Over the course of her twenty years practicing law, Wendy Fischman has built a successful practice advising corporate, non-profit, and higher education employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. Ms. Fischman has extensive experience developing, implementing, and monitoring internal employment policies and procedures and representing clients before federal and state agencies. Clients routinely seek Ms. Fischman’s advice on negotiating and drafting executive employment agreements; maintaining a diverse workforce; avoiding and mitigating complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; wage and hour compliance; performance management; terminations; reductions in force; and severance agreements. To minimize the risk of employment issues before they arise, Ms. Fischman designs compliance programs and conducts “train-the-trainer,” workforce, and management-level training programs.
Ms. Fischman also serves as outside general counsel to several emerging and established small and mid-sized businesses. She prides herself on developing informal partnerships with her clients, providing each client with an external source to solve legal challenges that arise in business every day. Ms. Fischman’s goal is to provide practical counsel to her clients in navigating legal risks, while positioning clients for strategic success. Her real-world advice is forged from years of experience managing high-stakes litigation and hundreds of internal investigations involving personnel and business-related issues. Harnessing her refined risk mitigation instincts, Ms. Fischman is skilled at drafting, evaluating, and negotiating a wide range of commercial agreements.
- Guided internal investigations, defended multiple agency charges, and provided day-to-day advice and counsel on an array of employment and student conduct issues for a preeminent non-profit university
- Designed and spearheaded implementation of comprehensive programs to promote compliance with employment and labor laws for various types of business structures
- Conducted disparate impact analysis to prevent adverse impact on protected groups in implementation of workplace change programs, including voluntary retirement plan and reduction in force
- Conducted over 150 internal investigations involving allegations of illegal discrimination, retaliation, and fraud for a Fortune 5 company
- Serves as outside general counsel to social media marketing, public relations, and brand marketing firms; provides legal assistance in corporate, employment, intellectual property, and other general matters
- Co-developed best practices for a Fortune 5 company in response to the establishment of the Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection program
- Defended False Claims Act and retaliation allegations against a Fortune 200 company in, at the time, one of the largest whistleblower actions in history
- Designed corporate compliance programs involving federal regulatory structures; counseled multiple clients about legal compliance and risk mitigation; and served as export control regulations ombudsman to a large international corporation
Publications and Speeches
- Presenter, “Sexual Orientation Protection Under Title VII: Where Does it Stand Now, and Where is it Going?” SkillSoft Corporation, November 15, 2017.
- Panelist, “Codification of Culture” Council on Foundations HR Summit, August 17, 2017.
- Panelist, “Developing BYOD Programs for a Global Workforce,” 2015 Women, Influence and Power in Law Conference, October 30, 2015.
- Panelist, “Laboring for FCPA Compliance: Enforcement and Litigation; Enforcement Trends in the Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors” National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) 2015 Annual Conference, July 1, 2015.
- “Freeh Advice – Compliance Considerations Following Sandusky,” with Catherine Guttman-McCabe, Clearspire Law Co. Employment & Labor Advisory (July 2012).
- “Key Considerations in Structuring an Internal Investigations Function,” Clearspire Law Co. Employment & Labor Advisory (February 2012).
- Shaare Torah Congregation: Vice President for Religious Life; Member of Executive Board of Directors (2007-2008); Member of Strategic Planning Committee (2012-present); Co-Chair B’nai Mitzvah Revisioning Committee (2014-present)
- Recipient of 2007 Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award (Out-of-state Division)
News, Events & Insights
George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1998
- High Honors
Order of the Coif
- The Environmental Lawyer, Articles Editor
University of Florida, B.A., 1994
- Clearspire Law Co., Lead Counsel Labor & Employment; Senior Counsel Litigation & Risk Management
- Fannie Mae, Compliance & Ethics Investigator
- Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, P.A., Senior Associate
Areas of Practice
- District of Columbia