Barbara S. Fishleder

Executive Director


I have had the privilege of helping the OAAP grow from its roots to its maturity. I am committed to making high-quality services available through the OAAP, so that we can continue to help lawyers, judges, and law students improve their health and life satisfaction.

My passion for helping lawyers and the legal profession, along with my keen interest in building wellness and resiliency, drew me to the OAAP. As executive director of the OAAP, I am grateful for the opportunity to apply my management and leadership skills to work and people that I care deeply about. In addition to my work at the OAAP, I am a founding member and current board member of the Oregon Lawyer Assistance Foundation (OLAF), a nonprofit organization that offers treatment grants and loans to lawyers.

I am a graduate of John Marshall Law School and of the University Of Michigan School Of Business. Prior to my work as OAAP executive director, I was a civil litigator in private practice and a Professional Liability Fund claims attorney. I grew up in the urban neighborhoods of Chicago, where my experiences taught me the importance of inclusion and acceptance. My urban life also sparked my curiosity for the other side of “the mountains.” I came to Oregon from the Midwest after law school to explore the Northwest and to enjoy its vast outdoor activities. I immediately loved it here and made Oregon my home. I enjoy spending my recreational time outside with my family and friends, practicing yoga, traveling, listening to music, and improving my French.