Avery S. Fischer
Avery S. Fischer serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Ralph Lauren
Corporation. He is a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team, leads the company’s global legal organization and is responsible for the company’s legal strategy, practices and policies.
He serves as a senior advisor to the company’s Board of Directors and leadership team on all complex global legal issues and business interests and manages all of the company’s global legal affairs. He also has responsibility over the global International Trade, Risk Management and Health and Safety Compliance areas.
Mr. Fischer advises the company on all corporate governance matters and counsels the company’s Board of Directors and each of the Board Committees. His legal and business experience includes general corporate and commercial counseling, intellectual property, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities, real estate and corporate financing.
Before joining Ralph Lauren in 2009, Mr. Fischer was a Corporate Partner at Kelley Drye & Warren, a
large international law firm. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Legal Affairs and General
Counsel of RSL Communications, a publicly-traded, global telecommunications company which operated in 22 countries. He managed all the company’s global legal affairs, including the company’s initial public offering, and negotiated numerous mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnership agreements.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Fischer served as a corporate attorney at Rosenman & Colin (currently Katten Muchin Rosenman), a large international law firm, with a practice concentrating in mergers and acquisitions, securities and general corporate counseling and, prior to that, served as a litigation associate at the New York based law firm of Shea & Gould.
Mr. Fischer has previously served on the Board of Directors of Delta Three, Inc., formerly a public company pioneering in IP telephony, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care. He is currently an officer of The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation and served on the international Best Lawyers Advisory Board.
Mr. Fischer has been a speaker at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Penn Law Symposium on the panel: “Fast Fashion: a system for democratization or for theft?” and at a Brooklyn Law School forum on “Fashion Law.” He also participated at the Fashion Law Institute of the Fordham University Law School on several panels relating to the role of in-house counsel and fashion law and has been for the last several years a guest professor at Duke Law School on the topic of “The Chief Legal Officer’s Role in Business Strategy.”
Mr. Fischer received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School.