Patrick T. Fitzgerald, Phillips Lytle Senior Associate

Patrick T. Fitzgerald

Senior Associate
(716) 847-8315
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Mr. Fitzgerald focuses his practice on environmental law. He counsels clients on environmental and regulatory compliance at both the state and federal levels, including matters related to the State Environmental Quality Review Act, State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, the New York Uniform Procedures Act (environmental permits), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (federal and New York State programs). In addition, he advises and aids in the defense of clients that are faced with investigation and enforcement proceedings by state and federal agencies, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. His experience lends itself to a wide range of environmental regulatory and enforcement issues.

Mr. Fitzgerald also handles land use and zoning, real estate and energy matters. He has significant experience representing clients before local land use agencies for numerous issues, including site plan approvals, special permits, variances, subdivision plans and rezonings. He also assists clients with the sale, acquisition and leasing of real estate for reasons ranging from commercial development to the installation of energy facilities (wind and solar).

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • Ontario, Canada - Foreign Legal Consultant
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Honors & Awards

  • Named Upstate New York Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2017


  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 2011
  • St. John Fisher College, B.A., 2006

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York Construction Materials Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Urban Land Institute

Present Activities

  • Amherst Republican Committee, Member
  • Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc., Volunteer
  • WNY United, Board of Directors

Past Activities

  • New York State Wireless Association Tradeshow Committee, Member
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law National Trial Team, Member
  • Saturn Club Historic Preservation Foundation Committee, Member
  • Nickel City Professionals Committee, Member
  • HSBC Riverside High School Mentoring Program, Student Mentor