William O. Fisher
Professor of Law
Courses Taught Business Associations Securities Regulation Corporate Governance Mergers & Acquisitions Business Planning Insider Trading
Profile

Professor William Fisher teaches and writes in the areas of securities regulation and corporate law. He has authored numerous articles on securities law topics, and his scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Emory Law Journal, BYU Law ReviewPepperdine Law Review, and Business Lawyer, among other venues. Since 2002, Professor Fisher has also authored the Caselaw Developments section of the American Bar Association’s Annual Review of Federal Securities Regulation. Prior to joining the Richmond Law faculty, Professor Fisher taught at Tulane Law School and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He is also a former partner at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, where he specialized in federal securities litigation and lawsuits involving corporate fiduciary duties, and where his writing earned him a Burton Award for Legal Achievement.

Bar Admissions
California
District of Columbia
Professional Experience
Professor of Law (2014-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Associate Professor of Law (2011-2014)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Assistant Professor of Law (2008-2011)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Visiting Associate Professor of Law (2007)
Tulane Law School, New Orleans, La.
Lecturer (2004-2007)
University of California - Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall), Berkeley, Ca.
Partner (1987-2002)
Pillsbury Winthrop LLP (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP), San Francisco, Ca.
Associate (1983-1987)
Pillsbury Winthrop LLP (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP), San Francisco, Ca.
Attorney Advisor (1982-1983)
U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Policy and Management Analysis, Washington, D.C.
Associate (1976-1982)
Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP, San Francisco, Ca.
Publications
Articles

Predicting a Heart Attack: The Fundamental Opacity of Extreme Liquidity Risk, __ Temple L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014). [SSRN]

Annual Review of Federal Securities Law Regulation: Caselaw Developments 2012, 68 Bus. Law. 839 (2013). [W]

When the Government Attempts to Change the Board, Investors Should Know, 40 Pepp. L. Rev. 533 (2013). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Annual Review of Federal Securities Regulation: Caselaw Developments 2011, 67 Bus. Law. 803 (2012). [Journal] [W]

Annual Review of Federal Securities Regulation: Caselaw Developments 2010, 66 Bus. Law. 659 (2011). [Journal] [W] [HEIN]

Annual Review of Federal Securities Regulation: Caselaw Developments 2009, 65 Bus. Law. 887, 923-1021 (2010). [Journal] [W] [HEIN]

Lawyers Keep Out: Why Attorneys Should Not Participate in Negotiating Critical Financial Numbers Reported by Public Company Clients, 2010 B.Y.U.L. Rev. 1501. [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Does the Efficient Market Theory Help Us Do Justice in a Time of Madness?, 54 Emory L.J. 843 (2005). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Where Were the Counselors? Reflections on Advice Not Given and the Role of Attorneys in the Accounting Crisis, 39 Gonz. L. Rev. 29 (2004). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Don't Call Me a Securities Law Groupie: The Rise and Possible Demise of the Group Pleading Protocol in 10b-5 Cases, 56 Bus. Law. 991 (2001) (Winner of a 2002 Burton Award). [W] [HEIN]

Chapters

Obligations and Potential Liabilities of Attorneys in Public and Private Offerings, in Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation (3d ed. 2014 supp.).

Obligations of Attorneys in Public and Private Offerings, Chapter 36, in Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiations (Michael J. Halloran et al. eds., 3d ed. rev. 2010).


Education
M.P.P., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 1976
J.D., Yale Law School 1976
A.B., Harvard College 1972
Contact Information
(804) 287-6450
(804) 289-8683 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Securities Regulation
Corporate Law and Governance
Small Business Organization and Finance Documentation