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

  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • New York

Martha Fitzgerald is an associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. She is a civil litigator whose practice spans complex commercial cases, public interest litigation, and individual representations. In every matter, she stays laser-focused on her client’s interests. She helps companies navigate high-stakes commercial disputes while staying true to their brands and long-term business goals. She also represents victims of employment discrimination, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault as they seek to hold those responsible accountable for their conduct, whether in court or through alternative dispute resolution. In the last year, she has represented eight clients in pre-litigation negotiations and mediations that reached mutually agreeable resolutions.

Martha maintains an active pro bono and public interest practice. Representing members of Congress in 2016 and 2017, 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. She currently represents Moira Donegan in a defamation lawsuit related to her creation of the “Shitty Media Men” list.

“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 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, and 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 financial services, cable and media, and music licensing.

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. 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.