Justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
After earning his law degree from Villanova University's School of Law, Justice Fitzgerald worked in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. He remained there for twelve years, where he was in charge of thirty-three ADAs as Chief of the Felony Waiver, Municipal Court, and Police Advisory Units. Following a campaign for Philadelphia City Controller, Justice Fitzgerald served as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, followed by a four-year stint with a private law firm trying civil cases, and four years as Executive Vice President for Government Affairs at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
Justice Fitzgerald was appointed to the bench of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 1989. In 2001, he was appointed Administrative Judge of the Trial Division by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. On February 13th, 2007, Justice Fitzgerald was nominated by Governor Edward G. Rendell to serve as a Justice on The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. After his unanimous confirmation by the Pennsylvania Senate, he was sworn in as an interim Justice.
He has also served as Liaison Justice for the Supreme Court Mental Health Task Force. On January 7th, 2008, he was appointed by Chief Justice Castille as co-chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence along with Chief Justice Emeritus John P. Flaherty. Currently, Justice Fitzgerald is serving as a Senior Judge on The Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Justice Fitzgerald is also an active participant in many other activities and associations. Specifically, he has served as the President of the J. Willard O'Brien Villanova Law Inn of Court; Chair for the Strategic Planning Committee for Jenkins Law Library; Member of the Administrative Governing Board, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania; Member of Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee; Vice President of Philadelphia Flag Day Association; Member of Brehon Law Society; Treasurer of St. Thomas More Society; and on the Board of Trustees at Springside School.
Justice Fitzgerald has also been the recipient of numerous awards and honors over the course of his esteemed career. He has been honored with the Brehon Law Society Award for Lifetime of Achievement in the Law and the Award for Judicial Excellence, the Philadelphia Flag Day Association's Annual Citizens Award, the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Award, and the Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania.