NALFA hosts a podcast series on attorney fee issues. We talk with thought leaders, attorney fee experts, and attorney fee newsmakers who've helped shape and influence the jurisprudence of reasonable attorney fees. NALFA interviews members, faculty, judges, law professors, in-house counsel, and others on a range of attorney fee and legal billing issues. All NALFA Podcasts are free. Our inaugural podcast is:
NALFA Podcast No. 1: “Interview with Law Professor Brian T. Fitzpatrick”
NALFA interviews Brian T. Fitzpatrick, Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School on his groundbreaking empirical research on class action attorney fee awards and his study of professional fee objectors in the class action model. We talk about his background, explore his research, and consider what his work means for the broader plaintiffs’ bar.
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.
For more on Brian Fitzpatrick and his research, visit https://law.vanderbilt.edu/bio/brian-fitzpatrick