John Kennedy FitzGerald hails from New England, where he was the youngest in a family of eight. He earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Duke University where he was a member of the track team. John next graduated from the University of Florida School of Law and joined the State Bar of Georgia in 1987. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of Georgia in 1987.
A veteran trial attorney with extensive experience in civil litigation in both the state and federal courts of Georgia, John has emphasized personal injury litigation representing injured parties, with a focus on tractor-trailer litigation and mass torts. His class action work has resulted in the recovery of over $55 million for Georgia consumers.
John also served as an adjunct professor at the Georgia State University School of Law while in active practice in Atlanta.
A member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association since 1991, John has also been a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. In 1996, John founded the North Metro Trial Lawyers Association (NMTLA), a coalition of like-minded attorneys who mobilized and coordinated to protect the rights of Georgia consumers.
In his spare time, John has done pro bono legal work and fundraising for the Georgia Innocence Project whose mission is to identify wrongly convicted prisoners in Georgia and Alabama, and, using state-of-the-art DNA technology, ultimately secure their freedom.
In 1990, John performed a unique “human trick” on NBC’s “Late Night with David Letterman”. He enjoys spending time with his three children, bicycling, reading, and playing pinball. John loves to travel and see the world.