Martha E. Fitzgerald

Associate

EDUCATION

  • B.A., Columbia University, 2011
  • summa cum laude
  • J.D. New York University School of Law, 2015
  • cum laude

CLERKSHIPS

  • The Hon. Thomas L. Ambro, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

FELLOWSHIPS, LEADERSHIP & RECOGNITIONS

  • Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Law Journal, New York University School of Law
  • Sive, Paget & Riesel Environmental Law Journal Award, New York University School of Law
  • Constitutional Law and Legal Writing Tutor, New York University School of Law
  • Invitation Extended, Fordham Law Review
  • Fordham Law School Prize
  • Mary Daly Scholar, Fordham Law School
  • Dean’s List, Fordham Law School

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Martha Fitzgerald is an Associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. She joined the firm after clerking for the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Before that, she was a litigation Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where she worked on a variety of commercial matters, government investigations, and pro bono litigation.

At Cravath, Martha’s practice spanned all stages of commercial litigation, and she gained substantial experience in antitrust in particular. For a client ultimately acquired in a major merger, she responded to thorough requests for information from the Department of Justice as part of its antitrust merger review process. She also assessed potential antitrust claims or liabilities for clients in various industries including cable and media, financial services, and music licensing.

“I am passionate about being correct and in the right. I try to bring that sensibility, for both precision and ethics, to all parts of my practice."

Martha also maintains an active pro bono practice. Representing members of Congress, she co-authored amicus briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal circuit courts across the country in support of LGBT plaintiffs facing discrimination in the workplace and public schools. The amici’s proposed interpretation of Title VII was adopted by the Seventh Circuit in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and the Second Circuit in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc.

Martha received her law degree cum laude from New York University in 2015, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Environmental Law Journal and was awarded recognition for outstanding contribution by a third-year editor. She also published a note entitled Prison or Precaution: Unilateral, State-Mandated Geoengineering Under Principles of International Environmental Law, 24 N.Y.U. ENVTL. L.J. 256 (2016). Martha transferred to NYU from Fordham Law School, where was a Mary Daly Scholar and won the Fordham Law School Prize for the highest GPA of her 1L section.