Reinisch Wilson Weier PC Workers' Compensation Defense and Employment Law

Matthew M. Fisher

Matt Fisher is a partner with Reinisch Wilson Weier PC. An Oregon native, Matt served over eight years in the military completing as a JAG Corps Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. Matt’s pre-law school years include working as the Operations Officer and Certified Eye Bank Technician for the Lions Eye Bank of Oregon, requiring strict compliance with federal regulations in the procurement and placement of corneal transplant tissue. Matt also spent many years as an emergency room technician and in a hospital laboratory setting, which combined provide a strong background in forensic medicine.

Matt devotes his practice to working with employers, insurers, third-party administrators, and self-insured employers in complex workers’ compensation defense litigation under the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Act, as well as the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. He is a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation laws and practice, and has served as Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Oregon State Bar.

Client Service

I provide guidance and advice to claims professionals in an effort to contain exposure on complex claims and regulatory concerns, with emphasis on appropriate resolution and reduction of litigation costs. This requires developing and analyzing options available to my clients, and ensuring my client has a clear awareness of the risks and benefits associated with each option.

Each case is different and should be evaluated uniquely and independently. Not every case is destined for trial, and alternate resolution may be the most appropriate course of action. Nonetheless, all cases still require a dedicated and focused defense approach, even when settlement is the end goal, so that cases can be properly valued by all parties. I therefore ensure my clients are fully prepared to put on the strongest of defenses should settlement not be appropriate or viable.

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Willamette University School of Law, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology (Chemistry minor), Willamette University, 1993

Activities

Memberships and Community

  • Oregon Bar Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Committee
    • Past Chair 2011 and 2012
    • Chair 2010
    • Chair-Elect 2009
    • Secretary 2008
    • Member at Large 2006-2007
  • District President and Deputy Legal Commissioner, Kappa Sigma International Fraternity
  • Oregon Workers’ Compensation Institute, mentor attorney for Oregon claims examiners’ course
  • Board Member, Lions VisionGift Board of Directors

Recent publications


Recent speaking topics

  • "Controversy Continues: Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation," co-presented with Sherry Hickey, Assistant Vice President of Medical Management for Safety National, at the 2017 National International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (www.IAIABC.org) annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, October 5, 2017
  • "2017 Changes to Division 60 Administration Rules," Oregon Credit Crunch presented by Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, June 26, 2017
  • "Higher Conflict and Controversy: Medical and Recreational Marijuana in the Workplace," Public Risk Management Association Annual Conference", June 5, 2017
  • "The Rehabilitation of Brown v. SAIF," client continuing education seminar, May 9, 2017
  • "Brain Trauma in Workers' Compensation" (co-presented with Jan Moss, RN), Oregon Claims School Seminar presented by Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, March 22, 2017
  • "Independent Medical Examinations: Practical and Ethical Considerations," client continuing education seminar, April 11, 2016
  • "New Rules and Claimant's Counsel Fees," client continuing education seminar, April 11, 2016
  • "New Rules and Claimant's Counsel Fees," Oregon Claims School Seminar presented by Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, March 30, 2016
  • "New Oregon Claim Closure Rules," client continuing education seminar, July 8, 2015
  • "Settlement Evaluation, Communication and Documentation," client continuing education seminar, June 10, 2015
  • "Communicating with IME Providers," client continuing education seminar, September 23 and October 8, 2014
  • “Claim Processing Tips in Response to Statutory Amendments and Case Law Developments,” Oregon Self-Insurers Association Annual Conference, July 14. 2014, and as client continuing education seminar, September 18, 2014
  • “Disability Entitlement: Before, During and After ATP PPD Awards and Combined Conditions,” client continuing education seminar, February 26, 2014
  • “Life of a Workers’ Compensation Claim,” Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, February 12, 2014 (Southern Oregon); March 25, 2014 and September 20, 2013 (Portland); July 16, 2013 (Eugene); BOLI 29th Annual Employment Law Conference, December 4, 2013
  • “Third Party Actions and Subrogation” client continuing education seminar, April 16, 2014 and October 15, 2014
  • Do’s and Don’ts for Testifying, Discovery, Impeachment, and Timely Submission Rules,”  Workers’ Compensation Claims Association, October 8, 2013
  • “Verifying, Calculating, Paying and Processing Time Loss, client continuing education seminar, August 6, 2013

Personal

Military Service:

  • Captain / Brigade Judge Advocate, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Army Reserves
  • Medical Services Officer, Oregon Army National Guard

Matthew was featured in television interview June 14 - click here to read more.