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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."


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 25%
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 25%
  3. Litigation: 25%
  4. Defective Products: 25%

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Contact info

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP

370 Seventeenth Street
Suite 4500
Denver, CO, 80202-5647


VAAuthorized to practice law198903/31/2016
INActive In Good Standing198107/03/2016
ILActive Out of State Lawyer - Permitted to PracticeUnknown05/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Personal Injury Defense: Medical MalpracticeColorado Super Lawyers2015
Product Liability - ColoradoBenchmark Litigation2015
Medical Malpractice - ColoradoBenchmark Litigation2015
Commercial Litigation - ColoradoBenchmark Litigation2015
Top 100Colorado Super Lawyers2015
Mass Tort/Class Action LitigationBest Lawyers2015
Product Liability - NationalChambers USA2015
Commercial Litigation - ColoradoChambers USA2015
Toxic Torts - NationalChambers USA2015
Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort DefenseThe Legal 500 United States2015
Mass Tort LitigationBest Lawyers in America2011
Personal Injury Defense: Medical MalpracticeColorado Super Lawyers2010
Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort DefenseThe Legal 500 United States2010
Commercial Litigation - ColoradoChambers USA2010
Mass Tort LitigationBest Lawyers in America2010
Product Liability - NationalChambers USA2010
Mass Tort LitigationBest Lawyers in America2009
Product Liability - NationalChambers USA2009
Commercial Litigation - ColoradoChambers USA2009
Personal Injury Defense: Medical MalpracticeColorado Super Lawyers2009
Commercial Litigation - ColoradoChambers USA2008
Product Liability - NationalChambers USA2008
Mass Tort LitigationBest Lawyers in America2008
Personal Injury Defense: Medical MalpracticeColorado Super Lawyers2008
Personal Injury Defense: ProductsVirginia Super Lawyers2007
Personal Injury Defense: Medical MalpracticeVirginia Super Lawyers2007
Mass Tort LitigationBest Lawyers in America2007
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
AV® Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
The Network of Trial Law FirmsMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
United States Military AcademyN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Endurance 2015 Healthcare SummitDon't Be Afraid of the Courtroom – Defend Good Medicine2015
Defense Asbestos Litigation SeminarNavy Claims and Documents2015
DRI Asbestos Medicine SeminarThe Post-OSHA Warnings Case2009
DRI Asbestos Medicine SeminarDoes Every Fiber Really Contribute?2009
Association of Corporate Counsel Colorado ChapterSelecting Outside Trial Counsel2007
The Network of Trial Law FirmsTough Cases, Tough Defenses and Great Results2004