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John M. Fitzpatrick

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

John Fitzpatrick ("Fitz") is a "go-to" trial attorney for high-exposure cases. Whether the case involves allegations of product defects in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, asbestos, or aviation, birth trauma or other catastrophic medical malpractice claims, or chemical releases of toxic substances, Fitz has an unparalleled record of success. He has tried over 220 cases to verdict in more than 30 states and obtained defense verdicts in the vast majority of them.

Just since joining WTO in 2007, Fitz has tried 30 cases to verdict in 10 states, including many of the desgnated judicial hellholes for corporate America, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Madison County, Illinois. He is national trial counsel to top companies such as General Electric, AT&T, Foster Wheeler, and Evenflo, and several major insurance companies in defending product liability, toxic tort, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims. Fitz lectures frequently to corporate counsel around the country on how to select experienced trial lawyers for high-exposure cases.

A former concert pianist and Army Airborne Ranger, Fitz began his legal career in 1981 with the U.S. Army JAG Corps as a prosecutor trying criminal cases in Colorado. He became the 8th Army Division's Chief Prosecutor in South Korea in 1983. He was selected to be the senior medical malpractice attorney for the U.S. Army Tort Branch at the Pentagon in 1986 where he tried 12 civil cases to verdict in federal courts across the country before entering private practice in Richmond, Virginia in 1988.

Universidad de FloresBS 1974United States Military Academy, West PointBS 1974University of Notre DameJ.D. 1981

Client Comments

"Fitz is fantastic. He delivers results in an efficient and cost effective manner. He is a true trial lawyer."

"Fitz is simply the best trial lawyer I have ever seen."

-Dave Willis
LMS National counsel to YUM Brands/Pizza Hut/Taco Bell/KFC

"John Fitzpatrick is a pleasure to watch in the court room. He is at his best when a judge and jury need his guidance most. "

-Henry King
Deputy General Counsel & Director, Environmental & Mass Tort
Electric Insurance Co.

"Fitz is one of the absolute best trial lawyers in the country."

-John Moore
Vice President
Swiss Reinsurance Americas Corporation

"John Fitzpatrick is one of the best trial attorneys I have encountered in my 16 years in the industry managing medical malpractice and device cases. He can easily communicate complex issues to a jury and point out the flaws in the plaintiff's case, doing so with compassion for the plaintiff's injury and a balance of humor. Juries love him! He is often called in by insurance carriers to defend their highest dollar cases, and he has demonstrated in numerous asbestos cases that his mere presence for a defendant often leads to dismissal for his client. He is attentive to his clients' needs, responsive to communications, and develops such an expertise on the subject matter he is defending that you would think he could practice medicine on the side. Several national carriers utilize him to evaluate cases already being defended by their local defense counsel, trusting that he can find additional experts or theories to fortify the defense. I would strongly recommend John Fitzpatrick to anyone needing the highest caliber trial attorney."

-Les Meredith
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Premier Insurance Management Services, Inc.

"John (AKA "Fitz") is one of a dieing breed of attorneys who lives to prepare for and try his lawsuits. He has handled some of our company's most difficult medical malpractice cases. He handles them with ease, with compassion, and with a will to win that is remarkable. His style and abilities inside the courtroom are both entertaining and persuasive. He knows the law, the facts, and the personal dynamics that assure success. His results have been compelling. Should we ever wish to clone any of our defense counsel, the mold would begin and end with Fitz. He is a lawyer's lawyer, a client's dream, and his opposition's worst nightmare. What a remarkable talent!"

-David Sousa
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Medical Mutual Insurance Company of NC

Office Location

370 Seventeenth Street, Suite 4500
Denver, CO 80202-5647
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants of the Denver Metro Area
John M. Fitzpatrick has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants (Asbestos, Environmental, Health Care, Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Toxic Tort)
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants (Birth Trauma, Brain Injury, Catastrophic Injury, Hospital Malpractice, Mass Tort, Medical Negligence, Nursing Homes, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death)
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Asbestos, Brain Injury, Catastrophic Injury, Insurance, Liability Litigation, Mass Tort, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Wrongful Death)
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (Asbestos, Insurance, Mass Tort, Medical Devices, Toxic Tort)
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (Medical Malpractice, Nursing Homes, Professional Liability)