Attorney Bio

Experienced and Dedicated Federal Defense Attorney Fighting For You

Ann Fitz has handled many high-profile cases and specializes in federal crime.  She prides herself in treating each case with care and consideration, recognizing that each client and circumstance is unique.  No case is too big or too small.  Her extensive experience as a trial lawyer in complex cases has resulted in a strong success record and a professional reputation you can trust.

Ms. Fitz's interest in criminal law began when she served as a juror on a vehicular homicide case while in college.  She is a former prosecutor, starting her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for the State of Georgia and working as a homicide prosecutor in South Carolina.

As a defense attorney, Ms. Fitz has represented clients throughout Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, New York, California, and New Jersey.  She was appointed as a Panel Attorney under the Federal Criminal Justice Act in the Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta) from 2006-2010 and in the Central District of California (Los Angeles) from 2012-2013, and gained tremendous experience in those positions representing defendants charged in cases ranging from fraud and public corruption to RICO and organized crime.

Ms. Fitz also has experience in civil litigation and administrative law, representing federal and state employees who have been subject to a hostile work environment and wrongfully terminated based on illegal discrimination; defending principals of small corporations in breach of contract disputes; pursuing personal injury claims on behalf of victims; and, fighting against copyright infringement charges brought by Warner Brothers on behalf of individuals unknowingly selling counterfeit items on eBay.

Expanded Bio

Industry Recognition

Ms. Fitz's distinctive legal accomplishments have been featured in nationally well-known publications and media outlets including Rolling Stone Magazine, Wired Magazine, CBS's 48 Hours Mystery, and NBC's Nightly News.  Among her accolades, she was nominated and selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014, and 2016, an honor bestowed upon just 2% of all lawyers under the age of 40, and was named a Top 10 Attorney Under 40 by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2014.

Appellate Work

In addition to trial court litigation, Ms. Fitz has helped a number of convicted defendants challenge their sentences and convictions in the state and federal appellate courts.  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.  Her hard work was instrumental in amending Georgia's sex offender registration law to allow for removal from the registry and in establishing a clear definition of what constitutes criminal liability in federal child pornography cases, and led to her selection as a chapter author for the Lexis Nexis Practice Guide: Georgia Criminal Law in 2012.

Legal Analyst

Outside of the courtroom, Ms. Fitz has appeared as a legal analyst for cable news networks, providing her insights and opinions on the Fox News Network, CNN, HLN, and MSNBC, and she appeared as a regular guest commentator on truTV's In Session (formerly CourtTV) from 2009-2011.  Some of the trials she has covered in the media include the Phil Spector murder trial, the Duke lacrosse rape case, the Conrad Murray/Michael Jackson homicide trial, the Warren Jeffs/FLDS Church polygamy trial, and the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case.

Education

Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, 1999 B.A. Double-Major: English/Communications

Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia, 2003 J.D.

Bar Admissions

States

  • Georgia, 2003
  • New York, 2010
  • California, 2012 (inactive)
  • Ohio, 2014 (inactive)
  • South Carolina, 2016 (inactive)

Federal District Courts

  • Northern District of Georgia, 2006
  • Middle District of Georgia, 2007
  • Western District of Tennessee, 2009
  • Central District of California, 2012
  • Southern District of California, 2012
  • Southern District of Georgia, 2015
  • District of South Carolina, 2016

Federal Courts of Appeal 

  • 11th Circuit, 2006  
  • 4th Circuit, 2009  
  • 9th Circuit, 2012
  • United States Supreme Court, 2008

Publications

Article Author and Speaker, Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Law (Institute of Continuing Legal Education), Trends in Corporate Crime, 2007

Article Author, The Federal Lawyer Magazine, Judicial Profile, 2007

Chapter Author, Persse et. al., Lexis Nexis Practice Guide: Georgia Criminal Law (Lexis Nexis), Chapter 1: Criminal Jurisdiction; Chapter 14: Appeals, 2012