• University of Notre Dame, B.S. mechanical engineering (2016) summa cum laude
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. (2021) magna cum laude, Order of the Coif


  • Illinois

Ryan Fitzgerald


Ryan Fitzgerald is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Chicago office, where he works on both patent prosecution and patent litigation matters.

Ryan’s experience includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications for various subject matters, including medical devices, HVAC systems, and other mechanical and electro-mechanical devices. Additionally, Ryan has experience performing legal research on a variety of intellectual property issues, including patent claim construction, trademarks, and data privacy.

During law school, Ryan served as a student legal writing instructor for the first-year legal writing program, helping teach students foundational legal research and writing skills. Ryan was a note and comment editor for the Minnesota Law Review. Ryan’s student note detailing the legal standard of Article III standing for PTAB petitioners at the Federal Circuit was published in the Minnesota Law Review. Additionally, Ryan served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Chief District Judge John R. Tunheim at the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota,  where he gained valuable insights into the practices and procedures of federal court litigation.

Before starting his legal career, Ryan was a product development engineer in the global engine engineering group of a U.S. multinational automobile manufacturer, where he served as a design and release engineer for the fuel rail system of a large displacement gasoline engine and a systems engineer for an emissions component of small and midsize turbocharged engines.


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member