Prof. Brian T. Fitzpatrick

Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
Brian T. Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick's research at Vanderbilt focuses 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 Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice 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. Before earning his law degree, Professor Fitzpatrick graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He has received the Hall-Hartman Outstanding Professor Award, which recognizes excellence in classroom teaching, for his Civil Procedure course.


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

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Publications and Multimedia
Business and the Roberts Court - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Teleforum
January 12, 2017
Regulatory Theory: Preemptive Rule-making vs. Common Law Redress - Event Audio/Video
Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 20, 2016
Federal Class Action Rule Under Construction - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
September 30, 2015
Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 5-14-15 featuring Brian Fitzpatrick and Erik Jaffe
May 14, 2015
Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Judicial Election Fundraising - Podcast
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
May 11, 2015
The Private Attorney General: Good or Bad - Event Audio/Video
17th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2015
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