Fitzgerald Confirmed for U.S. District Court

On March 15, 2012, the United States Senate confirmed the nomination of Michael W. Fitzgerald to serve on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

In its email announcement of the confirmation, the National LGBT Bar Association noted, Mr. Fitzgerald joins Judges J. Paul Oetken and Alison Nathan as the third openly gay Article III federal judge nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate. In addition, Deborah Batts, an openly gay woman, has served as a Federal District Judge for the Southern District of New York since 1994.”

In a separate account, the following information regarding Fitzgerald is provided:

“A defense attorney and former federal prosecutor, Fitzgerald went to Harvard University for his undergraduate degree. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, in 1985.

“Fitzgerald has been a partner in the firm of Corbin, Fitzgerald & Athey since 1998, specializing in commercial litigation, internal investigations and white-collar criminal representation. The Los Angeles native currently serves on the board of directors of the Los Angeles chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He also belongs to the American Bar Association’s White-Collar Crime Committee and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.”  CourtHouseNews – 3/16/2012

Editor’s note: In an October 14, 2011 post at this site, we inadvertently headlined that Fitzgerald had been confirmed rather than nominated, as the accompanying article correctly stated.  We apologize for the premature celebration.

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