Ralph F. Valitutti, Jr.

Ralph F. Valitutti, Jr.: Attorney with Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook AV stamp icon
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Mr. Valitutti co-heads the firm’s birth trauma defense practice and serves as national counsel for insurers and major health systems in birth trauma cases in almost every state in the country. In almost four decades as a litigator with the firm, he has served as first chair in more than 70 trials. Mr. Valitutti is licensed to practice law in Michigan, as well as the U.S. District Courts of Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also active in multiple professional organizations.

After many years of successfully defending medical malpractice and product liability cases, Mr. Valitutti pioneered the development of a process that is designed to identify those issues which favor the defense and are ignored purposefully, typically in large damage potential cases. This includes strategies that seek to bring more of the truth about future damages before jurors than others. Recognizing the defendant has a burden of proof on the issues of damages in catastrophic injury cases, Mr. Valitutti on showing the actual cost of future care is catastrophic injury as opposed to what is black boarded (claimed). Using this strategic capability, he coordinates the defense of catastrophic actions nationwide and, is often asked to share responsibilities with local counsel in the development of examination of frequent testifiers, successfully defending cases to verdict.

Mr. Valitutti is AV Peer Review Rated 5/5 by LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Valitutti holds the honor of being a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyers. He was also recognized as a Top Ten Lawyer for American International Group (AIG), one of the nation’s largest insurance and financial organizations.

Mr. Valitutti has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer every year since 2006. Only five percent of the attorneys in the state are named Super Lawyers. He was also recognized in DBusiness Magazine 2013 - 2017 as a Top Lawyer in medical malpractice and professional liability.

Mr. Valitutti is a frequent lecturer having spoken before such organizations as the (DRI) Defense Research Institute, The (ACOG) American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The (ACI) American Conference Institute, and the Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology and the Law and major excess insurers based in the United States and offshore.

Recent Presentation:

Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana’s Annual Conference, Arguing Damages at Trial -ACA to attack excessive life care plan forecasts,

November 2013

Recent Honor/Recognition:

MDTC Excellence in Defense Award, 2016

Insights & News

March, 2019 - Recent Highlights
Ralph Valitutti Presents Advanced Litigation Skills at DRI
April, 2018 - Recent Highlights
Ralph Valitutti To Present On Future Damages in New York
December, 2018 - Recent Highlights
Congratulations! 7 Kitch Attorneys Named ‘Best Lawyers’

(Also at Mount Clemens and Marquette Offices)

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Complex Litigation Support
  • Tort Reform
  • Birth Trauma
  • Construction Disputes
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Psychiatric Malpractice
  • Product Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(586) 493-4431  Phone
University Attended:
Babson College, B.S.B.A., 1972
Law School Attended:
Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1976
Year of First Admission:
1977, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1976, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 1979, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; 1976, Michigan
Detroit Bar Association; State Bar of Michigan (Chairperson, Medical/Legal Committee, 1981-1983); Association for Defense Trial Counsel.
Birth Information:
Detroit, Michigan, November 8, 1950

Peer Reviews

A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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