Brendan H. Fitzpatrick

Brendan H. Fitzpatrick

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Brendan H. Fitzpatrick’s complex litigation practice focuses on the resolution of toxic tort, product liability, environmental, commercial, and intellectual property disputes in federal and state trial courts. Brendan brings to Goldberg Segalla’s clients a proven track record of effectively and efficiently achieving client goals in a broad range of matters, obtaining favorable resolutions for clients both inside and outside the courtroom.

Brendan strives to fashion and implement effective, functional, and cost-efficient strategies that today’s complex litigation environment demands. He establishes and executes litigation strategy from case inception through appeal. His extensive experience enables him to create strategic plans encompassing a wide variety of litigation tactics to meet client objectives. Each action Brendan takes in litigation fits into the plan for achieving the client’s ultimate goals.

Brendan’s cases routinely involve complex medical, scientific, and technological issues. To this end, he has developed, defended, and examined fact and expert witnesses from a wide variety of disciplines. Brendan monitors and has published on several emerging areas including potential human health hazards of nanomaterial exposure and ovarian cancer litigation. He also contributes to the firm’s Asbestos Case Tracker and Environmental Law Monitor blogs.

Brendan serves as co-chair of the Environmental and Toxic Tort Subcommittee within the American Bar Association’s Mass Torts Committee.

Sampling of recent successes:
  • Secured a directed verdict on defense of assumption of risk for a manufacturer of sealing products in a wrongful death asbestos-related case. The plaintiffs claimed their decedent developed lung cancer and mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure. After nine days of trial, the trial court granted the motion for judgment at the close of plaintiffs’ case.
  • Obtained a defense verdict as member of the trial team for an insulation contractor in a peritoneal mesothelioma case following a two-week trial. The jury agreed that the exposures to his client’s products were not a substantial contributing cause of development of disease.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a boiler manufacturer on the basis that the claims were time-barred pursuant to Maryland’s statute of repose. Plaintiffs alleged that components of the boiler caused the death of their decedent. This case was the first known application of Maryland’s statute of repose to injuries alleged from a residential boiler.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a demolition contractor in claim for over $3M in property damage as a result of developing evidence establishing plaintiffs’ claims against the client as a factual impossibility.
Honors
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 2013–18
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association, Chair of Subcommittee on Environmental and Toxic Torts of Mass Torts Committee of Section of Litigation
Community Involvement
  • St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, Legal Advisory Committee
Admitted to Practice
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Education
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., Certificate of Concentration in Environmental Law, 2008
  • Colby College, B.A., 2003
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