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M. Patrick Yingling

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)
  • 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
  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • All State Courts - Pennsylvania
  • All State Courts - Illinois
  • 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
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania

Languages

  • German

Patrick Yingling focuses his appellate practice on financial services litigation, the False Claims Act, and class actions. He has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and briefed cases on appeal in federal and state courts across the country. In addition, Patrick has authored numerous amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Patrick graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Law Review. Prior to joining Reed Smith, he taught as a Visiting Lecturer at Moi University School of Law in Kenya and clerked for Judge D. Michael Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

In addition to his commercial work, Patrick has developed an extensive pro bono practice. Notably, he successfully litigated two landmark same-sex marriage cases: In re Estate of Kimberly M. Underwood (recognizing the country’s first common law same-sex marriage through a retroactive application of Obergefell v. Hodges) and Estate of Bernard O. Wilkerson (recognizing a common law same-sex marriage as of July 4, 1990—the earliest known same-sex marriage in the country). Patrick’s pro bono civil rights practice also has involved representation of clients in police excessive force controversies, landlord-tenant disputes, transgender name change matters, death penalty cases, and international child abduction disputes.

Patrick has written extensively on appellate procedure and authored numerous academic works on public corruption and civil disobedience. He has spoken at conferences and symposia throughout the United States and abroad, 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 the Chair of the Affiliates Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee for the American Society of Comparative Law. He also serves on the Newsletter Committee of the Third Circuit Bar Association, which edits and publishes the quarterly newsletter "On Appeal."

Employment History

  • 2013 - Reed Smith
    • Associate in Appellate Litigation
  • 2012 - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • Law Clerk to the Honorable D. Michael Fisher
  • 2012 - Reed Smith
    • Associate in Commercial Litigation
  • 2011 - Moi University School of Law (Eldoret, Kenya)
    • Visiting Lecturer
  • 2010 - Reed Smith
    • Summer Associate
  • 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