M. Patrick Yingling

Associate

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2011, J.D., cum laude, University of Pittsburgh Law Review - Senior Articles Editor; Order of the Barristers; John H. Morgan Memorial Scholarship; CALI Award for Excellence in Criminal Procedure, Advanced Legal Writing, and Federal Appellate Advocacy; Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Team; Study Abroad - Bucerius Law School, Germany (2009) and University of Bologna, Italy (2010)
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany), 2008, Study – Geschichte (History) and Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German as a Foreign Language), Baden-Württemberg Scholarship
  • Bucknell University, 2007, B.S., cum laude, Management, Dean's List; Patriot League Academic Honor Roll; Men's Golf Team; Student Calling Program Manager

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • State Supreme Court - Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania

Languages

  • German

Patrick joined Reed Smith’s Appellate Group in 2013 following a clerkship with Judge D. Michael Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to his clerkship, Patrick taught as a visiting lecturer at Moi University School of Law in Eldoret, Kenya.

As a member of the firm’s Appellate Group, Patrick has briefed a variety of appeals in federal and state court. He has also developed an extensive pro bono practice, representing clients in civil rights proceedings, protection from abuse matters, and name change hearings.

Patrick’s legal scholarship focuses on appellate procedure, disability law, social media in the courtroom, comparative constitutional law, and government corruption. Notably, he has spoken at conferences and symposia throughout the United States on the transformative nature of corruption in developing legal systems, and his work has been published in the Cleveland State Law Review, Duquesne Law Review, University of Baltimore Journal of International Law, U.S. Law Week, BNA, Jurist, and Corporate Counsel.

Patrick is a member of the Affiliates Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee for the American Society of Comparative Law. He contributes regularly to a feature titled “What’s New in Comparative Public Law” on I·CONnect, the blog of the International Journal of Comparative Law and ConstitutionMaking.org. Additionally, Patrick often serves as a judge for moot court competitions at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Employment History

  • 2013 - Reed Smith
    • Originally joined in 2012; Summer Associate in 2010
  • 2012 - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • Law Clerk to the Honorable D. Michael Fisher
  • 2011 - Moi University School of Law (Eldoret, Kenya)
    • Visiting Lecturer
  • 2010 - U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
    • Judicial Intern to the Honorable Nora Barry Fischer
  • 2009 - U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
    • Judicial Intern to the Honorable Donetta W. Ambrose

Clerkships

  • Honorable D. Michael Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of Comparative Law – Member of Affiliates Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee
  • Third Circuit Bar Association

Interests

Patrick enjoys golf, tennis, politics, reading and travel.