John Fitzpatrick, a former concert pianist and Army Airborne Ranger, began his legal career in 1981 with the U.S. Army JAG Corps as a prosecutor trying criminal cases in Colorado. He became the 8th Army Division's Chief Prosecutor in South Korea in 1983 and was selected to be the senior medical malpractice attorney for the U.S. Army Tort Branch at the Pentagon in1986, where he tried 12 civil cases to verdict in federal courts across the country before entering private practice in Richmond, Virginia in 1988.
Over the next 20 years, "Fitz" developed a reputation as the "go-to" trial attorney for high-exposure cases for both national and local clients. Whether the case involves claims of product defects in aviation, asbestos, pharmaceuticals or medical devices, high-exposure birth-trauma claims in medical malpractice, or chemical releases of toxic substances, Fitz has an unparalleled record of success with high-exposure cases. He has tried in excess of 200 cases to verdict in 30 states and obtained defense verdicts in the vast majority of them.
Fitz moved to Colorado in 2007 to join the national litigation firm of Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell. He quickly became known locally as a respected national trial lawyer when his peers selected him as one of Colorado's Super Lawyers in 2008 and 2009. He was chosen a Law Week Colorado "Lawyer of the Year" for 2008. Also, in 2008, General Electric's Asbestos Section of the Environmental Law Division named Fitz GE's "Outside Counsel of the Year."