Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert

909 Poydras Street
Suite 2800
New Orleans, LA 70112
504-299-2309(direct fax)
504-299-2100 (firm) 
504-299-2300 (firm fax) 


Ms. Fischman is a member in the Firm's Litigation Section defending school districts and other governmental bodies and agencies and private employers throughout the State of Louisiana in employment and professional liability matters consisting of wrongful termination, breach of contract, breach of tenure laws, retaliation, racial and gender discrimination, violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age and Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII (sexual, racial and gender discrimination and harassment), Title IX, and other wrongful acts; toxic tort, commercial litigation, family law and personal injury litigation. 

Ms. Fischman is a member of the Association of Women Attorneys; Louisiana State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section; New Orleans Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; and Bar Association of the United States of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has been admitted to practice in the State of Louisiana since 1978 and she has additionally been admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Representitive Cases

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 2005
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • J.D. - 1978
  • Newcomb University, New Orleans
  • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) - 1975
  • Honors: Alpha Lambda Delta
  • Major: Political Science & Art History

Honors and Awards

  • Louisiana Super Lawyer, 2010-2012, 2014, 2015
  • Selected by Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon as one of the nation’s top corporate employment attorneys for 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America since 2012, with special designations in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2012 – 2015
  • Martindale Hubbell - Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2011
  • Chambers and Partners: Labor and Employment Law, 2010-2012
  • CityBusiness Women of the Year, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Jewish Community Center, Board Member, 1994 - 1996
  • St. George's Episcopal School, Board of Development, Member, 2000 - 2003
  • Jewish Children Regional Service, Board Member, 2004 - 2010
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2008 - Present
  • Anti-Defamation League, Regional Board Member, 2008 - Present
  • Association of Women Attorneys, Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Member
  • New Orleans Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Bar Association of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • McGlinchey Stafford, Associate/Partner, 1981 - 1999
  • City of New Orleans, Assistant City Attorney, 1978 - 1981


See Library Tab for articles, publications and presentations by Debra Fischman


  • Difficult Issues Involving ADA/FMLA Leaves and Absences - 6th Biennial Labor & Employment Conference, Federal Bar Association - Labor and Employment Section, March 3, 2015
  • Fundamentals of Employment Law: FLSA/Wage and Hour Critical Issues, Sterling Education Services, September 10, 2014
  • Magnum PI: Winning the Big Personal Injury Case - Defending the Big Case from Start to Finish, Louisiana State Bar Association, October 11, 2013
  • Better Billing Practices at Big Easy Boot Camp, New Orleans Bar Association, October 19, 2012
  • Employment Law Update Beyond the Basics, Sterling Education Services, Inc., December 14, 2011
  • Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights, NBI Seminar, December 9, 2011
  • Big Easy Bootcamp, New Orleans Bar Association, October 14, 2011
  • Preparing A Witness, New Orleans Bar Association, October 15, 2009
  • Louisiana Athletic Trainer's Association Summer 2008 Symposium: Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletics, 2008
  • Hot Topic: Employment Liability and Insurance, April 13, 2005
  • Recent Developments In Employment Law: What Human Resource Professionals and Attorneys Handling Employment Matters Need to Know - NOW!, Sterling Education Services, LLC, January 29, 2003
  • Guest Panelist on "It's the Law" on local cable television

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