Cheryl Smith Fisher

Cheryl Smith Fisher became a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2014, and was elected as vice chair in 2018.

Fisher is Of-Counsel to the Buffalo-based law firm of Magavern Magavern Grimm LLP. She practices in the areas of employment law, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and professional responsibility.

She is a past chair of the Committee on Character and Fitness, Eighth Judicial District, and was formerly co-chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics. She has served as vice president of the New York State Bar Association and member of the Executive Committee and House of Delegates. She is a member of the Women’s Bar Association.

Fisher has been a presenter at many CLE programs in the areas of Ethics, Not-for-Profit Law, Commercial and Employment Law.

For more than 20 years Fisher has been a member of the Board of Directors of Child and Family Services of Erie County, Inc., and is a past chair. In 2000, she received that board’s John N. Walsh Jr. Board Appreciation Award for commitment to strengthening family life in western New York.

A resident of Buffalo, NY, she graduated cum laude from State University of New York at Oswego and cum laude from University at Buffalo Law School, where she taught research and writing.