Jen has experience working with clients to successfully resolve both criminal and civil matters, including those involving software implementation, RICO, trade secrets, antitrust offenses, tax liability, environmental violations, health care regulations, government contracts and false claims, homeland security and customs enforcement, and food and drug regulations. Jen is recognized as one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers in the area of white-collar criminal defense.
Jen’s background in handling complex matters for companies in highly-regulated markets led to the development of her cannabis practice . Jen regularly works with cannabis companies and ancillary businesses in California to provide compliance advice and solve business problems. She leads the firm’s multidisciplinary cannabis practice, which is comprised of lawyers across the country who are familiar with the industry and have expertise in a wide array of issues attendant to legal cannabis and hemp business activities, including licensing for cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and retail; litigation; banking and finance; raising and deploying capital; protecting intellectual property; real estate development and leasing; public company representation and SEC filings; land use and zoning; healthcare and research; and taxation.
Jen has been recognized for outstanding pro bono service by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program. Her pro bono practice includes representation of indigent defendants in litigation, advocating for federal prisoners petitioning for clemency, and serving as co-counsel for the Innocence Project as amicus curiae in cases challenging wrongful convictions.
Before becoming a lawyer, Jen 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 was the Deputy Finance Director for Congressman Schiff's first campaign for Congress in 2000. While in Washington, D.C., Jen also worked in the office of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.
Ms. Fisher is a graduate of Boston College Law School and a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College. During law school, Ms. Fisher studied at King's College London and worked for a British law reform and human rights organization.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2015-present
- Associate, 2006-2014
•Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft LLP
- Associate, 2005
Honors and Awards
•Cannabis Attorney of the Year, Bonaventure Equity, 2019
•Listed in Super Lawyers Northern California, 2018
•Listed in Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Stars, 2013-2016
Jennifer Briggs Fisher is a team lead of the Duane Morris Cannabis Industry Group and focuses her practice on representing businesses and corporate executives in highly-regulated industries, including cannabis, hemp and CBD. Jen regularly works with cannabis, hemp companies and ancillary businesses across the country to provide compliance advice and solve business problems. She advises cannabis clients on due diligence and litigation matters and is currently representing a number of vertically-integrated licensed cannabis companies with operations in multiple states. Her primary focus is on the cannabis industry in California and she is well-versed in the complex state and local regulatory landscape in the state.
Jen provides federal and state regulatory advice to companies involved in or pursuing opportunities in the hemp industry, including companies manufacturing and selling hemp-derived CBD products. She also advises on risk assessment issues for large, multinational businesses seeking to enter the cannabis industry.
Jen is one of the leaders of the firm’s multidisciplinary cannabis practice, which is comprised of lawyers across the country who are familiar with the industry and have expertise in a wide array of issues attendant to legal cannabis and hemp business activities, including licensing for cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and retail; litigation; banking and finance; raising and deploying capital; protecting intellectual property; real estate development and leasing; public company representation and SEC filings; land use, construction, and zoning; employment advice and counseling; healthcare and research; and taxation.
A frequent presenter, Jen has spoken on industry panels, led continuing legal education courses on cannabis regulations, and has been interviewed by numerous publications about legal developments in this rapidly expanding market. Jen is a regular contributor on the Duane Morris Cannabis Industry Blog .
Publications and Speaking Engagements
•Contributor, Duane Morris Cannabis Industry Blog
•Quoted, Attorneys: CBD Concentration, Supply Chains Will Be Questioned by FDA During April Public Comments, Corporate Counsel, March 22, 2019
•Quoted, Duane Morris Cannabis Group Adds Team Leads In NY, SF, Law 360, January 18, 2019
•Featured, Meet the Duane Morris Lawyers Who Are Working on Some of the Biggest Deals in the Booming Marijuana Industry, Business Insider, January 9, 2019
•Co-author, California Releases Emergency Cannabis Regulations, Cannabis Industry Blog, November 18, 2017
•Co-author, Dodd-Frank Act Update: SEC Proposes Rules Applicable to Investment Advisers, Duane Morris Alert, December 6, 2010
•Co-author, U.S. Financial Reform: Registration of Advisors to Private Investment Funds and Pools, and of Small Advisory Firms, Duane Morris Alert, August 24, 2010
•Co-author, E-Discovery's Foreign Intrigue, San Francisco Daily Journal, March 24, 2009
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Panelist. Cannabis Compliance, Regulation and Taxation, Cannabis Dealmakers Summit, San Diego, April 18, 2019
•Speaker, Legal and Financial Regulations on the Cannabis Industry, Lawline Webinar, April 5, 2019
•Speaker, #MeToo in the Legal Profession: Harassment, Power Dynamics and Solutions, Duane Morris Women’s Impact Network for Success, San Francisco, CA, February 20, 2019
•Moderator, “Cannabis 107: The U.S. and Canadian Cannabis Markets: 2018 Mid-Year Review,” Duane Morris Cannabis Webinar Series, July 24, 2018
•Speaker, How to Get Your Cannabis Business Permit in San Francisco, Bay Area Women Grow Signature Networking Event, Duane Morris LLP, San Francisco, March 8, 2018
•Presenter, Cannabis 101: Update on the Federal Enforcement & State Regulatory Environment, Duane Morris Cannabis Webinar Series, January 29, 2018 ( video replay )
•Speaker, Proper Litigation Hold Process, ESI Roundtable Half-Day Workshop, Duane Morris, San Francisco, October 27, 2016
•Panelist, Associate Business Development, Duane Morris Annual Retreat, Boca Raton, Florida, October 2014
•Panelist, White Collar Criminal Law Practice, Duane Morris Annual Retreat, Boca Raton, Florida, October 2012
•Speaker, Internal Investigations: A Step-by-Step Approach, Duane Morris, San Francisco, July 18, 2012
•American Bar Association
•Women's White Collar Defense Association - Programming Committee Member
•State Bar of California
•Bar Association of San Francisco - Cannabis Law Committee