Attorney Profile:

Douglas H. Fischer

Douglas H. Fischer: Attorney with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP


Doug Fischer represents corporate and individual clients in an array of settings spanning white collar criminal, regulatory and complex commercial matters. He regularly represents clients before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice and other government agencies in connection with alleged violations of securities laws and regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the New York Martin Act and other laws. Additionally, he advises investors and other entities on compliance obligations related to the cannabis industry.

Doug negotiated, in an insider trading matter, the first ever non-prosecution agreement between the SEC and an individual.

Additionally, Doug represents clients in a variety of complex commercial litigation settings. He has represented lenders and special loan servicers in foreclosure and receivership proceedings concerning real property and mortgage-backed securities. He also has extensive experience in environmental bankruptcy litigation, including litigating and negotiating the settlement of hundreds of environmental claims with an aggregate value of over $1 billion. Additionally, he has counseled a variety of clients, including the U.S. Department of the Treasury and several financial services companies and energy firms, concerning compliance with environmental laws. Doug was named a Rising Star in Washington, DC, by Super Lawyers Magazine (2015).

Doug received his J.D., magna cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law, where he served as an Articles Editor for the American University Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University. Doug is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


Other illustrative examples of Doug's representations in the white collar area include:

•Conducting internal investigations for Fortune 500 companies accused of international bribery and other securities laws violations across several continents
•Counseling individuals who are targets or witnesses in investigations by a variety of U.S. and State regulators concerning securities fraud, commodities fraud, reference rate manipulation, anti-competitive behavior, and other potentially illegal conduct
•Negotiating regulatory settlements for options traders accused of violating regulations related to short sales of securities
•Performing anti-corruption compliance audits and drafting anti-corruption policies and trainings for multi-national companies

News & Resources


News Releases

Cadwalader Honored with Two American Lawyer 2016 Global Legal Awards

Jul 25, 2016


Cadwalader Attorneys Recognized by 2015 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine

Apr 29, 2015


Clients & Friends Memos

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign: Changes in Store for SEC Enforcement under the Trump Administration

Mar 06, 2017


Even Legal Marijuana Businesses Pose Serious Money Laundering Risks for Banks and Investors

Oct 01, 2016


FCPA Advisor

Canadian Court Hands Down First Prison Sentence Under Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act

Jun 03, 2014

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Anti-Money Laundering & Asset Forfeiture
  • Business Fraud & White Collar Defense
  • Commercial Bribery & FCPA
  • FCPA and International Anti-Bribery
  • False Claims Act
  • Financial Regulation
  • Government & Internal Investigations and Defense
  • Litigation
  • OFAC and Export Control
  • Pharmaceutical Regulation and Compliance
  • Securities Enforcement & Investigations

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202 862 2276  Phone
202 862 2400  Fax
University Attended:
George Washington University, B.A., 2005
Law School Attended:
American University Washington College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008
Year of First admission:
2009, New York and District of Columbia; U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

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