As special counsel for the Department of Justice, Patrick Fitzgerald has taken on some of the world's most influential people by trying to uncover who divulged the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The matter encompasses the very reasons for the war in Iraq, while also striking at the heart of freedoms protected by the Constitution. For those reasons, Fitzgerald -- alternately described as exacting, thorough, obsessive and mellow -- is The National Law Journal's 2005 Lawyer of the Year.
Lawyer of the Year: Patrick Fitzgerald
The National Law Journal
December 21, 2005