A Villanova University School of Law education prepares students to be innovative leaders in the legal industry. As lawyers, they not only value the practice of law but also the opportunity to make a difference. Exemplifying that drive are alumni such as Thomas Fitzpatrick ’01 VSB, ’04 VLS.
Fitzpatrick is a civil rights and personal injury trial attorney and a founding partner of Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC. The minority owned civil rights and catastrophic injury law firm covers a breadth of cases and issues, including federal criminal defense, white collar defense and corporate and non-profit investigations.
“I've always wanted my legal career to have a social impact. I achieve this through policy changes for the injured and by representing organizations that seek to have positive influences in their communities,” said Fitzpatrick.
Early in his career, Fitzpatrick worked as a sex crimes prosecutor in the elite Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and has been in the courtroom ever since. But as a graduate of Villanova’s Reza Taleghani JD/MBA program, his business education has prepared him equally for success in the boardroom.
“My business background has helped me bring value to my organization and grow a two man law office into a 7 attorney/12 person firm,” he said. “Understanding business concepts, growth models and corporate culture and its impact on office dynamics has been invaluable.”
As a law student, Fitzpatrick was an Arthur Goldberg Scholar, a Reimel Moot Court finalist and Moot Court member, a Student Bar Association class representative and a member of the Black Law Students Association. Currently he serves as a member of the Villanova Law Alumni Association Board of Advisors and the J. Willard O’Brian American Inn of Court.
A true leader in the legal community, Fitzpatrick maintains involvement in several civic and professional organizations including the NAACP, National Bar Association, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia and Overbrook Farms Club Homeowners Association. He was recently selected to the top 1% of attorneys in the nation by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
Fitzpatrick advises Villanova Law students to pursue their dreams and intellectual interest. He asks: “Is the practice of law about what you want to do, or is it about who you want to be? For myself, it’s always been about who I want to be.”