James E. Fitzgerald

Top rated alternative dispute resolution attorney in Encino, California

Fitzgerald Legal Consult, P.C.
James E. Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald Legal Consult, P.C.

Practice Areas: Alternative dispute resolution, Business litigation, Insurance coverage; view more

Licensed in California since: 1983

Education: Fordham University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2018
Virtual Appointments Free Consultation

Fitzgerald Legal Consult, P.C.

16350 Ventura Boulevard
Suite D802
Encino, CA 91436 Visit website


A seasoned and highly regarded civil litigation attorney for many years, James E. Fitzgerald now focuses his practice primarily on mediation, arbitration and trial consulting. The founder of Fitzgerald Legal Consult, P.C., he assists clients throughout the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area from the firm’s office in Encino.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Fitzgerald attended the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and in 1976, he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He then went on to enroll at Fordham University School of Law, graduating with his Juris Doctor in 1979. Following a stint with a New York City-based insurance and reinsurance law firm, Mr. Fitzgerald relocated to Los Angeles and served as a partner at several national and global law firms, where he expanded his practice from insurance law to include other complex civil trial cases. He founded his current firm in October 2020, and he is admitted to practice in both New York and California. Mr. Fitzgerald is additionally admitted to practice before several federal trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 9th Circuits.

Mr. Fitzgerald remains heavily involved in the insurance law area, handling such matters as bad faith and other types of coverage disputes. He has worked on cases involving a variety of policies, including wildfire, earthquake, life, professional liability and storm damage. In addition, Mr. Fitzgerald has represented attorneys, engineers, brokers and other professionals who are facing negligence claims, and he has handled breach of contract claims, business torts, securities law and fiduciary duty breaches. Among his many honors is an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. 

Practice areas

Alternative dispute resolution, Business litigation, Insurance coverage

Focus areas

Arbitration, Mediation, Trade secret, Non-compete agreements, Insurance, Bad faith insurance

  • 60% Alternative dispute resolution
  • 20% Business litigation
  • 20% Insurance coverage

First Admitted: 1980, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.fitzlegalconsult.com/biography

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Treasurer and Director, The Foundation for St. Cyril of Jerusalem School
  • Coach, St. Cyril of Jerusalem School Mock Trial Program Instructor in Public Speaking, St. Cyril of Jerusalem School
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • American Arbitration Association: Panelist, National Roster of Arbitrators
  • Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Trials, Depositions
  • Center for Civic Mediation, Executive Committee, 2010-2015
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) 
  • ARIAS (AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society) 
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association 
  • Member, California State Bar, 1983
  • Member, New York State Bar, 1980
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Judicial Assistance Settlement Program (JASOP) (1990’s) 
  • Panelist, American Arbitration Association National Roster of Arbitrators, 2021
  • Pepperdine University’s Strauss Institute for Mediation – “Mediating the Litigated Case”, 2021
  • Transformative Mediation by Dan Simon, 2020
  • Certified Arbitrator and Mediator by ARIAS (AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society), 2020
Educational Background:
  • BSBA, Georgetown University School of Business Administration, Washington, DC, 1976
  • Fordham University School of Law, JD degree, 1979
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Instruction on the Art and Science of the Trial Approach to Litigation - how and when to prepare for trial from the start of a case to successful resolution., Moderator, Panelist and Author, Webinar: "Preparation for Trial - The How and When", The Rutter Group, Trial Practice; Business Litigation; Complex Litigation; Personal Injury, 2022
  • Article for 2022 3rd Quarter ARIAS Magazine on the topic of how arbitrators and counsel handle evidentiary issues in arbitrations., Author, "Handling Evidence in Arbitrations", ARIAS (AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society), Insurance, Reinsurance, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitrations, 2022
  • Webinar on Mediation - addressing best practices for parties and counsel in preparing for and participating in mediations, to arrive at a meaningful means to resolve conflicts., Moderator, Panelist and Author, Rutter Group: Better Path to Mediations, The Rutter Group, Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute, 2021
  • ARIAS Webinar addressing how much arbitrators rely on and/or follow the law in deciding arbitration disputes., Moderator and Panelist, Arbitrators: How Much Does The Law Matter?, AIDA Reinsurance and Arbitration Society (ARIAS), Insurance, Reinsurance, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2021
Industry Groups:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Directors & Officers
  • Entertainment
  • Insurance
  • Professional Liability

Office location for James E. Fitzgerald

16350 Ventura Boulevard
Suite D802
Encino, CA 91436

Phone: 213-700-9535


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2018

Additional sources of information about James E. Fitzgerald

Attorney resources for James E. Fitzgerald

Page Generated: 0.10859894752502 sec