Michael Fitzpatrick practices in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors' rights litigation, and products liability defense. He regularly represents consumer lending institutions, such as mortgage lenders, investors and servicers, in connection with the defense of claims asserted by borrowers, municipalities and other governmental bodies. He regularly appears before local courts in New York and New Jersey to defend consumer lending institutions from alleged property violations. Michael also has experience defending consumer lending institutions in New York in connection with quiet title actions seeking to discharge a mortgage based on the alleged expiration of the statute of limitations.
Michael also defends manufacturers against personal injury suits, including claims involving asbestos-containing products. He frequently represents clients in complex contractual disputes, as well as in defense of alleged violations of consumer protection statutes, such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Michael has experience defending clients against putative class actions in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey and Eastern District of New York.
Michael is actively involved in pro bono matters. He acts as a court-appointed representative of allegedly incapacitated persons in guardianship proceedings in New Jersey, and represents abused women who cannot afford legal representation obtain final restraining orders against their abusers.
Selected to The Best Lawyers in America list of Ones to Watch (Woodward/White, Inc.) for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, 2022-2023; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2023
Selected to the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Thomson Reuters), Creditor Debtor Rights, 2022
Selected as a "2020 Morris County Top Lawyers" by Morris|Essex Health & Life magazine.
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