Trustee Fitzgerald

Patrick J. Fitzgerald

Current Term


Appointed By Governor


Professional Experience

  • Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (2012-present)
  • U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois (2001-2012)
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York (1988-2001)
  • Litigation associate, Christy & Viener (1985-1988)

Professional/Civic Affiliations, Activities and Community Service

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Amherst College
  • Member, Advisory Committee, University of Chicago Crime Laboratory
  • Member, Visiting Committee, University of Chicago Law School
  • Member, Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force
  • Steven Feirson Distinguished Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School (2013)

Awards and Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America 2014
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013
  • "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal (2013)
  • Justice John Paul Stevens Award from the Chicago Bar Association (2011)
  • Cox, Coleman, Richardson Award for Distinguished Public Service from Harvard Law School (2007)
  • “Lawyer of the Year," The National Law Journal (2005)
  • Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (2002)
  • Stimson Medal, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1997)
  • Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (1996)


  • J.D., Harvard University Law School (1985)
  • B.A., Economics and Mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa, Amherst College (1982)

Party Affiliation