Crowe & Dunlevy
Eric S. Fisher is a director in the firm’s Oklahoma City office. He has spent his career focused on business creation and development, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, operational and compliance matters, and assisting clients grow and manage their businesses. Clients value and rely on Eric for his pragmatic and business-oriented advice.
Eric primarily serves as outside general counsel to closely held companies, family businesses, and entrepreneurs and their early stage and emerging market businesses, offering guidance and advice on all aspects of the organization, operation and financing of such businesses. Having participated in the management and growth of his family’s bank and real estate development company, Eric understands the complexities and difficulties business owners face daily in growing and managing their businesses.
In addition to his personal and professional experience in the real estate and banking sectors, Eric spent the first two decades of his legal career advising a host of individuals and institutions in a variety of healthcare ventures, guiding staffing companies in the development and expansion of their businesses, counseling a broad range of high tech companies at various stages of their business cycles, consulting with a variety of natural resource companies, representing liquor companies at all levels of the supply chain, and helping a variety of entrepreneurs spin up, develop and manage their various business ventures. Currently Eric serves as Vice-Chair of the Healthcare Practice Group.
After Oklahoma legalized medical marijuana on June 26, 2018, Eric lead the formation of the firm’s Cannabis Industry Practice Group. As practice group Chair, Eric represents individuals and entities from all licensed plant-touching industries and ancillary businesses providing goods and services to the cannabis industry, including financial institutions.
In his pre-lawyer days, Eric worked in client management for an advertising firm in Chicago. In this role, he represented a number of international packaged goods companies developing, testing, promoting and marketing new products and repositioning and rebranding existing products. This training taught Eric how to develop a concept from drawing board to point of sale, evaluate consumer acceptance and changing desires, and pivot and reposition as needed. This diverse, but applicable training, has given Eric a unique perspective to provide legal advice to his entrepreneurial clients as they face challenges developing their businesses and adapting to market shifts in their industries.
Eric is listed in the Best Lawyers publication in the fields of Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law and Health Care Law (2013 – Present). Additionally, Eric has been recognized by the Oklahoma Super Lawyers publication for Closely Held Businesses since 2013. Eric’s achievements also include recognition as Best Lawyers’ 2018 Lawyer of the Year – Health Care Law (OKC), 2022 Lawyer of the Year – Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law (OKC), and Top 50 Lawyers in Oklahoma by Super Lawyers in 2014.