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Ann Fitz

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Practice Areas

  • White Collar Criminal Defense 65%
  • Federal Criminal Appeals and Post-Conviction 35%

Biography

As a white collar criminal defense attorney with almost 20 years of experience in federal court, Ann Fitz 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 every federal court in Florida 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.

Ms. Fitz is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Palm Beach Chapter of the Federal Bar Association the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. In 1999, she graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double-majoring in English and Communication Studies, then attended Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law and earned her Juris Doctor degree in 2003. She is a former prosecutor and was selected to serve as a federal Panel Attorney under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) in Atlanta and Los Angeles. She is currently a CJA attorney in the Southern District of Florida.

In addition to her work in criminal defense, Ms. Fitz 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.

Along with Florida, Ms. Fitz is admitted to practice in the states of New York, Georgia, California, Ohio, and South Carolina. She is also admitted before a long list of a federal district courts and federal appellate courts. In addition to her selection as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2013, 2014 and 2016, she was named a Top 100 Criminal Litigator by The National Trial Lawyers in 2019, one of America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2018, and a Top 10 Under 40 by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2014.

A published author, Ms. Fitz has written for the Lexis Nexis Criminal Practice Guidebook and has taught for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. She has been featured as a legal commentator on MSNBC, HLN, CNN and the Fox News Network, and her high-profile cases have been featured prominently in the media, including in Rolling Stone Magazine and Wired Magazine, and on CBS's 48 Hours Mystery and NBC's Nightly News.

Education

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

Bar Admission

  • Georgia, 2003
  • New York, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2009
  • United States Supreme Court, 2008
  • Florida, 2018
  • Ohio, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • California, 2012

Published Works

  • Corporate Crime: Trends in Liability in the Aftermath of Enron, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2007
  • 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

Honors

  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2014, 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Litigator, The National Trial Lawyers

Classes & Seminars

  • Corporate Crime, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2007 to 2007
  • Nuts and Bolts of Business Law, Trends in White Collar Crime, Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2008 to 2008
  • Constitution Day Keynote Speaker, Keiser University, Pembroke Pines, Florida, 2020 to 2020

Pro-Bono Activities

  • National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, Henry Morrison Flagler Chapter

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi

Professional Associations

  • National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 to 2013
  • Federal Bar Association, 2005 to Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2018 to Present
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Federal Bar Association, Palm Beach Chapter
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Current Position

  • Attorney

Languages

  • English