Jonathan W. Fitch

Attorney Profile

Top Rated International Attorney in Boston, MA

Fitch Law Partners LLP
 | One Beacon Street, 16th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-542-5542
Fax: 617-542-1542
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • International (30%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (30%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (30%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Jonathan W. Fitch, managing partner of Fitch Law Partners LLP, has over 35 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®. Mr. Fitch is also an arbitrator on the Tech List of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center and for the Asia Pacific International Arbitration Center.

    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
    • 30%International
    • 30%Intellectual Property Litigation
    • 30%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • 10%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Arbitration, Trade Secret


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    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020

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    About Jonathan Fitch

    Admitted: 1982, Massachusetts

    Professional Webpage:


    • "Lawyer of the Year 2009.", Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
    • "Superb Attorney" rating by Avvo, 2010 – Present
    • Arbitrator, Asia Pacific International Arbitration Center, 2018
    • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2016-present
    • Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2017
    • Highest level of legal ability, AV Preeminent®, by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory® 1984 to Present
    • Arbitrator, Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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


    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Latino PAC, Inc. v. City of Boston, 716 F.2d 68 (1st Cir. 1983), stay denied, 463 U.S. 1319 (1983)
    • McCord v. Jet Spray International Corp., 874 F.Supp. 436 (1994)
    • 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.
    • won an summary judgment award - and 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
    • FDIC v. Elio, 39 F.3d 1239 (1st Cir. 1994) (appointment of trustee in fraudulent conveyance)
    • Poddell v. Lahn, 38 Mass. App. Ct. 688 (1995)
    • Successfully argued summary judgment and won an award of $2,940,000 for our client, a museum, against its former President.
    • 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
    • Heghnian v. Parexel International Corp., 2003 WL 25586579 (1st Cir. 2003)
    • Conte v. Marine Lumber Co., Inc., 66 Mass. App. Ct. 505 (2006) Rev. Denied, 447 Mass. 1109 (Sept. 11, 2006)

    Representative Clients:

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

    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

    Industry Groups

    • Technology
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    Office Location for Jonathan W. Fitch

    One Beacon Street
    16th Floor
    Boston, MA 02108

    Phone: 617-542-5542

    Fax: 617-542-1542

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