Mr Fitzgerald has been an arbitrator and mediator (and has provided binding determinations) since 2002 and has acted as an arbitrator and mediator in Australia and overseas in relation to a wide range of disputes. Prior to that, he was a judge. He was the inaugural President of the Qld Court of Appeal and has also served as a judge of the NSW Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of the ACT. In addition, he has conducted three public inquiries, including a major inquiry into official corruption in Queensland. He has been a QC for more than 40 years. He has held many public offices, details of which are set out in his cv. He is an honorary professor at Griffith University, was a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School and the inaugural Chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast and holds honorary doctorates from three universities. He is a Companion of the Order of Australia.