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Patrick Fitzgerald
Occupation U.S. Attorney
Employer U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois
Location Chicago

Patrick Fitzgerald is a U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.[1] His nomination was confirmed in October 2001. He is known for his work on terrorism financing, public corruption, corporate fraud and violent crime. He also prosecuted the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

In November 2011, Fitzgerald issued subpoenas in the bankruptcy proceedings for broker-dealer MF Global Holdings Ltd.[2] He is also involved with the President's Corporate Fraud Task Force.


Fitzgerald has worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago since 2001.[3] He served on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee, chairing the subcommittee on terrorism for four years beginning that year. He became special counsel to the President's Corporate Fraud Task Force in late 2003.

Prior to that, Fitzgerald was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1988 to 2001. He began his career as a litigation associate at Christy & Viener in New York.


Fitzgerald earned a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Amherst College in 1982, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1985.

Awards and Honors

  • Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service (2002)
  • Stimson Medal from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1997)
  • Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service (1996)


  1. U.S. Attorney Biography: Patrick J. Fitzgerald. U.S. Attorney's Office - Northern District of Illinois.
  2. MF Global Subpoenas Said to Be Issued by U.S. Attorney. Bloomberg Businessweek.
  3. 'Day job' awaits controversial top prosecutor. Chicago Tribune.