Attorney Michael A. Fitzhugh

Mr. Fitzhugh was the founding member and senior partner of his own law firm for 32 years, specializing in the defense of major corporations at the trial and appellate level. Attorney Fitzhugh has obtained defense verdicts in jury trials in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island, including four wrongful death cases and multiple complex product liability cases. He has also obtained numerous defense rulings in NASD arbitration cases alleging violations of securities laws. He has twice been recognized as having obtained among the most significant defense verdicts of the year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Mr. Fitzhugh's experience also includes defending discrimination cases in all forums. He has obtained defense verdicts in two race discrimination cases brought by long-time employees. In one example, Attorney Fitzhugh served as trial counsel for American Airlines in the first jury trial involving claims of race discrimination by an airline passenger after 09/11 based on "racial profiling." Specifically, a passenger alleged employee misconduct based upon "racial profiling," after the passenger was denied boarding on the flight for being perceived as a potential security risk. The First Circuit Court of Appeals ultimately issued the most significant opinion to date regarding an airline's discretion to enforce its security measures. Cerqueira v. American Airlines, which can be viewed at its link on this page.

Attorney Fitzhugh is currently engaged as a consultant for a number of corporations and law firms that seek the guidance and experience of a seasoned trial and appellate attorney.

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