George W. Bush
Dr. Donald R. Fischer
Robert J. Cindrich
June 15, 1951 (age 72) Homestead, Pennsylvania (
Saint Mary's College Notre Dame Law School
Notre Dame Law School, Saint Mary's College
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Nora Barry Fischer (born June 15, 1951) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
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- Early life and education
- Legal career
- Federal judicial career
- Notable cases
Early life and education
Fischer was born Nora Barry in Homestead, Pennsylvania, to Michael T. Barry and Olga Stipetich Barry, both first generation United States citizens. She is one of eight siblings, all of whom graduated from college. Fischer attended Saint Mary's College, where she studied history and humanistic studies. As part of her undergraduate education she attended L’Universite Catholique (see Catholic University of the West) located in Angers, France for one academic year. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 and later from Notre Dame Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1976.
Following law school graduation, she worked as a legal editor at Callaghan & Company, in part working on revisions to McQuillin on Municipal Corporations and to Fletchers Cyclopedia on Corporations. Fischer returned to Pittsburgh in 1977 where she became the first female associate at Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck, an insurance defense litigation firm. In 1980, Fischer was named the first female junior partner at Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck and in 1982, its first female senior partner.
In 1992, she joined the firm of Pietragallo Bosick & Gordon as an equity partner. She served the firm as administrative partner and as a practice group leader. Her practice at both Meyer Darragh and PB&G was litigation based, as she handled product liability, toxic tort, insurance coverage and bad faith as well as municipal liability and civil rights litigation.
Federal judicial career
On the recommendation of Senator Arlen Specter, Fischer was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania by President George W. Bush on January 9, 2007 to a seat vacated Robert J. Cindrich as Cindrich resigned from Federal Judicial Service. Fischer was confirmed by the Senate on February 14, 2007 on an unopposed 96-0 Senate vote and received her commission on April 2, 2007.
In October 2010, Fischer sentenced a man from New Castle, Pennsylvania, to 30 years in prison for transporting and receiving child pornography.
In 2012 and 2013, she upheld a verdict and damages award of $1.17 billion in a patent infringement suit against Marvell Technology Group.
Fischer is married to Dr. Donald R. Fischer. They are the parents of three grown children.