Jennifer Fisher is a partner in Goodwin’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, and a co-chair of the firm’s Cannabis practice. She focuses her practice on litigation, including commercial litigation and white collar defense, and on cannabis law. Ms. Fisher has represented corporations and individuals involved in a broad range of complex and high stakes litigation, legislative and administrative proceedings.

Ms. Fisher provides advice on regulatory and compliance issues and counsels companies involved in government investigations and civil litigation. Her experience includes the defense of corporations and individuals in both criminal and civil matters, including those involving public corruption, health care fraud, antitrust offenses, RICO, false claims, government contract disputes, homeland security and customs enforcement, and financial services.

Ms. Fisher’s background in handling complex matters for companies in highly-regulated markets led to the development of her cannabis practice. She represents cannabis companies at every level of the supply chain, including startups and multi-state operators. Ms. Fisher also regularly advises investors in the cannabis space and ancillary businesses providing products and services to the cannabis industry. She works closely with her cannabis industry clients to solve business problems and provide advice on regulatory and compliance issues. Ms. Fisher represents cannabis industry clients in active litigation and arbitration, as well as government investigations and enforcement actions.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2020, Ms. Fisher was a partner at Duane Morris, where she led the firm’s Cannabis Industry Group.





Ms. Fisher’s representative experience includes:


  • Represents Surterra Wellness dba Parallel in a commercial contract litigation with a payment processing vendor in California state court.
  • Represents Kiva Brands in intellectual property litigation involving claims of trademark infringement.
  • Represents vertically-integrated, multi-state operator in arbitration arising out of broken M&A transaction.
  • Counsel to hemp-derived CBD company in investigation by the Federal Trade Commission related to marketing and advertising of CBD products.
  • Counsel to investor in cannabis company in investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Counsel to manufacturing and distribution cannabis company operating in California on regulatory, licensing and commercial matters.
  • Counsel to California cultivation company on regulatory and corporate matters.
  • Counsel to advertising agency for cannabis brands and businesses.
  • Regulatory counsel for a venture capital firm in connection with investments in the cannabis industry.
  • Regulatory counsel for a private equity firm focused on investing in the cannabis industry.
  • Regulatory counsel for a startup hemp-derived CBD company.
  • Conducted an internal investigation into the operations and compliance procedures of a California cannabis company on behalf of its investors.*
  • Represented one of the fastest growing cannabis companies in the United States in a $100 million exclusive global license agreement with a leader in engineering and industrialization of biology.*
  • Advised a multinational technology company regarding risks and opportunities associated with selling software and software consulting services to cannabis businesses in the United States and Canada.*
  • Served as regulatory counsel for a venture capital firm in its first investment in the cannabis industry, a $35 million Series B funding round for online cannabis inventory and ordering platform.*
  • Served as regulatory counsel for one of the world's largest cannabis companies based in Canada with its expansion into the U.S. market through a $300 million acquisition of the manufacturer and distributor of a high-end range of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products.*
  • Represented a Canadian private equity firm in connection with an investment in a vertically-integrated cannabis company in California, including providing advice and due diligence on legal, regulatory, corporate, real estate, and insurance matters.*
  • Advised multiple multinational insurance companies regarding risks and opportunities associated with offering insurance to cannabis businesses in jurisdictions in North America.*

White Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations

  • Represented a foreign information technology and electronics company in a U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division investigation and parallel multi-district civil litigation regarding alleged price-fixing in liquid crystal display market.*
  • Represented CFO in a DOJ criminal tax investigation.*
  • Defended a financial services company in an investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.*
  • Represented an international trade and consumer sales company and its CEO in a U.S. Department of Justice investigation involving the trafficking of counterfeit goods.*
  • Represented an officer of a major Chinese corporation in a U.S. Department of Justice investigation regarding violations of the Economic Espionage Act.*
  • Represented foreign executives of a U.S. corporation in a U.S. Department of Justice investigation regarding overseas payments implicating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.*

Complex Civil Litigation

  • Defended the Board of Regents of the University of California in a four-week jury trial involving claims of discrimination and equal pay violations.*
  • Represented a global software company in a lawsuit by the California Office of the State Controller concerning the failed implementation of software.*
  • Defended a nursing and rehabilitation center in a qui tam action brought under the civil False Claims Act.*
  • Represented a technology company in false claims litigation involving alleged government contracting abuses.*
*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.
Professional Activities
Ms. Fisher is a member of the American Bar Association, Bar Association of San Francisco, and Women’s White Collar Defense Association. She also co-founded Women Leaders in Cannabis, a networking organization for women entrepreneurs, investors and executives in the cannabis industry. Ms. Fisher is a regular speaker at cannabis industry events and has presented on a wide range of topics relevant to the industry, including government investigations and enforcement actions, financial services, licensing and compliance, and crisis communications.
Professional Experience
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Fisher was involved in politics and legislative policy-making at the federal level. She worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Adam Schiff as a Legislative Assistant and served as the Deputy Finance Director for Congressman Schiff’s first campaign for Congress in 2000. While in Washington, D.C., Ms. Fisher also worked in the office of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.


Ms. Fisher has been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of their Top Women Lawyers in California for 2022

Ms. Fisher has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for her work in Criminal Defense: White-Collar 2022. 

Ms. Fisher was recently named to The American Lawyer’s Trailblazers West, Cannabis Law Report’s Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers, and was recognized by Best Lawyers for her work in Criminal Defense: White-Collar 2021. She was also recognized as a 2021 Leading Lawyer for Cannabis by The Legal 500 as well as a recommended lawyer in 2021 for White Collar and Criminal Defense.

Ms. Fisher was selected as the Cannabis Lawyer of the Year by the Cannabis Dealmakers Summit in March 2019 in recognition of the quality of legal service she has provided to cannabis clients and the leadership role she has taken in the industry. She has also been recognized as one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers in the area of white collar criminal defense.

Due to her longstanding commitment to community service, Ms. Fisher received an award for outstanding pro bono service from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program.

In 2022, Ms. Fisher was recognized by Chambers USA for Cannabis Law: Western United States. Chambers USA states that clients praise Ms. Fisher as “extremely knowledgeable about this complex area.

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J.D., 2005
Boston College Law School
B.A., 1999
Boston College





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