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Prof. Brian T. Fitzpatrick

Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School

Brian Fitzpatrick's research at Vanderbilt has focused on class action litigation, federal courts, judicial selection, and constitutional law. Professor Fitzpatrick joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2007, after serving as the John M. Olin Fellow at New York University School of Law. He graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School and went on to clerk for the Honorable Diarmuid O'Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, Professor Fitzpatrick practiced commercial and appellate litigation for several years at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C., and served as Special Counsel for Supreme Court Nominations to U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Professor Fitzpatrick graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He received the Hall-Hartman Outstanding Professor Award, which recognizes excellence in classroom teaching, for his Civil Procedure course for the 2008-09 academic year.

Education

B.S., University of Notre Dame
J.D., Harvard Law School


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Upcoming Events
2014-2015 U.S. Supreme Court Preview
Nashville Lawyers Chapter
September 24, 2014
Publications and Multimedia
Residual Class Action Awards: Cy Pres - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
March 21, 2014
Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 1-20-14 featuring Brian Fitzpatrick
January 20, 2014
Sunsetting the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission: What Now?
State Courts Project White Paper
June 26, 2013
Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 3-27-13 featuring Brian Fitzpatrick
March 27, 2013
The Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 1-8-13 featuring Brian Fitzpatrick
January 08, 2013
The Future of Arbitration and the World of Class Action Litigation - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
March 21, 2012
Judicial Selection in North Carolina - Event Audio/Video
Triangle Lawyers Chapter
February 16, 2012
Attorneys Fees in Class Actions - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
Did the Supreme Court Just Kill the Class Action?
Class Action Watch September 2011
September 30, 2011
Wal-Mart v. Dukes - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 07-11-11 featuring Brian T. Fitzpatrick
July 11, 2011
AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 05-02-11 featuring Brian T. Fitzpatrick
May 02, 2011
Wal-Mart v. Dukes - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 04-05-11 featuring Brian T. Fitzpatrick
April 05, 2011
Do Class Action Lawyers Make Too Much Money? - Event Audio/Video
Western New England Student Chapter
September 01, 2010
Hertz Corporation v. Friend – Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 03-01-10 featuring Brian Fitzpatrick
March 01, 2010
SCOTUScast 5-27-09 featuring Brian Fitzpatrick
Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee
May 27, 2009