I provide mediation and conciliation services settling civil cases of many types and in many areas including product liability, personal injury and wrongful death, premises liability, business disputes, real estate disputes, construction, labor and employment, intellectual property, professional, legal and medical malpractice, trusts and estates, admiralty and maritime, property damage, insurance coverage disputes, environmental contamination, mass tort and class actions.
I have more than thirty years experience as a trial lawyer and bring to the table something different from other mediators. My career as a trial lawyer started in one of Boston's oldest and largest firms where I worked in a variety of practice areas and on a wide range of problems. I then went to work for Boston’s largest trial firm and was trained as a defense lawyer by the legendary Jim Meehan. I spent years representing product manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, insurers and other businesses before changing my practice to plaintiffs' representation with my partners at Meehan Boyle. I handled and tried to juries many complicated cases of the same types which I now help settle as a mediator. My experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants, from individuals in straightforward cases to Fortune 500 companies in complex multiparty litigation, allows me to help parties make reasonable settlement decisions that can lead to the optimal resolution of any case.
My work as a mediator began in the 1980’s at the request of fellow trial lawyers. I also chaired and participated in court connected mediation and conciliation programs through the 1990’s. My balanced training and experience provided me with very useful insight for analyzing cases and negotiating settlements as an advocate. It served me well during my terms as President of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys when the ability to view differing interests from a neutral vantage point was very beneficial. This insight is, of course, also very helpful to me as a mediator helping others resolve their cases. In 2007 I established Fitzgerald Dispute Resolution to help parties obtain quick, efficient and favorable resolutions of their cases.
I am honored to have been recognized for my work in the ADR field every year by the Massachusetts and New England Super Lawyer surveys and to have been inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a national invitation only organization of select neutrals. I have also received the highest “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale Hubbell for many years and am a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Over the past 35 years I have sat on both sides of the negotiating table as well as in the middle. Let me put my experience to work for you.
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