Selected in 2013, 2014 and 2016 as a Top-Rated Defense Attorney by Super Lawyers
Ann Fitz is a federal criminal defense attorney who has handled many high-profile cases and focuses her practice on white collar crime. She prides herself in treating each case with care and consideration, recognizing that each client and circumstance is unique. Her extensive experience as a trial lawyer involving many complex issues has resulted in an ability to develop viable theories of defense and a strong record of success.
Ms. Fitz was raised by a single mother who was a professional in the securities industry. As a teenager, she fondly recalls attending shareholders meetings and visiting the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Boardroom, and credits her background for her interest in white collar crime. When she served as a juror on a vehicular homicide case in college she discovered her calling as a trial lawyer and began her career as a felony prosecutor for the State of Georgia.
As a defense attorney, Ms. Fitz has represented clients in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, New York, California, and New Jersey. Her experience includes 7 years of working as a Panel Attorney under the Federal Criminal Justice Act (CJA) in conjunction with the Federal Defender's Office in Atlanta and Los Angeles where she developed a proficiency in federal court representing defendants charged in cases ranging from fraud and public corruption to gang cases involving drug trafficking and extortion. She has handled numerous high-profile white collar criminal cases, including cases involving a $25 million mortgage modification scheme, a $12 million tax fraud scheme, and a $7 million securities fraud Ponzi scheme.
Ms. Fitz also has experience in civil litigation and administrative law, representing federal and state employees who have been subject to a hostile work environment and suffered adverse employment actions based on illegal discrimination; representing individuals and private corporations in breach of contract disputes; pursuing personal injury claims on behalf of victims; fighting against copyright infringement charges by Warner Brothers on behalf of individuals selling items on eBay; and, raising claims on behalf of an individual against a securities firm through FINRA arbitration.
In addition to trial court litigation, Ms. Fitz has helped a number of convicted defendants challenge their sentences and convictions in federal appellate courts. 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. Her hard work was instrumental in amending Georgia's sex offender registration law to allow for individuals not convicted of an underlying sexual offense to be removed from the sex offender registry and in establishing a clear definition of what constitutes criminal liability in federal child pornography cases through the use of computer forensics.
Ms. Fitz's distinctive legal accomplishments have been featured in nationally known publications and media outlets including Rolling Stone Magazine, Wired Magazine, CBS's 48 Hours Mystery and NBC's Nightly News. Among her accolades, she was nominated and selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014, and 2016, and was named a Top 10 Attorney Under 40 by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2014.
Outside of the courtroom, Ms. Fitz has appeared as a legal analyst for cable news networks, providing her insights and opinions on the Fox News Network, CNN, HLN, and MSNBC, and she appeared as a regular guest on truTV's In Session (formerly CourtTV) from 2009-2011.
Ann Fitz is a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney in West Palm Beach focusing on White Collar Crime.
United States District Courts
Southern District of Florida
Middle District of Florida
Northern District of Georgia
Middle District of Georgia
Southern District of Georgia
Central District of California
Southern District of California
District of South Carolina
Western District of Tennessee
United States Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia,
Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina,
Courtroom sketch of Ann Fitz arguing her case to the jury in federal court.
Chapter Author, Persse et. al.,
Lexis Nexis Practice Guide: Georgia Criminal Law (Lexis Nexis), 2012,
Chapter 1: Criminal Jurisdiction; Chapter 14: Appeals
Article Author and Seminar Speaker,
Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Law, (Institute of Continuing Legal Education), 2008,
Trends in Corporate Crime
Article Author, Federal Lawyer Magazine, 2007,
Judicial Profile, Honorable Beverly B. Martin