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Conor T. Fitzpatrick





University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., 2014

Albion College, B.A., 2011

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Fifth Circuit
  • Sixth Circuit

Conor Fitzpatrick focuses his practice on complex litigation. He counsels clients on trial and appellate strategy across the country in both state and federal courts. He has briefed and argued multi-million dollar appeals and has secured multiple published decisions in his clients' favor. Conor also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where he teaches First Amendment law.

Specializing in writing trial and appellate briefs, Conor is known for emphasizing clarity over legalese. His briefs are the product of careful research and editing, resulting in a persuasive final product that renders even the most multilayered case or obscure issue of law easily understandable. Frequently, Conor is called on to brief and argue novel issues of procedure or law that have not been clarified by appellate courts in decades (or longer).

Conor has first-chair federal jury trial experience and has successfully navigated clients through litigation and discovery disputes in difficult jurisdictions. In a complex civil rights case, Conor secured a favorable mid-trial settlement immediately following his cross-examination of the defendant. In another matter, Conor successfully argued for application of collateral estoppel, thus avoiding three additional jury trials.

Conor has also been brought in as embedded appellate counsel to collaborate with trial teams from other law firms. Appellate work does not begin after the case is tried. Conor begins preparing for a possible appeal during trial by assisting the trial team in briefing and arguing motions in limine, motions for directed verdict, jury instructions, and other bench briefs, all to ensure that issues are properly preserved for a possible appeal. Conor additionally assists excess insurers by monitoring trials and providing daily trial reports for cases involving seven- and eight-figure exposure levels.

Conor tirelessly works to present the best possible case for all his clients. On a pro bono matter, Conor successfully briefed and argued his client's case in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, securing a published decision safeguarding his client's First and Eighth Amendment liberties. Conor's work on this case and others earned him the 2018 Richard J. Seryak Award for pro bono service.

Before joining Miller Canfield, Conor grew up in Henderson, Nevada, and spent time living in London, England. While in London, Conor studied at the London School of Economics and worked as a mentor and debate coach in underprivileged schools in East London. When not working, Conor enjoys supporting his beloved Leyton Orient Football Club.


Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Commercial Litigation, 2021-present

State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-present

Michigan Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," Business Litigation, 2016-present

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, magna cum laude
Order of the Barristers
State Bar of Michigan 1L Oral Advocacy Competition, Spring 2012 Champion
Moot Court Board of Advocates
Recipient of seven Book Awards for highest overall class grade
Dean's List, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013

Albion College, cum laude

London School of Economics and Political Science, General Course, 2009-10

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

DebateMate, Mentor/Debate Coach, Leyton, Bow and Hackney, England, 2009-10


University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Adjunct Professor, First Amendment Law, 2022-present; Tutorial Assistant, Contract Law, 2014