Brian T. Fitzpatrick

Professor of Law

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.

Research Interests

Class actions, civil procedure, federal courts, judicial selection, the U.S. Supreme Court, constitutional law

Representative Publications

  • "Is the Future of Affirmative Action Race Neutral?" in A Nation of Widening Opportunities: The Civil Rights Act at Fifty (Samuel Bagenstos and Ellen Katz, eds., University of Michigan Press, 2016)
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  • "An Empirical Look at Compensation in Consumer Class Actions" 11 New York University Journal of Law & Business 767 (2015) (with Robert C. Gilbert)
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  • "The End of Class Actions?" 57 Arizona Law Review 161 (2015)
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  • "The Constitutionality of federal Jurisdiction-Stripping Legislation and the History of State Judicial Selection and Tenure," 98 Virginia Law Review 839 (2012)
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  • "Twombly and Iqbal Reconsidered," 87 Notre Dame Law Review 1621 (2012)
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  • "An Empirical Study of Class Action Settlements and Their Fee Awards," 7 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 811 (2010)
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  • "Do Class Action Lawyers Make Too Little?", 158 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 2043 (2010)
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  • "The End of Objector Blackmail?", 62 Vanderbilt Law Review 1623 (2009)
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  • "The Politics of Merit Selection,” 74 Missouri Law Review 675 (2009)
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  • "Errors, Omissions, and the Tennessee Plan," 39 University of Memphis Law Review 85 (2008)
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Contact Information

(615) 322-4032 (voice)
(615) 322-6631 (fax)
Room 296 (office)

Curriculum Vitae



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