Chairman and Managing Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP


John Polson became Chair of Fisher & Phillips in 2022, after serving on the firm's Management Committee for eight years and co-managing the Irvine office. He is also Co-Chair of the firm's PEO and Staffing Industry Team, and Co-leads the firm’s Gig Economy Industry Team. John is also a member and past Chair of the Legal Advisory Council of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) and has served as a Professional Advisory Director for the Employer Services Assurance Corporation.

Diversity efforts at Fisher & Phillips include a New Lawyer Survival Skills Program for diverse law students and associates, a women’s initiative and leadership council, and identifying diverse attorneys for succession planning. In 2017, Law360 named Fisher & Phillips one of the “Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys.” 

Joined LCLD 2012

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2023: Sheila Willis; 2022: Christopher Alvarez; 2021: LaKisha Kinsey-Sallis; 2020: Jessica Causgrove; 2019: Sarina Saluja; 2018: Annie Lau; 2017: Shanon Stevenson; 2016: Jessica Treanette Cook; 2015: Kristen Nesbit; 2014: Santiago "Jimmy" Alaniz; 2013: Nesheba M. Kittling

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2023: Lyle Chan, Marianna Bertikian; 2022: LaLonnie Villa Gray, Megan Janes; 2021: Brittany Brantley 

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2022: Mahmood Jeewa; 2021: Mustapha Yoosuf-Akinlaja, Jack Shelly, Sean Khoury; 2019: Gregory Nelson

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2020, 2019, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012


Annual Meeting (2020, 2019, 2018)


Member: John Polson

Diversity Professionals: Shannon Randhawa Stevenson, Regina Petty, Tony Brown

Communications: Kevin Sullivan, Tony Brown