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April 4, 2012
Appellate Judge Hears Supreme Court Case

Judge Patrick F. FischerJudge Patrick F. Fischer of the First District Court of Appeals served as a visiting judge on the Supreme Court of Ohio today and heard oral arguments in a Lucas County workers' compensation case.

Judge Fischer was selected to sit in place of Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger, who recused herself from Bennett v. Goodremont’s Inc. (Case No. 2011-0902).

According to the Ohio Constitution, in the event of a recusal by a Justice, the Chief Justice or the Acting Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court can select any of the 69 sitting Ohio appellate court judges to sit temporarily on the Ohio Supreme Court.

As a long-time partner of Keating Muething & Klekamp and former president of the Cincinnati Bar Association, Judge Fischer represented both plaintiffs and defendants during his nearly 30 years of practicing law. In 2010, he won election to an unexpired term on the appeals court. He will compete for a full six-year term in November’s general election. Judge Fischer, who currently serves as president-elect of the Ohio State Bar Association, will become OSBA’s president starting July 1.

“I consider it a great honor to serve the people of Ohio through this assignment to the Supreme Court of Ohio,” said Judge Fischer.

The First District Court of Appeals serves Hamilton County, and hears cases from county, municipal and common pleas courts as well as original actions in habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, procedendo and quo warranto.

View archived video of this case and every case argued before the Supreme Court of Ohio since March 2004.

For a high-resolution, print-quality photo of Judge Fischer, visit: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/PIO/news/2012/fischer_highres.zip.