Partners Linda Jason and Andrew Fischer founded Jason & Fischer in 1981, practicing law together in Boston and Cambridge since that time.
Linda Jason has been engaged in the general practice of law since completing Boston College Law School in 1977. Ms. Jason has a BA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and a Masters Degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Ms. Jason worked for the Research Institute for Educational Policy (RIEP) from 1976-1978 and actively practiced special education law from 1977 to 1979. In 1979 Ms. Jason began practicing on her own. Since forming Jason & Fischer, in 1981, with her husband, Andrew Fischer, Ms. Jason has represented small high tech corporations and other small businesses, and has been representing buyers and sellers of residential homes and condominiums and related real-estate law.
Today, Ms. Jason continues to represent several small businesses, including software and technology companies and maintains her active real estate practice. Since 1993 she has been teaching the now ever popular adult education courses in How to buy a Home and How to buy a Condo at the Boston Center for Adult Education and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
Ms. Jason also is active in her community as a member of the Brookline Brighton Service Development Fund of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and as a member and former co-chair of the American Jewish Congress New England Regions' Commission on Women's Issues.
Andrew Fischer completed Suffolk University in 1980, while he was still a teacher in the Boston Public Schools. A 1971 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Fischer worked as a journalist, publicist, free-lance writer and teacher before forming the law firm of Jason & Fischer with his wife, Linda Jason, and beginning to practice law in 1981.
His love for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights attracted Mr. Fischer to civil rights law. In his first civil rights case, he represented a Harvard graduate student of Fine Arts who was arrested for posting notices of a political rally. The student was then assaulted and had his arm broken by the arresting officer, who expressed his displeasure and disagreement with the student/artist's political views. Mr. Fischer tried his first civil rights case before a jury in the Federal District Court for Massachusetts in 1983, representing two teenage boys who were attacked by police dogs.
Since then, Mr. Fischer has tried dozens of cases, in Federal and state courts, primarily representing injured plaintiffs, in civil rights claims, consumer claims, and personal injury claims. He has also represented individuals and small businesses in contract disputes and other civil litigation, and was recently awarded certification as an Advocate by the American Trial Lawyers Association, representing completion of continuing legal education programs of the National College of Advocacy. In 1998, Mr. Fischer presented as a panelist on a Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education program on new technology and computerized legal research.
Mr. Fischer is a member of the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Trial Lawyers Association and American Trial Lawyers Association, and is active in the civil rights sections of both the Massachusetts Bar Association and American Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Fischer is an avid bicyclist and bicycle advocate, commuting to his downtown office and to local Courts by bicycle and riding recreationally on weekends. He served on the Board of Directors of the Boston Area Bicycle Coalition (the BABC) from 1988 to 1996, when it grew from a local Boston organization into the statewide BCOM, the Bicycle Coalition of Massachusetts, the predecessor of today's MassBike. Mr. Fischer served as president of BCOM from 1993-1995.
During this time, Mr. Fischer worked as part of the coalition that obtained passage of the Bicycle accommodation statute, requiring that new or renovated transportation facilities make reasonable accommodations for bicyclists. Mr. Fischer has also been involved in promoting other legislation, particularly a proposed medical privacy law that he authored and which is one of several bills that have been submitted to the General Court during the last two legislative sessions. Mr. Fischers proposed bill would afford much more protection than other proposed bills and would impose much more severe penalties for the improper release of an individual's medical records.
Mr. Fischer is also the founder of bikeattorney.com, a web site that provides resources for cyclists who have questions about legal services.
Present bicycle cases include Graney v the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which seeks to deem certain bicycle paths as transportation rather than recreational facilities, in order to create greater legal protection for bicyclists using the paths and to require the state agency that operates the path to maintain it properly. Mr. Fischer is also presently involved in bicycle cases seeking to require town public road departments to insert water drainage grates so that the slots are perpendicular rather than parallel to the roadway direction so that the bicycle wheels do not get caught and in a product liability claim against the manufacturer of carbon steel mountain bike forks that have snapped, injuring the rider.
Mr. Fischer present cases include bicycle accidents, other personal injury cases, and civil rights and consumer cases, including a class action recently filed against a commercial leasing company that preys upon small business owners.
Reported cases Mr. Fischer has litigated include Smith v Adams, 416 Mass. 558, 624 N.E.2d 102 (1993) which held that all police officers present where excessive force is used in an unlawful arrest, can be held liable as joint venturers; Wyler v Bonnell Ford, 35 Mass.App.Ct. 563, 624 N.E.2d 116 (1994), which held that use of criminal process to further a civil claim is not just an abuse of process but also a violation of the consumer protection act; Lima v Jeffrey, 29 Mass.App.Ct. 1106, 559 N.E.2d 1267 (1990), awarding punitive damages in a consumer claim against a home improvement contractor who took advantage of an elderly homeowner and upholding that a bait and switch tactic is an unfair business practice; and Cohen v Lindsey, 38 Mass.App.Ct. 1, 644 N.E.2d 250 (1995), the lead case for the assertion and protection of attorney’s liens for legal fees.
The brief Mr. Fischer is most proud of is the one international law brief he wrote, on behalf of a Russian Jewish refusenik, or prisoner of conscience.
After graduating from Suffolk Law School in 2003, Attorney Andrew J. Brodie III began working with injured cyclists and representing individuals who have had their Constitutional rights violated. Soon after, Attorney Andrew Brodie began representing people who had been injured in car accidents and those injured by defective products.
In addition to helping the injured, Andrew Brodie also has a passion for criminal law. In 2003 he spent a year working for the Suffolk County District Attorneys where he represented the Commonwealth in criminal matters. He joined the law firm of Jason and Fischer in 2002 and now represents clients in a variety of matters including criminal, personal injury, civil rights and consumer law claims.
Andrew Brodie is available to help injury victims, as well as people who have been arrested, injured by a product or cheated by a company.
Andrew Brodie obtained his Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts where he graduated Cum Laude prior to attending Suffolk University Law School. Andrew Brodie is also an experienced bicycle mechanic who has used his knowledge of bicycle to assist injured cyclists in their personal injury and property damage claims.
Our office manager, Cassandra Johnson, has been with Jason & Fischer since 1986. As office manager, she addresses client needs, assembles insurance claims material, administers claims for insurance reimbursements for medical bills and lost wages, deals with doctors and medical providers in assembling medical records and reports, and performs the many functions that keep the day to day operation of Jason & Fischer functioning smoothly.
Ms. Johnson is a skilled paralegal who understands how the multiple uses of computers can improve law office efficiency and is constantly developing her computer skills.
Ms. Johnson is always able and willing to answer your questions and assist in addressing your legal needs. She is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.