Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has strengthened its insurance litigation capabilities with the addition of James E. Fitzgerald as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He will be a member of the firm’s Insurance Litigation Group.
Mr. Fitzgerald is an experienced trial lawyer who represents insurance companies and major corporations around the country in complex commercial litigation matters. He has tried more than 40 jury cases in federal and state courts around the country. Most recently, Mr. Fitzgerald was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
“Jim continues the advancement of our strategic goal to expand our insurance litigation capabilities nationwide and will build on our insurance industry presence in California,” said Andrew C. Kassner, Chairman and CEO of Drinker Biddle. “He is an accomplished first-chair trial lawyer who will support the growth of our team and the needs of our clients.”
Mr. Fitzgerald represents national insurers, reinsurers, and property and casualty companies in coverage disputes, bad faith claims, fraud claims and commercial business disputes, and defense of claims against professionals (including directors and officers). He has handled numerous arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Independent Film and Television Alliance, National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He also advises major corporations in connection with internal corporate investigations concerning both civil and criminal liability.
“Jim’s national litigation practice and his industry relationships complement the capabilities of our current team and our work with insurance clients,” said Stephen A. Serfass, Chair of Drinker Biddle’s Insurance Litigation Group. “His addition strengthens our broader multidisciplinary insurance industry team and enhances the services we can offer to clients, nationally and in California. We are excited to have him join the firm.”
Mr. Fitzgerald earned his law degree from Fordham University Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.