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Patrick M. Hanlon
Research Fellow


Patrick M. Hanlon received a doctorate in political science from Harvard University in 1974 and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1976. After a year clerking for Chief Judge Irving R. Kaufman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, he joined Shea & Gardner in Washington DC. For the next 30 years he practiced as a litigator at Shea & Gardner and (after a merger in 2004) Goodwin Procter, concentrating in complex litigation, class actions, and mass toxic and environmental torts. From 2008 through 2011 he was on the faculty of Boalt Hall, where he taught torts and professional responsibility. In 2012 he joined Stanford as a Research Fellow at the Center on the Legal Profession, where he is studying the impact of globalization and technology on the world of “Big Law.” Hanlon has a special interest in examining the forces that that have led to an unprecedented number of law firm failures in recent years.