Some Philadelphians may have heard about New Jersey lawyer Michael Rausch, who punched an opposing counsel in the stairwell of the Lackawanna County Courthouse last summer. Rausch, a 46-year-old local from Cherry Hill, was subsequently charged with harassment, simple assault, and disorderly conduct after punching attorney John Fisher in the head three times.
Fisher had brought a product-liability lawsuit against luxury car maker Porsche, whom Rausch was representing. A verbal altercation later developed between the two at the courthouse’s stairwell after a hearing on the case. The Times-Tribune reported the exchange quickly turned into a physical conflict where Rausch ultimately lost his temper, knocking Fisher in the face.