Newsmaker: Dan Fitzsimmons
Noteworthy: The state Supreme Court this month appointed him to the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness.
Residence: South Side
Occupation: Chief trial deputy at Allegheny County District Attorney's Office
Background: Fitzsimmons has been a prosecutor with the DA's office for 30 years, concentrating on complex criminal homicide cases. He supervises the activities, education and training of attorneys in the trial units. He served on the Supreme Court's Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, is a governor of the Allegheny County Bar Association and a fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. He is chair of the bar association's Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and in July, will become the first prosecutor to chair the bar association's Criminal Litigation Section.
Education: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and law degree, all from the University of Pittsburgh
Quote: “Members of the District Attorney's Office are responsible for ensuring that the trial process is fair and equitable to everyone involved. ... It is critical that prosecutors have a voice in and are able to give our perspective to the important work of the commission.”