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Hon. Holly B. Fitzsimmons

Hon. Holly B. Fitzsimmons

United States District Court, District of Connecticut
Magistrate Judge
Bridgeport, CT, USA


Judge Fitzsimmons was appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut on June 4, 1993. She is a 1971, magna cum laude, graduate of Smith College, where she majored in history and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1976, she received her Juris Doctor and a Master of Arts in Legal History from the University of Virginia. Before becoming a lawyer, she was a newspaper reporter.

Judge Fitzsimmons joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut in 1978 after two years at the firm of Robinson & Cole in Hartford. At the United States Attorney’s Office, she was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division (1978-82), Lead Attorney for the New England Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in Connecticut (1982-86), Assistant-in-Charge of the Bridgeport Office (1986-89), and Chief of Special Prosecutions and Senior Litigation Counsel (1989-93).

Judge Fitzsimmons has taught trial practice at Yale Law school since 1992. She is a member of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association and the Raymond Baldwin Inn of Court, and was a founding member of the Hartford Association of Women Attorneys. She received the Robert C. Zampano Award for excellence in Mediation.

Although Judge Fitzsimmons retired in April, 2015, she was recalled and continues to serve the court by trying civil cases, managing complex litigation, and conducting settlement conferences. She also serves as a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Financial Disclosure, and the SEcond Circuit Committees on History and Civic Engagement. She has also continued to teach at Federal Judicial Center programs for judges.

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