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Jonathan W. Fitch

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Boston, MA

Fitch Law Partners LLP
84 State Street, 11th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-542-5542
Fax: 617-542-1542
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed in Massachusetts Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution (50%), International (30%), Business Litigation (20%)
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. As both an advocate and arbitrator, Mr. Fitch has a wealth of experience and a strong record of accomplishment in the resolution of highly complex commercial disputes – often involving technologies and life sciences. He has received stellar professional recognitions from a number of respected third parties, including Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Best Lawyers in America®, which have both recognized Mr. Fitch as a "Lawyer of the Year." Mr. Fitch embraces a multi-disciplinary approach and a commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession in developing strategies for the quick and satisfactory resolution of difficult and complicated disputes.

Mr. Fitch is a Fellow of the prestigious College of Commercial Arbitrators. He is one of approximately 53 arbitrators recognized on the Tech List, Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center's List of the World's Leading Technology Neutrals. He is an arbitrator listed for Technology Cases and Complex Commercial Cases by the American Arbitration Association and he is one of a select group of arbitrators on the global panel of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, a division of the American Arbitration Association. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Mr. Fitch was recognized by Best Lawyers in America® as a 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" and by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a "Lawyer of the Year 2009." He has been twice listed in "Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers®" and is regularly recognized as a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer®" and as a "Best Lawyer in America.®"

Mr. Fitch is a graduate of Williams College (B.A.), Yale University (M.P.P.M.) and Boston College Law School (J.D.).

About Jonathan W. Fitch

First Admitted: 1982, Massachusetts

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

Educational Background

  • Yale University, Masters in Public and Private Management, 1978
  • Williams College, B.A., cum laude, 1974

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)

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

Verdicts/Settlements

  • 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.
  • Several million dollar settlement for client in federal case, Pawelko v. Hasbro, Inc., 2020
  • 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)

Other Outstanding Achievements

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

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.

Honors/Awards

  • "Lawyer of the Year 2009", Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2009
  • , 2021 "Lawyer of the Year", Best Lawyers in America, 2021
  • , Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators, Selected by Organization., 2020
  • "Superb Attorney" , Avvo Rating
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Fellow, American Bar Foundation, Awarded, 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America®, U.S. News and World Report, 2016 - present, 2016
  • Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2017
  • AV Preeminent® Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory® 1984 to Present, 1984
  • , List of the World's Leading Technology Neutrals, Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center 2018-present, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitration, 2020

Industry Groups

  • Technology
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Office Location for Jonathan W. Fitch

84 State Street
11th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

Last Updated: 5/5/2021

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