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.