Ms. Deborah Poore FitzGerald, Esq.

Ms. Deborah Poore FitzGerald, Esq.: Attorney with Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP AV stamp icon
  • Senior Partner at Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP (52 Attorneys)
  • Corporate Center, 110 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 2000, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
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  • Ms. FitzGerald's practice is primarily in the areas of insurance defense, general civil litigation and professional malpractice defense litigation, including lawyers, accountants, real estate professionals, and appraisers.
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Biography

Deborah FitzGerald has devoted a substantial portion of her practice to the defense of professionals in malpractice cases, including lawyers, certified public accountants, realtors, and appraisers. Ms. FitzGerald also has extensive experience in general commercial and personal injury litigation. She has substantial jury, non-jury and arbitration experience in both state and federal courts, as well as appellate experience.

Honors & Awards

•First recipient of the Judge Jose A. Gonzalez, Jr. Unsung Hero Award which was voted upon by the Federal Judges of the Southern District (Broward Division), awarded in August 2009
•A-V Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell
•Co-Chair, Broward County Bar Association Legal Malpractice Summit, 2014 and 2015
•Served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit (including position of Vice-Chair)
•Nominated into The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Community Involvement

•Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Sustainer

Publications

•Authored a Chapter entitled, “Motion for Attorneys' Fees and Costs,” in The Defense Manual, published by the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (2006)

Speaking Engagements

•Law and Ethics Update - Attorney's Liens, 2014-2015, Walton Lantaff seminars for adjusters
•Construction Law, 2015, CNA National Webinar
•Broward County Bar Association, Legal Malpractice Summit, Fall 2014

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance defense in personal injury and property damage claims
  • Appellate Practice
  • Governmental Entities
  • Medical/Professional Negligence

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
954-713-1409  Phone
954-763-6294  Fax
www.waltonlantaff.com
University Attended:
Morehead State University, B.A., with high honors, 1976
Law School Attended:
University of Kentucky, J.D., 1979
Year of First Admission:
1979
Admission:
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida including Trial Bar, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1979, Florida Bar
Memberships:

Professional or Trade Affiliations

•American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) (Ft. Lauderdale Chapter President, 2011)
•Council on Litigation Management (CLM)
•Broward County Bar Association (President, 2012-2013)
•The Federal Bar Association (Ft. Lauderdale Chapter, Past President 1992)
•Member of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Court Annexed Mediation for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2000-Present) (Chair, 2013-16)
•Member, The Federal Court for the Southern District Florida Bench & Bar Conference Committee, 2010 and 2012
•State of Florida Certified Arbitrator
•American Bar Association (including the Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability)
•American Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Representative Experience: Successful defense of a business appraiser in jury trial for malpractice. The plaintiff, a bookkeeping firm, alleged negligence by the business appraiser, in its appraisal of the business for purposes of obtaining a bank loan. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $ 500,000. After a four day trial, the jury found in favor of the business appraiser.; Successful defense of a certified public accountant ('valuation firm') in an action by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) arising out of an annual valuation of stock in an Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP) in which the DOL sought a permanent injunction barring the professional from ever conducting appraisals of ESOP stock and disgorgement of past fees. The trial court dismissed the claim finding that there had been no prohibited transaction by the valuation firm; there was no 'act or practice' by the valuation firm that violated ERISA, and the disgorgement of professional fees and an injunction to prohibit all future valuation work for ERISA covered plans would not be appropriate equitable relief under ERISA.; Successful defense of a lawyer and law firm in a claim for negligence in a family law proceeding, resulting in voluntary dismissal by plaintiff.
ISLN:
904365762
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0
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Affiliations

CLM

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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