Jonathan W. Fitch

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Boston, MA

Fitch Law Partners LLP
 | One Beacon Street, 16th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-542-5542
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • International (30%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (10%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

Jonathan W. Fitch, managing partner of Sally & Fitch LLP, has over 30 years of experience representing clients in complex domestic and international business disputes involving: international commercial agreements; intellectual property; technology license agreements; trademark and patent agreements; supply agreements; executive employment contracts; non-competition agreements; non-disclosure agreements; fiduciary duties; securities; commercial leases; commercial loan and mortgage agreements; construction contracts; coverage under policies of insurance; professional liability; interests in general and limited partnerships, closely held corporations and hedge funds; internal investigations; environmental contamination; fraud; fraudulent transfer; unfair or deceptive trade practices; unfair competition; product liability; business torts; and, trusts and estates.

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Mr. Fitch as a "Lawyer of the Year 2009." In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Fitch was named a "Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in a list published by the Thomson Reuters rating service in Boston Magazine. Mr. Fitch has been named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" annually since 2004. U.S. News and World Report listed Mr. Fitch in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2015, placing him in the top 4% of the lawyers in America according to its peer review process. Mr. Fitch has been ranked at the highest level of legal ability, AV Preeminent®, by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory® since 1984. He receives the rating of "Superb Attorney" by Avvo.

Mr. Fitch has tried many bench and jury trials in the federal and state trial courts of the Commonwealth. He has extensive experience as well as an advocate for clients in domestic and international arbitrations. Mr. Fitch has successfully used the process of mediation for resolving scores of cases that began in the courts or in arbitration.

Mr. Fitch also sits as an arbitrator in both domestic and international matters. He is a Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association® and of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution®.

Jonathan W. Fitch co-founded the firm in 1984 after beginning his career as a trial lawyer at Bingham, Dana & Gould. Mr. Fitch is a graduate of Williams College, (B.A., cum laude, 1974), Yale University, (M.P.P.M., 1978) and Boston College Law School, (J.D., 1982). He is admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (30%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

International (30%)

Intellectual Property Litigation (10%)

Estate & Trust Litigation (10%): Will Contests

Construction Litigation (10%): Construction Defects

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

Business Litigation: Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Estate & Trust Litigation: Will Contests

Construction Litigation: Construction Defects

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, Mediation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017

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About Jonathan Fitch

Admitted: 1982, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://www.fitchlp.com/Attorneys/Jonathan-W-Fitch.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2017
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2016-present
  • "Superb Attorney" rating by Avvo, 2010 – Present
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Highest level of legal ability, AV Preeminent®, by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory® 1984 to Present
  • "Lawyer of the Year 2009.", Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution®, Arbitrator
  • American Arbitration Association®, Arbitrator
  • Rhode Island Bar
  • United States Supreme Court
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • State and Federal Courts of Massachusetts

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, “Arbitration: Spotlight on the Preliminary Conference,” MBA Lawyers Journal, 2017
  • Moderator, “Spotlight on Evidence in Arbitration,” Massachusetts Bar Association, DR Section Program, 2017
  • Moderator, “ESI Discovery in Arbitration,” Annual Dispute Resolution Symposium of Massachusetts Bar Association, 2017
  • Author, "The Limitations on American-Style Discovery in International Arbitration," Strategies in International Arbitration (Aspatore, Thomson Reuters 2012)
  • Author, "The Enforcement of Foreign Money Judgments in Massachusetts," 81 Mass. Law Review 65 (1996)
  • Author, "Foreign Judgments Law Due for Update", Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 41 MLW 159, 2012

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Obtained a jury verdict on multiple counts in Middlesex Superior Court on behalf of individuals who had been defrauded in the purchase of a home. Judgments against all defendants exceeded $4,000,000
  • won an summary judgment award â€" affirmed on appeal- of $2,943,320 for the firm's client, a museum, against its former president, who had stolen assets of the museum by means of a sophisticated, fraudulent scheme
  • Obtained an excellent settlement for the members of a family in a dispute involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty in connection with real estate holdings, various limited liability companies, limited partnerships and foreign corporations valued at approximately $20 Million.
  • Won for our clients numerous verdicts and/or judgments, (the largest of which was $3,878,548), for negligence, fraud or Chapter 93A against two law firms, the largest real estate brokerage firm in the country, and a real estate developer.
  • Successfully argued summary judgment and won an award of $2,940,000 for our client, a museum, against its former President.
  • Obtained a settlement of $18,250,000 for a corporate client after winning a partial final award of liability in proceedings before an Arbitrator appointed by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.
  • Poddell v. Lahn, 38 Mass. App. Ct. 688 (1995)
  • Conte v. Marine Lumber Co., Inc., 66 Mass. App. Ct. 505 (2006) Rev. Denied, 447 Mass. 1109 (Sept. 11, 2006)
  • McCord v. Jet Spray International Corp., 874 F.Supp. 436 (1994)
  • FDIC v. Elio, 39 F.3d 1239 (1st Cir. 1994) (appointment of trustee in fraudulent conveyance)
  • Heghnian v. Parexel International Corp., 2003 WL 25586579 (1st Cir. 2003)
  • Latino PAC, Inc. v. City of Boston, 716 F.2d 68 (1st Cir. 1983), stay denied, 463 U.S. 1319 (1983)

Representative Clients:

  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society
  • Sankaty Head Golf and Beach Club, Inc.
  • Nantucket Conservation Foundation
  • Independence Seaport Museum
  • Lycos, Inc.
  • J. Baker, Inc.
  • Kington Holdings Ltd. (Hong Kong)
  • Parexel International Corporation
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Education Development Center, Inc.
  • Boston Edison Company
  • Massachusetts Electric Company
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Fluent Trading Technologies Ltd.
  • The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company
  • VSR Group (Latin America, Asia and Europe)
  • Tracker do Brasil LTDA (Brazil)
  • Airgas Corporation
  • Swedish Credit Union in a RICO action

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Commercial Litigation), 1984 to present

Educational Background:

  • Yale University, Masters in Public and Private Management, 1978
  • Williams College, B.A., cum laude, 1974
Office Location for Jonathan W. Fitch

One Beacon Street
16th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Phone: 617-542-5542

 

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Last Updated: 5/26/2017

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