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Caitlinrose H. Fisher



Caitlinrose H. Fisher

Caitlinrose is a litigator who understands that at the core of each client’s case, there is a story to tell. She works tirelessly to unearth that story and to tell it through the language of the law.

Caitlinrose’s results speak for themselves. She has successfully achieved the pre-discovery dismissal of multiple federal lawsuits, obtained the complete acquittal of criminal charges following a jury trial, and has worked with a team to win a reversal on a client’s behalf at the United States Supreme Court. In all cases, drawing from her extensive appellate experience, Caitlinrose crafts strategies that drive clients toward the ultimate win in any case – winning on appeal.

Caitlinrose has been repeatedly recognized for her legal work. In 2019, Caitlinrose was honored as a Minnesota Attorney of the Year for her role as co-lead counsel in a federal civil rights case that received international press coverage. Since 2019, she has been annually recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. And, since 2018, she has been annually recognized as a North Star Lawyer for her commitment to providing pro bono service.

  • Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer (2020)
  • Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2019 – present)
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer (2019)
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2018 – present)
  • Lockhart Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Leadership, and Service, University of Minnesota Law School (2015)
  • Stinson Leonard Street Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, Minnesota Law Review (2015)

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Minnesota

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Women in White Collar Defense Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers


  • Timothy Droske & Caitlinrose Fisher, Eighth Circuit at SCOTUS during 2020 Term, Eighth Circuit Bar Association Newsletter (Fall 2021)
  • Virginia McCalmont & Caitlinrose Fisher, Finding Courage and Clarity in the Midst of the Pandemic, With Equal Right (April 14, 2021)
  • Caitlinrose H. Fisher, Eighth Circuit Clarifies Circumstances in Which Opposing Counsel May Be Deposed, (February 24, 2020)
  • Caitlinrose H. Fisher & Virginia R. McCalmont, Minneapolis Federal Courthouse Named in Honor of Eighth Circuit Judge Diana Murphy, Bar Talk, Federal Bar Association Minnesota Chapter (December 11, 2019)
  • Caitlinrose H. Fisher & Virginia R. McCalmont, One Strike and You’re Out: The uncertainty of FRAP 29’s recent amendment, Eighth Circuit Bar Ass’n Newsletter (Summer 2019)
  • Attorney-Client Privilege: What Every Attorney Needs to Know, Minnesota CLE, Contributor (2018 – present)
  • Walter F. Mondale, Robert A. Stein & Caitlinrose Fisher, No Longer a Neutral Magistrate: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court In the Wake of the War on Terror, 100 Minn. L. Rev. 747 (2014)
  • Note, Treating the Disease or Punishing the Criminal?: Effectively Using Drug Court Sanctions to Treat Substance Use Disorder and Reduce Criminal Conduct, 99 Minn. L. Rev. 747 (2014)


  • Litigating the Attorney-Client Privilege: Protecting and Defending the Client’s Confidentiality, Attorney-Client Privilege, Minnesota CLE, co-presenter (December 6, 2019)
  • Legal Writing and the Rules of Professional Responsibility, 2019 Legal Services Statement Conference: Addressing Disparity: A Way Forward, Co-presenter (October 24, 2019)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, Judicial Opinion Writing (2016-2018)
  • Documenting and Litigating Privilege, Attorney-Client Privilege: What Every Attorney Needs to Know, Minnesota CLE, Panelist (August 30, 2018)
  • Transgender in Transition, 2018 Minnesota State School Board Association Leadership Conference, Co-presenter (January 11, 2018)

  • Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Board of Directors (2018 – Present)
  • Hennepin County Pro Bono Project, Member (2018 – Present)