A significant part of Mr. Fischer’s practice focuses on drafting, and litigating claims regarding, contracts. That practice includes litigating claims on behalf of employers against former employees (and often their new employers) for breach of non-competition agreements, and also for related claims such as theft of trade secrets, breach of the duty of loyalty, and unfair competition. Mr. Fischer also advises departing employees (and their new employers) regarding contractual and other legal rights and obligations, and defends challenges to their new employment. He has litigated non-compete and trade secrets claims in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, D.C.
In employment matters, Rob has defended employers against a wide-variety of discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, and other workplace law claims, having litigated such matters in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals, around the country.
Mr. Fischer has written on a variety of employment law topics, has taught labor and employment law to graduate business students, and is a United States District Court Special Master for labor and employment law cases.
Mr. Fischer has practiced with Jackson Lewis since 1993. In 2011, he returned to Texas with the opening of the firm's Austin office. He served with the U.S. Army Security Agency from 1975-1978. Mr. Fischer is active in the Austin community, including serving as General Counsel, Board Executive Committee member and Trustee of the ZACH Theatre.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•ZACH Theatre, General Counsel, Board Executive Committee Member and Trustee
Honors and Recognitions
•Best Lawyers, Austin Management-Side Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2017
•Best Lawyers, Austin Labor and Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2013
In the News
August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019
WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal...
August 15, 2017
Best Lawyers in America Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition
WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are...
August 15, 2016
Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2017
WHITE PLAINS, NY August, 15, 2016 - Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that more than 145 attorneys throughout the firm’s 57 locations have been named to the Best Lawyers in America 2017. In addition, 13 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the...
Disability, Leave & Health Management
Austin Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law Preempted by Texas Minimum Wage Act, Third Court of Appeals Holds
November 26, 2018
On November 16, 2018, the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals declared Austin’s paid sick and safe leave ordinance unconstitutional. Specifically, the court held the ordinance is preempted by the Texas Minimum Wage Act and is, therefore, unconstitutional. The Austin ordinance has been under attack since its inception.
By Kristin L. Bauer and A. Robert Fischer
Disability, Leave & Health Management
Austin, Texas Passes Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law
February 16, 2018
Austin, Texas Passes Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law Early this morning the Austin City Council passed a long-discussed ordinance requiring employers to provide employees with paid sick and safe leave (“PSL”). Austin is the first city in the South ever to enact such a law.
By Kristin L. Bauer, Megan G. Holstein and A. Robert Fischer
Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report
A Protocol On Life Support - Financial Industry Assesses The Aftermath Of Major Defections From Broker Recruitment Pact
January 22, 2018
In the fourth quarter of 2017, two major financial firms dropped out of an industry-wide Protocol for Broker Recruiting (the “Protocol”), an agreement designed to reduce litigation surrounding the movement of stockbrokers between competing firms.
By Clifford R. Atlas, A. Robert Fischer, Lee A. Lastovich, David K. Montgomery, Marc S. Wenger and Colin A. Thakka
Professional Associations and Activities
•Austin Bar Association
•Texas State Bar
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