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Douglas FitzMorris is a litigation partner and veteran trial attorney who devotes his practice almost exclusively to the counseling and defense of physicians, hospitals, nurses, chiropractors, dentists, and other health care professionals in malpractice litigation and trials.

Over the past 25 years, Mr. FitzMorris has tried over 100 cases to verdict, and routinely handles cases with multimillion dollar exposure. Mr. FitzMorris completed a rigorous undergraduate pre-med program, allowing him to comprehend and coordinate complex medical issues and develop successful defense strategies. This expertise also proves invaluable in formulating expert witness support and planning defense strategy, as well as executing an effective cross-examination of opposing expert witnessses.   

Mr. FitzMorris previously served for 12 years in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. While assigned to the Superior Court Trial Division, he served as Deputy Chief of the Homicide Bureau under District Attorney Jeanine Pirro. Mr. FitzMorris had previously served as Deputy Chief of the Career Criminal Bureau under District Attorney Carl Vergari. During his tenure, Mr. FitzMorris successfully prosecuted many noteworthy homicides and other serious felony offenses. While attending Brooklyn Law School, Mr. FitzMorris clerked for the Honorable Thomas C. Platt of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and interned with the Office of the United States Attorney, Criminal Division, under the Hon. Raymond J. Dearie. Mr. FitzMorris has been an invited speaker on various topics at seminars sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York State Inspector General’s Office, and the Yonkers Police Department. He has also lectured physicians and hospital staff on risk-management and medical-legal matters.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 90%
    19 years
  2. Litigation: 10%
    32 years


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  • Philip J. Scolieri

    I strongly endorse Doug as a leading attorney in his field of medical malpractice. i met Doug at a lawyers conference and was impressed with his integrity and knowledge in his field.


    Philip Scolieri Business Attorney
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  • Ivette Gonzalez

    I endorse this lawyer. I recently met Douglas at a conference in Orlando, Florida and I was instantly confident that I was dealing with a true professional, extremely knowledgeable in his field that is why I am happy to endorse him!


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Contact info

Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP

120 Broadway
New York, NY, 10271


NYCurrently registered 198503/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 1% Medical Malpractice Trial CounselMedicalMalpractice.org2012
New York Super Lawyers - Metro EditionSuper Lawyers2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Superior Court Trial DivisionWestchester County District Attorney1984 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Professional Liability Defense FederationN/A2010 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2004 - Present
New York Medical Defense Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Westchester County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
LeMoyne CollegeBiologyBS - Bachelor of Science1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Yonkers Police DepartmentUnknownN/A
New York State Inspector General’s OfficeUnknownN/A
Federal Bureau of InvestigationUnknownN/A