Attorney Ann Fitz
Attorney Ann Fitz has over 15 years of experience representing criminal defendants in federal court. She is a former homicide prosecutor, and in addition to her private practice, she served for 7 years as a federal Panel Attorney under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) in Atlanta and Los Angeles where she gained an immense amount of experience representing defendants charged with everything from defrauding the federal government to drug trafficking to gang cases. She currently serves as a CJA Panel Attorney in the Southern District of Florida.
Ms. Fitz's interest in criminal law began when she served as a juror on a vehicular homicide case while in college. She uses her unique third-person perspective to develop winning strategies and viable theories of defense. She is a seasoned federal criminal defense attorney who has represented individuals from a wide-range of backgrounds and has a passion for helping good people stuck in a bad situation.
Attorney Ann Fitz has handled numerous high-profile white collar crime, Internet-based crime and other criminal cases, including: a $25 million loan modification scheme; a $12 million tax fraud scheme; a $7 million Ponzi scheme; an identity theft and wire fraud scheme featured on an episode of CBS’s 48 Hours Mystery; the lead defendant in the Atlanta prosecution of the Black Mafia Family (BMF); constitutional challenges to the applicability of the Florida and Georgia sex offender registration laws; and arguing precedential cases in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition to her work as a white collar criminal defense attorney, Ms. Fitz has a diversified background of fighting for clients in civil litigation, mediation and arbitration cases, including: EEOC mediations; breach of contract disputes; defending against copyright infringement charges by Warner Brothers; FINRA arbitrations; and 2255 habeas petitions. She currently serves as an 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.
Attorney Ann Fitz 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 courts throughout Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Ms. Fitz was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2013, 2014 and 2016, an honor bestowed upon just 2% of all lawyers under the age of 40, and as a “Top 10 Under 40” criminal lawyer by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2014. In 2018 she was selected among America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys and in 2019 The National Trial Lawyers named her as a Top 100 Criminal Litigator.
Outside of the courtroom, Attorney Ann Fitz has provided her insights and opinions as a legal commentator on the Fox News Network, CNN, HLN, MSNBC, and appeared as a regular guest on truTV’s In Session (formerly CourtTV) from 2009-2011.
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 primetime news magazine 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.
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.
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 on her preparation of my case. She was up-front about her fees and did not nickle-and-dime every transaction. Highly recommend.
Ann was professional and thorough in her work, staying one step ahead of the other side during the entire case. I highly recommend her.
Excellent Result, GREAT LAWYER & GREAT PERSON ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I was seriously concerned of the possibility of having a criminal conviction on my record, but I felt confident after my first meeting with Ann that she would help me out, and I was able to stop worrying. She explained everything to me very thoroughly and answered all of my questions and concerns. She did not sugarcoat the legal problems that I was faced with. I did not feel like I was just one of many clients, but that she really did take a personal interest in my case. Ann is extremely knowledgeable, confident, and has an in-depth understanding of the how the legal system works. She spent a lot of time with me reviewing the circumstances and getting information to defend me. She was very patient! I know she also spent a lot of time and effort talking to witnesses, even those who were against me. She can be super aggressive, and she is a real fighter. She really worked hard for me. I truly believe that I received more than my money's worth. I will never be able to express how relieved I was with the results when it was over with. My entire family will be forever grateful for Ann's efforts.
Federal Criminal Law ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Ann is efficient, caring, and knows the law. I wouldn't go to any other attorney.
Federal Fraud Client ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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 from best case to worst case scenario. She negotiated a really good deal for me and at sentencing really fought hard for the lowest sentence I could get. Ann is a great attorney, I would recommend her to anyone.
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.
- Criminal Defense
- Criminal Law - Federal (White Collar Crime)
- Federal Criminal Defense
- Insurance Fraud
- Internet Crimes
- Mail Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Immigration Fraud
- Tax Fraud
- Credit Card Fraud
- Health Care Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
- Public Corruption
State Bar Admissions
- 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
Federal Appellate Court Admissions
- 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
- 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
- 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
- Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia, May, 2003 J.D.
- Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, May, 1999 B.A. Major: English Major: Communications Studies
Classes and Seminars
- Trends in Corporate Crime, Institute of Continuing Legal Education
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Federal Bar Association, Palm Beach Chapter
- Palm Beach County Bar Association
- Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- 2013 Rising Star, Super Lawyers
- 2014 Rising Star, Super Lawyers
- 2014 Top 10 Under 40, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- 2016 Rising Star, Super Lawyers
- 2018 America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
- 2019 The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Criminal Litigator
- Ann Fitz has represented clients from a variety of professional backgrounds including lawyers, doctors, federal employees, law enforcement officers, and real estate, banking and financial professionals.
- 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