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St. Louis County municipal judge loses law license

St. Louis County municipal judge loses law license

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Municipal Court Judge Jennifer H. Fisher hears cases in three cities

Municipal Court Judge Jennifer H. Fisher listens to a defendant from her bench during court on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the St. Ann Consolidated Municipal Courts. She also holds court in Normandy and Berkeley. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court Tuesday suspended the law license of a longtime north St. Louis County municipal judge.

Attorney Jennifer H. Fisher, who has served as a judge in Normandy, St. Ann, Berkeley and Moline Acres, will not be able to practice law for at least two years after she misused money she managed for a handful of clients.

In arguments before the high court in early September, Alan Pratzel of the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, which investigates complaints against lawyers in the state, said Fisher transferred money into her clients’ accounts and, on at least one occasion, used a portion of the funds to satisfy a “personal financial obligation.”

None of the clients lost money, but Fisher’s behavior amounts to “dishonest conduct,” Pratzel said.

The case against Fisher, who was licensed to practice law in 1985, came to light in 2019 following an overdraft on a trust account.

In her defense, Fisher’s attorney, Bernard Edwards, wrote that Fisher was facing numerous personal challenges, including working six jobs and taking care of two family members with physical and mental issues.

She also had a medical condition resulting in sleep deprivation, headaches and pain.

The Supreme Court cited rules governing the conduct of attorneys for its decision. Included in those rules are prohibitions on certain kinds of financial transactions, violations of trust account management and misconduct.

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