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Sidney Fitzwater

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Sidney Fitzwater
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   3/19/1986 - Present
Chief:   2007 - Present
Preceded by:   Robert Hill
Past post:   Texas District 298, District Judge
Past term:   1982 - 1986
Personal History
Born:   1953
Hometown:   Olney, MD
Undergraduate:   Baylor U., B.A., 1975
Law School:   Baylor U. School of Law, J.D., 1976

Sidney Allen Fitzwater is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He joined the court in 1986 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Fitzwater is the Chief Judge of the court, serving as the Court's highest administrative officer in conjunction with the Clerk of Court.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Olney, Maryland, Fitzwater graduated from Baylor University with his bachelor's degree in 1975 and with his Juris Doctor degree in 1976.[1]

Professional career

Fitzwater was a private practice attorney in the State of Texas from 1976 to 1982. Fitzwater was appointed to District Court Judge in the 298th Judicial District Court of Texas representing Dallas County from 1982 to 1986.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Texas

On the recommendation of Texas U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, Fitzwater was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas by President Ronald Reagan on January 29, 1986 to a seat vacated by Robert Hill. Fitzwater was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 18, 1986 and received commission on March 19, 1986.[1]

Notable cases

Verizon/MetroPCS case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Judge Fitzwater was the presiding judge in a contract dispute case between MetroPCS and Virgin Mobile. The lawsuit alleged that MetroPCS interfered with Virgin's contracts to use Virgin phones on MetroPCS. Even though the contract dispute was thrown out, the judge allowed Virgin to seek further litigation on copyright litigation.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Robert Hill
Northern District of Texas
1986–Current
Seat #6
Succeeded by:
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