Attorney Ann Fitz
Ann Fitz has over 15 years of experience as a federal criminal trial and appellate attorney. She began her career as a prosecutor in 2003 and started her own boutique federal criminal defense practice in 2007.
In addition to representing privately retained clients, she served for 7 years as a Panel Attorney in conjunction with the Federal Defender's Office under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) in Atlanta and Los Angeles, where she gained an immense amount of experience representing appointed clients charged with everything from defrauding the federal government to drug trafficking to gang cases. She has continued her public service by currently serving as a CJA Panel Attorney in the West Palm Beach, Ft. Pierce, and Fort Lauderdale divisions of 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 furthered her interest by serving a judicial clerkship and working at the District Attorney's Office while in law school. Ms. Fitz 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.
Over the years, Ann Fitz 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 National Trial Lawyers, and other organizations.
Ms. 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.
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 has launched 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.
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 as a criminal attorney, Ms. Fitz has a diversified background of fighting for clients in select civil litigation, mediation and arbitration cases, including employment discrimination cases against the federal government, breach of contract disputes, and defending against copyright infringement charges by Warner Brothers. 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.
Outside of the courtroom, Ann Fitz 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.
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 never even indicted. She fought hard for me and what she believed was right. I had previously worked with two other attorneys on this case who were almost willing to let me accept a horrible and unjust plea deal. I took the case to Ann, she used my evidence to show the prosecutor that indicting this case was not in his best interest. Ann is extremely thorough, she will go through everything with a fine tooth comb to find the best possible solution for your case. She CARES. She spent hours on the phone and in person with me discussing my concerns and answering my questions. She is an extremely intelligent woman and very strategic. Ann is who you want on your side if you ever are in a difficult situation. She literally saved my life, my career and for that I am forever grateful to her! She is the best in South Florida. Hands down!
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