Dean of Whittier Law School

John Fitzgerald, Interim Dean, Whittier Law SchoolJohn K. Fitzgerald was appointed interim dean of Whittier Law School in March 2016.

Fitzgerald is a partner in the Intellectual Property section of Rutan & Tucker, LLP, Orange County’s largest law firm with more than 150 attorneys. In addition to his many years of experience as an intellectual property attorney, Fitzgerald also has deep connections to Whittier Law School. After graduating cum laude from the school in ’93, he has taught as an adjunct professor, and sits on the Board of Trustees for Whittier College and Whittier Law School, and is a Director on the National Board of Directors of the Whittier Law School Alumni Association.

Fitzgerald brings to Whittier Law School a combination of success in the legal field, experience as a faculty member, and a deep understanding of the mission and culture of the institution.

In his legal career, Fitzgerald has specialized in prosecution and litigation of patents, trademarks, copyright, licensing and trade secret matters, concentrating on high technology matters in the fields of mechanical, analytical, biomedical, optical, e-commerce, computer, network, software and material technology. Prior to joining Rutan & Tucker, Dean Fitzgerald was a partner at Fulwider Patton LLP, an intellectual property boutique firm in Los Angeles.


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