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M. Patrick Yingling

M. Patrick Yingling


Practice Areas


  • 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)
  • University of Heidelberg, 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

  • All State Courts - Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit


  • German

Patrick joined Reed Smith’s Commercial Litigation Group in 2012 and, following a clerkship with Judge D. Michael Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, became a member of the firm’s Appellate Group in 2013. Prior to joining Reed Smith, he taught as a visiting lecturer at Moi University School of Law in Eldoret, Kenya.

Patrick has handled a variety of appeals in federal and state courts across the country and co-authored numerous amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, he has developed an extensive pro bono practice, representing clients in civil rights proceedings, same-sex marriage cases, death penalty controversies, protection from abuse matters, name change hearings, and landlord-tenant disputes.

Notably, Patrick represented a client pro bono in achieving recognition of the nation’s first same-sex common law marriage through a retroactive application of Obergefell v. Hodges. Also, in a death penalty case concerning the Governor of Pennsylvania’s constitutional power to issue reprieves, he successfully represented the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the NAACP, the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and the Jewish Social Policy Action Network in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Patrick’s legal scholarship focuses on appellate procedure, comparative law, and public corruption. He has spoken at conferences and symposia throughout the United States, and his work has been published in the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality, Dublin University Law Journal, Cleveland State Law Review, Duquesne Law Review, University of Baltimore Journal of International Law, U.S. Law Week, BNA, Jurist, Corporate Counsel, For The Defense, and The Legal Intelligencer.

Patrick is a member of the Affiliates Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee for the American Society of Comparative Law. He also serves as an academic associate at I·CONnect, the blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law and ConstitutionMaking.org, where he contributes to a feature titled “What’s New in Public Law.”

Employment History

  • 2013 - Reed Smith
    • 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


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