Dennis L. Fisher

Of Counsel

111 East Kilbourn Avenue, 19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rated

Dennis L. Fisher is Of Counsel to Meissner Tierney.  During the height of his career, he helped to shape the firm into what it is today and served as a mentor to a number of the firm’s successful young attorneys.  In addition to his predominant role in directing the firm, he concentrated his practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on general business litigation, including contract, property damage, environmental remediation, securities law, business torts, civil rights, municipal law and insurance coverage.

Dennis conducted trials in circuit courts throughout Wisconsin, U.S. District Courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, Administrative Hearings (such as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources), and arbitration hearings under the American Arbitration Association Rules and other arbitration systems.  Dennis also represented clients in federal and state circuit courts in other states, as well as the Wisconsin and Federal appellate court systems.


  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2006 – 2015)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2014 – 2018)

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Environmental Law Section: Past Chairman, Director and Program Chairman
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Supreme Court of Iowa
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin 

Speeches & Publications

  • Representative samples of more than 30 speeches presented to Attorneys and Business Executives:
  • Speaker, The Buck Doesn’t Stop Here!  Growth of Liability for Environmental Cleanup Costs, Corporate Practice Institute (December, 1990)
  • Speaker, Common Law Rights and Remedies for Environmental Contamination, State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Environmental Law (May, 1991)
  • Speaker, Corporate and Personal Liability for Releases of Hazardous Substances in Wisconsin, 4th Annual State Bar of Wisconsin Review of Environmental Law (May, 1992)
  • Speaker, Preliminary Injunctions in State Court, State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Program (February, 1999)
  • Speaker, For Whom the Bell Tolls: Legal Issues Arising From Environmentally Distressed Property, National Business Institute “Hazardous Waste in Wisconsin” on (June, 1991)
  • Speaker, Contaminated Property Litigation: How to Deal With It And How To Avoid It, University of Wisconsin Law School Continuining Legal Education (December, 1996)

University of Wisconsin, J.D., 1974, cum laude
University of Wisconsin, M.S., Zoology, 1969
University of Wisconsin, B.S., Zoology, 1967, cum laude

  • Milwaukee Audubon Society,President (1982-1985), Board of Directors (1977-1984)
  • Friends of Schlitz Audobon Nature Center (FOSANC), Chairman (1985)
  • Fund Drive, President (1991-1992), Director (1986-1990)
  • Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatus, Ltd.,Vice President and Director (1992-2012)
  • Wisconsin 4H Foundation, Inc.,Director (1996-2000)
  • Whitefish Bay Library Fund, Inc.,President and Director (2004-2005)
  • Citizens Environmental Assessment Committee for Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Member (1978)
  • Wisconsin Electric Power Company, Environmental subcommittee of Citizens Advisory Council,Member (1985-1986)

Articles & Videos

Eight Meissner Tierney Shareholders Voted to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America© List

Meissner Tierney is extremely honored to announce that eight of our senior shareholders were once again selected by their peers...
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Attorneys Brian Tokarz and Matthew Fisher to Present to the National Business Institute on Construction Defect Insurance Coverage Issues

Join attorneys Brian Tokarz and Matthew Fisher for the National Business Institute’s video webcast on Monday, December 19, 2016 at...
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Eight Meissner Tierney Attorneys Named to the 2017 Best Lawyers in America© List

We are excited to announce that eight of our 10 shareholders, and all of our senior shareholders, have been selected...
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