John F. Fischer was appointed as a Judge on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals in May of 2006 by Governor Brad Henry. He was retained by the people of Oklahoma as a Judge of that Court at the 2008, 2010, 2016 and 2022 General Elections. He was elected by his fellow judges to serve as the Vice-Chief Judge for the Court during its 2012 and 2021 terms and as its Chief Judge for the 2013 and 2022 terms.
Judge Fischer received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Oklahoma and was awarded his Juris Doctorate by that University in 1975. After graduation, he served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma.
He was in private law practice from 1980 until 2006. While in private practice, Judge Fischer was selected by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America in commercial litigation.
He is a Master of the Bench and past-president of the William J. Holloway American Inn of Court. He is a member of the Oklahoma and American Bar Associations, the Oklahoma Judicial Conference, a Fellow of the American and Oklahoma Bar Foundations and the past Oklahoma representative to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Advisory Committee. In 2011, he was named the Appellate Judge of the Year by the Oklahoma Association for Justice.