EXPERIENCED TRIAL ATTORNEY
Attorney Michael A. Fitzpatrick is one of Connecticut’s premier criminal defense and trial lawyers. He brings more than a quarter century of knowledge and experience to his statewide private practice which focuses on criminal defense and civil litigation in state and federal court.
During his esteemed career, Mike has successfully defended hundreds of clients on charges ranging from motor vehicle violations to capital felony to white collar crime. He is recognized for his unparalleled preparation and commitment to detail, keen legal mind, and exceptional courtroom skills. In 2014, the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (CCDLA) honored him with its prestigious Champion of Liberty award for his professional excellence and contributions to criminal justice.
While his cases are often in the media spotlight, Mike is steadfast in his devotion to all of his clients, whether they are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, or simply in need of sound legal advice.
Mike’s multi-faceted career is particularly noteworthy for his involvement in some of the state’s most notorious criminal cases. He represented serial killer Michael Ross in the precedent-setting appeal of his death sentences. He can also claim the rare professional achievement of obtaining complete jury trial acquittals for multiple clients in homicide cases, including death penalty cases.
His success in defending clients in serious, high-profile cases has also earned him the respect of law enforcement officers and fellow lawyers, many of whom have chosen Mike to be their legal advocate when they themselves are facing criminal charges or disciplinary proceedings.
Mike is also a seasoned appellate and post-conviction attorney. He has been retained by multiple clients to represent them in their efforts to overturn unjust verdicts. His passion for cases involving actual innocence and wrongful conviction gives him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area habeas corpus. That interest was exemplified in 2013 when his expert witness testimony contributed to the reversal of the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel.
Mike also brings his substantial courtroom skills to select civil cases. He has successfully negotiated six-figure settlements and won substantial financial awards for clients injured through the negligence of others.
As a solo practitioner, Mike takes pride in handling each case personally. His clients retain him with the confidence of knowing that their interests and absolute right to justice has his complete attention.
Mike has testified on numerous occasions before the Connecticut General Assembly on proposed crime bills. He has also been a featured speaker on criminal law and procedure at numerous professional seminars.
Attorney Michael A. Fitzpatrick has established a statewide reputation for his aggressive and skilled defense of individuals accused of crime in state and federal court. A native of Torrington, he represents a diverse clientele that has ranged from doctors and fellow lawyers to business executives, municipal employees, organized crime figures and petty criminals. He has represented many police officers, as well as the families’ of judges.
His representation extends from counsel during police and grand jury investigations to plea negotiations, trial, sentencing and appeal. Mike also represents juveniles charged in juvenile and adult court.
Mike also represents individuals who seek to challenge their wrongful convictions in post-conviction proceedings, including habeas corpus petitions and petitions for new trial based on newly discovered evidence, including DNA and other scientific evidence. Mike’s post-conviction practice also includes motions for sentence reduction or modification, applications for relief from the sex offender registry, and pardon petitions.
Mike also has extensive experience representing attorneys in contempt and disciplinary proceedings and police officers in disciplinary hearings before police commissions.
Mike has considerable experience with the following defenses and claims:
- Extreme Emotional Disturbance
- Lack of Intent
- Mistaken Identity
- False Confession
- Flawed forensic science & evidence
- Battered Woman Syndrome
- Illegal Search & Seizure
- Lack of Probable Cause
- Reasonable Suspicion
STATE COURT EXPERIENCE
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- Capital Felony
- Sexual Assault
- Domestic Violence
- Risk of Injury to a Minor
- Robbery & Burglary
- Larceny & Embezzlement
- Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering Activity (CORA)
- Illegal Gambling
- Criminal Contempt
- Computer Crimes including Child Pornography
- Drug Offenses including Sale & Possession
- Unlicensed Firearms
- Assault Weapons
- Weapon in a Motor Vehicle
- Vehicular Homicide
- Motor Vehicle Violations
FEDERAL COURT EXPERIENCE
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- Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering (VCAR).
- Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations(RICO).
- Narcotics Trafficking
- Prescription Drug Trafficking
- Narcotics Manufacturing
- Bank Fraud
- Wire Fraud
- Mail Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Health-Care Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Currency Transactions
- Public Corruption
- Election Law Violations
- Civil Rights Violations
- Illegal Possession
- Firearms Trafficking
- Prohibited Purchases
Though select, Mike’s civil litigation practice is diverse. Mike has successfully represented plaintiffs in negligence and wrongful death actions against individuals and corporations stemming from automobile accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, train accidents and pedestrian accidents. He has successfully represented plaintiffs in actions against individuals, businesses and municipalities who have been seriously injured as a result of defective roads, defective sidewalks and defective premises. He has successfully represented plaintiffs who have been permanently harmed by defective products and by medical malpractice, including pharmacy malpractice.
Mike also has experience defending clients in civil actions, including unjust claims of sexual assault, sexual abuse and child molestation.
Mike, … I’m keeping myself out of trouble so hopefully I will never need to employ you again. A couple of years ago, I got custody of . That’s pretty remarkable because there aren’t many people who go from being charged with felony endangerment of a child to custody of the child in 18 months…. I was in a position to do that … because of your help and hard work. I think about you often and am always very grateful for the help you gave me. I hope that you get some satisfaction out of helping  and know that sometimes your contributions extend much farther than you ever see.
You’re talking about two attorneys who are extremely knowledgeable, aggressive and intelligent…. You can probably count on two hands the number of lawyers who have the experience [Hubert Santos and Michael Fitzpatrick] have…. They’re certainly, in my estimation, the top three top lawyers in the state.
To Michael, Thank you for your great heart.
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