40 Under 40: Leigh Burnside – Dowling Aaron Inc.

Feb 15, 2013 No Comments by

Leigh Burnside spent most of her childhood in the Fresno area, and attended Bullard High School, where she was a student athlete and played soccer.  She later enrolled at Stanford University and was a features writer for The Stanford Daily, and during her junior year she studied abroad in Paris, France for six months.  Around that time, Burnside decided she wanted to be a lawyer like her father, Jim Burnside, and went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University.

Leigh Burnside

Burnside got valuable experience after her sophomore year in college when she shadowed a deputy district attorney with the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office for the summer.  Right after law school in 1997 she took a position at Dowling Aaron Inc., which had 17 attorneys at the time.  Burnside started as an associate, then became a shareholder and finally an equity partner.  She is the chair of the Trust and Estate Litigation Department, and deals mostly with those matters.

Burnside is an avid reader, and is very involved in the soccer community.  She coaches, is president of the Central California Soccer Alliance, which is a competitive soccer club, and has been on the board of directors for the Fig Garden Youth Soccer League for several years.  She and her husband, Brian Fischer, who is a chemistry teacher at Bullard High, live in the Fresno area with their children Maddy and Alex, both of whom also play soccer.



Favorite Movie:  “The Sound of Music”

Favorite Music Artist/Band:  U2

Last Book Read:  “Killing Lincoln:  The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard


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