Mr. Fiske manages Baron & Budd’s west coast Ecolawyer litigation in several matters including PCB litigation, groundwater contamination, PFOA/PFOS litigation, and wildfire litigation. Mr. Fiske represents and manages the following PCB clients: The State of Washington, and the Cities of Seattle, Spokane, Portland, Port of Portland, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, Long Beach, San Diego and others. These governmental plaintiffs have brought environmental and public nuisance actions against Monsanto Company for polluting America’s waterways with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
John Fiske is an appointed Special Attorney General for the State of Washington.
Mr. Fiske also represents large mobile home parks, residents, students, and teachers exposed to toxic fumes by the multi-billion dollar aerospace company Ametek, Inc., which improperly dumped toxic chemicals into groundwater, creating one of the largest trichloroethylene (TCE) plumes in the state of California.
Additionally, Mr. Fiske represents victims of devastating and unnatural wildfires caused by negligent companies, such as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), Daimler-Chrysler, and the United States. Mr. Fiske has spoken across the country regarding wildfire litigation to lawyers.
Mr. Fiske also represents several municipal and airport clients in the emerging PFOA/PFOS litigation, addressing damages caused by AFFF foam manufactured by 3M, Ansul/Tyco, Angus, Buckeye, National, and Chemguard.
Mr. Fiske is asked to speak at CLE/lawyer conferences on a regular basis including organizations focused around municipal representation, such as the International Municipal Lawyers Association regarding cost recovery against chemical manufacturers. Recently, Mr. Fiske won the “Burton Awards” for his legal article entitled “Poison in the Well,” one of only 25 awardees out of over 1,000 authors.
Mr. Fiske has been featured as an expert in environmental contamination in national media such as NPR’s Marketplace and the Washington Post.
John Fiske earned his law license at age 23 from California Western School of Law, a private, non-profit law school located in San Diego which was founded in 1924. Mr. Fiske attended law school on a full scholarship and served as Associate Editor of the Law Review while there.
Mr. Fiske has been declared a Super Lawyer in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2013, San Diego Metro Magazine named John Fiske to its list of “40 Under 40” (people to watch). He was a 2012 “Top Influential” (The Daily Transcript), a 2009 “Top Young Attorney” (The Daily Transcript), and a 2007 “50 People to Watch” (San Diego Magazine). Mr. Fiske has also served as a Barrister with the Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court, an amalgam of judges and lawyers who come together throughout the year to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.
John Fiske is a past-president of the board of directors of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, getting involved after receiving a $10.8 million jury verdict for a brain injured client. He has also served as an advisory board member for the University of California San Diego’s Bannister Family House, which acts as a home away from home for families of patients undergoing long- term care. In addition, Mr. Fiske has been a board member of Solutions: Exploring Success Post- High School,which provides an affordable way for high school students and their families to shape a clear, actionable vision of their post-high school path based on individual interests, aptitudes, and financial resources. On top of that, Mr. Fiske served as a “Red Coat” for the San Diego Bowl Game Association, a group of dedicated men and women who volunteer their time throughout the bowl’s year-around events, leading up to and including the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowl games in San Diego. And as if all that were not enough, Mr. Fiske mentored two young men in a very personal way, by having been a “Big Brother” to two “Little Brothers” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America organization.
When John Fiske is not discussing legal topics on television, including programming on Fox, ABC, CBS, KPBS, and KUSI, he spends time riding horseback, snorkeling, hiking and camping. He’s stays fit by racing in the Spartan Beast, Ragnar Relay and Tough Mudder competitions.
In 2016, Mr. Fiske founded the San Diego Farm Animal Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing horses, pigs, hens, and roosters. As relayed by the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune, SDFA Rescue educates people about the environmental impacts of large scale animal agriculture while providing a unique interactive experience for visitors. In 2016, San Diego Magazine named Mr. Fiske’s rescue organization San Diego’s “Best Animal Encounter Experience.” Baron & Budd is extremely proud to have this dedicated public servant and compassionate human being in our San Diego office.