Patrick R. Fitzgerald practices in Construction & Procurement Law Group. The team offers the scale of services and innovative techniques of a national law firm with the personalized services expected from a hometown legal team. They deliver sophisticated legal advice to a broad range of clients in virtually all areas relating to construction contract drafting, litigation and project counseling.
While pursuing his law degree, Patrick worked with one of the largest construction firms in the eastern U.S. There, he was an operations intern tracking completed work and invoicing for an $8 million asphalt paving project. He also has experience working alongside the firm’s general counsel preparing for summary judgment in a hostile work environment case and researching owner-specific disadvantaged business entities (DBE) policies for the engineering department. In the business development group, he supported design-build and developer-assist projects.
Patrick also worked with a Pittsburgh-based construction and engineering law boutique, gaining experience in topics including wrongful termination of a contract, the economic loss doctrine, a third-party’s ability to assert contractual defenses, whether a party can prevail on a motion for summary judgement by relying on self-serving affidavits, and when a court will not enforce contractual provisions.
He interned with the Honorable Judge D. Michael Fisher with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where he drafted a non-precedential opinion denying an alien’s motion to reopen for ineffective assistance of counsel.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D.
University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, M.B.A.
Michigan State University, B.A. in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy