan (August 23, 2013). "Judge upholds $1.17 billion patent verdict against Marvell". Reuters. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ Jonathan Stempel (December 26, 2012). "Chipmaker Marvell loses $1.17 billion patent verdict". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 


Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert J. Cindrich
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania