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Ann Fitz

Attorney Ann Fitz

Attorney Ann Fitz has 20 years of experience as a federal criminal attorney and appellate practice attorney.  She began her career as a prosecutor in 2003 and started her own federal criminal defense practice in 2007.  She is devoted to protecting the rights of the accused in federal court and working with her clients to develop sound defense strategies to achieve their particularized goals. Ann has represented financial, health care and real estate professionals, law enforcement officers, federal employees, doctors and lawyers in her long and successful career. She represents clients in federal courts throughout the country for criminal matters related to health care fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, identity theft, embezzlement, public corruption, insurance fraud and other white collar crimes.

Ann graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999, double-majoring in English and Communication Studies, then attended Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, earning her Juris Doctor degree in 2003.

She is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, where she serves on the Appellate Practice Committee and the Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Committee.  She is also a member of the Henry Morrison Flagler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), which works to benefit veterans and Gold Star families.

Ann has previously served as a federal Panel Attorney under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) in Atlanta and Los Angeles, and she is currently a CJA Panel Attorney in the Southern District of Florida for the West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and Ft. Pierce divisions.  She is a member of the Southern District of Florida's Ad Hoc CJA Panel Selection Committee and the Prosecution/Defense Liaison Committee.

Over the years, Ann has proven herself as a reputable criminal attorney by handling numerous high-profile white collar cases with skill and a no-nonsense approach.   She has been recognized as a leader in federal criminal defense by Super Lawyers, the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Association of Distinguished Counsel, and other organizations.

Her distinctive accomplishments in criminal defense have been featured in numerous nationally well-known publications and media outlets including Rolling Stone Magazine, Wired Magazine, CBS's 48 Hours Mystery and NBC's Nightly News. She is a chapter author for the Lexis-Nexis Practice Guide: Georgia Criminal Law and has served as a seminar speaker on the topic of white collar crime.

In addition to her work in criminal defense, Ann has represented clients in select civil litigation, mediation and arbitration cases, including employment discrimination cases against the federal government and breach of contract disputes. She currently serves as a Public Arbitrator for FINRA, where she is responsible for listening to both sides of securities-related disputes, weighing the facts and evidence, and rendering final and binding decisions.


Federal criminal defense, criminal appellate and post-conviction relief attorney Ann Fitz on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ann Fitz is Licensed in Multiple Jurisdictions

Ann is licensed in numerous states and federal jurisdictions, including all federal district courts in Florida.  She has prepared motions and briefs in the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Circuits, as well as the United States Supreme Court, and has represented clients in federal district courts throughout Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Ann Fitz is Experienced in Handling High-Profile Cases

Federal criminal attorney Ann Fitz is top-rated and handles high profile criminal cases.

Some of her notable cases include a $25 million loan modification scheme, a $12 million tax fraud scheme, and a $7 million Ponzi scheme.  She represented a client who was listed on the top-ten most-wanted list in a fraud and identity theft case featured on an episode of CBS's 48 Hours Mystery, as well as the lead defendant in the Atlanta prosecution of the Black Mafia Family (BMF).  She successfully sued Morgan Stanley on behalf of a retired employee, causing the brokerage to overhaul their retirement program.  And she has raised novel constitutional challenges to the applicability of the Florida and Georgia sex offender registration laws to individuals who, she argued, were exempt from registration, changing the law in Georgia and presenting precedent-setting issues to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Federal criminal attorney Ann Fitz is a legal analyst on cable news television.

Ann Fitz is Called Upon as a Cable News Legal Analyst

Ann has proven herself to be media-savvy in the representation of high-profile clients, advocating for the defense in the "court of public opinion" when appropriate.  Outside of the courtroom, she has been sought-after to provide her insights and opinions as a legal commentator on the Fox News Network, CNN, HLN, and MSNBC, and appeared as a regular guest on truTV's In Session (formerly CourtTV) from 2009-2011.


  •  Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia, May, 2003 J.D.
  • Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, May, 1999 B.A. Double-Major: English, Communications Studies

Bar Admissions

 State Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • New York
  • California (inactive)
  • Ohio (inactive)
  • South Carolina (inactive)
Federal District Court Admissions
  • Southern District of Florida
  • Middle District of Florida
  • Northern District of Florida
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • Middle District of Georgia
  • Southern District of Georgia
  • Central District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Western District of Tennessee
  • District of South Carolina
  • Southern District of New York
Federal Appellate Court Admissions
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2013)
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2014)
  • Top 10 Under 40, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (2014)
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2016)
  • America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Criminal Litigator
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Published Works

  • Chapter Author, Persse et al., Georgia Criminal Practice Guidebook (Matthew Bender) Chapter 1: Criminal Jurisdiction (2012)
  • Chapter Author, Persse et al., Georgia Criminal Practice Guidebook (Matthew Bender) Chapter 14: Appeals (2012)


  • Nuts and Bolts of Business LawTrends in White Collar Crime,  Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2008)
  •  Constitution Day Keynote Speaker, Keiser University, Pembroke Pines, Florida (2020)

Volunteer Activities

  • National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, Henry Morrison Flagler Chapter
  • Ad Hoc CJA Panel Selection Committee Member
  • Prosecution/Defense Liaison Committee Member
  • FINRA Public Arbitrator

Professional Associations

  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
    • Appellate Practice Committee (2023-2024)
    • Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Committee (2023-2024)
  • Federal Bar Association, Palm Beach Chapter

Recent Blog Posts


  • Brilliant Attorney!

    “Working with Ann Fitz was the best choice I could have ever made. I was facing multiple counts of federal charges, including healthcare fraud, obstruction of justice and money laundering. Ann took the time to look at the facts in my case and push back on the prosecutors to the point that I was n...
  • Highly recommended

    “Ann is knowledgeable and professional. She spent whatever time I needed to understand what the law was, what she was doing, and why. I felt very comfortable dealing with her. She handled my case very well and achieved an excellent result. She promptly returned phone calls and kept me up-to-date ...
  • I Would Recommend Her To Anyone!

    “I can not say enough good things about Ann. I was charged with a very serious federal crime and looking at between 20-30 years. Ann was recommended to me and was the third attorney I hired for my case. She was there for me and my family throughout the whole process and informed me of everything ...
  • Don’t Trust Your Future and Freedom to Just Anyone

    If you are under federal investigation, have been indicted on federal criminal charges, or are challenging a federal conviction on appeal, you need a dedicated and knowledgeable federal criminal attorney fighting for you. The lead attorney at the Law Office of Ann Fitz has been fighting to prote...
  • Great attorney

    “Ann Fitz is very professional. Client-oriented. Willing to do everything possible under the law to protect and defend her client. Overall, she is a very direct, straightforward (no sugar-coating) attorney. She is also a very beautiful human being. Ann is efficient, caring, and knows the law. I w...
  • Ann is a Rockstar!

    “I am blessed to have been referred to Ann to deal with my situation. I had been convicted of a crime in another state and did my punitive and civil responsibility. The State of Florida did not recognize certain aspects of the completion of the judgement. Ann convinced the other state to seal the...
  • Tough and Trustworthy

    “Ann is smart, knowledgeable, tough in court, and extremely trustworthy. She represented me in a federal case and did everything she said she was going to do, and then some. She gave me my options and worked to achieve the goals we set out together. I would highly recommend her.”
  • Customer Service, Quality, Timeliness

    "Everything has been wonderful. Ms. Fitz is on the ball at all times! If I have a question, I get a reply within that day, usually within hours! Thank you!!"

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