2016 Awardee Scot Fishman

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Under Scot Fishman’s leadership, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to economic justice and the financial security of low-income communities and communities of color. In 2015, the firm took on nearly 30 LSE matters, many of which were complex legal challenges. For example, Manatt attorneys assessed legal claims for immigrant café owners against a credit card processing company that took advantage of them. The attorneys advised clients regarding the terms of the agreement and negotiated with the company to prevent overcharging. Mr. Fishman has personally assembled teams of attorneys from different practice groups and offices across the country to provide comprehensive counsel. For a formerly incarcerated client who sought to start a business making healthy granola bars and hiring others with criminal records, Manatt staffed the matter with five attorneys to advise on employment, corporate and intellectual property issues. .

Scot Fishman is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where he serves as Director of Pro bono. Under Mr. Fishman’s direction, Manatt’s attorneys have taken on a full range of direct legal services cases, large impact litigation, and advocacy projects for a wide range of nonprofit organizations and small businesses. During his first year, Manatt’s pro bono contribution increased by more than 30%. Mr. Fishman also serves on The State Bar of California’s Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform (Phase II).