Cathleen G. Fitch

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in San Diego, CA

Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne
 | 101 W Broadway, Suite 1700
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-209-3000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Professional Liability: Defense (50%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • General Litigation (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Swedish
Attorney Profile

An attorney with Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne, Cathleen (Cathy) G. Fitch assists clients with their legal matters in San Diego, California. She focuses on litigation defense, representing companies and businesses in claims involving professional liability, collections, the Americans with Disabilities Act, legal malpractice and business disputes at the trial and appellate level.

While working towards her undergraduate degree, Ms. Fitch attended Lund University, located in Sweden, and studied economics and Swedish. She then returned to the U.S. and graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She then attended the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where she served as an editor for the school's International and Comparative Law Review. Ms. Fitch received her Juris Doctor in 1980.

Over the last 30 years, Ms. Fitch has practiced in a number of legal areas involving litigation. She founded a law firm, and then later joined the law firm of Coughlan Semmer & Lipman, LLP, which became Coughlan Semmer Fitch & Pott, LLP. Ms. Fitch is a member of The American Bar Association, The State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association and the Welsch Inn of Court, and holds a certification as a legal malpractice law specialist.

Involvement in the legal community is important to Ms. Fitch. She teaches other attorneys about issues that include attorney-client relationships, malicious prosecution and legal malpractice; helped found a committee, and served on the committee as a chair on legal malpractice for the San Diego County Bar Association, and has written articles on malicious prosecution. Ms. Fitch is a member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego and was as an arbitrator for the fee arbitration panel of the San Diego County Bar Association.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Professional Liability (50%): Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Business Litigation (30%)

General Litigation (20%): Litigation

Focus Areas

Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Litigation


Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2018

Certificates and Credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization

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About Cathleen Fitch

Admitted: 1980, California

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Honors and Awards:

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Legal Malpractice Law Specialist

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California State Bar, 1980, 1980
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
  • Member, State Bar of California, Committee on the Administration of Justice, 1985 - 1987
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Chair, San Diego County Bar Association Committee on Legal Malpractice, 2002
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association Committee on Legal Malpractice

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Finance Committee - Feeding San Deigo (2015-2016)
  • Barrister in the Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Annual Meeting - recent topics in Malicious Prosecution, Speaker, 2011
  • Published Article entitled "Malicous Prosecution Case Sets a Trap for the Unwary", Author, LA Daily Journal, 2011
  • Chief Articles Editor of Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Hastings College of Law, 1980
  • NITA Deposition Skills Program and Lectures for the State Bar and Continuing Education Groups on the topics of Legal Malpractice, Malicious Prosecution, Professional Liability Insurance

Educational Background:

  • Hastings College of the Law, JD, 1980
  • University of Lund, Lund, Sweden, Economics and Swedish, 1975 - 1976
  • University of California at Davis, B.A. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude, 1977

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Legal
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Office Location for Cathleen G. Fitch

101 W Broadway
Suite 1700
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-209-3000


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Last Updated: 1/2/2018

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