Mr. Fitch recently represented our company in a complex international arbitration case involving the unlawful termination of a license agreement by a listed USA corporation. This recently settled and included a multi-million dollar payment to us.
We unreservedly recommend the services of Sally & Fitch LLP, and especially Jonathan Fitch.
Mr. Fitch was brought into the arbitration process after it had already commenced, and I would say we were in negative territory before his team joined in.
As a client, we are highly opinionated individuals with considerable experience in our industry, who initially held all the in-depth knowledge of the case. We had already recruited other highly experienced top lawyers, located throughout the world, to work on other aspects of the case. One of the main challenges of this arbitration process was to manage and effectively harness the knowledge and expertise of both us as the client and our other global lawyers. We had previously experienced legal direction where the strategy seemed more for the lead lawyer to establish his top dog status with us than to focus on the best way to win the case. In contrast, Mr. Fitch managed our complex group remarkably well.
Jonathan Fitch initially comes across as a quiet and considered individual. He listens, absorbs detail and opinions, and then makes convincing recommendations and decisions that get right to the heart of the issues. In proceedings, Jonathan is a completely different personality. It feels almost like you are watching Dr. Jekyll transform into Mr. Hyde. Before seeing him in action I had thought that all the best litigation lawyers were simply alpha pitbulls. In Jonathan Fitch, I saw all the key qualities we needed in one person without the other difficulties. For this arbitration Jonathan Fitch came up against top arbitration lawyers, this was a hard fought issue on both sides involving very material sums of money. Jonathan not only held his own, he walked all over the opposition. The result shows simply how good he is.
Our final recommendation comes from our position as an international client. It is not always easy to understand different cultures and attitudes, and we do not fit the typical corporate mould. Sally & Fitch LLP were an excellent firm to work with. Sally & Fitch LLP worked very effectively within international time zones, making themselves available at times that suited the client needs, and were willing to travel for client meetings.