ABOUT FARMER & FITZGERALD
Aggressive representation in the areas of Criminal Defense and Civil Rights
Recognized for Excellence
Established in 1991, the law firm of Farmer & Fitzgerald is recognized for excellence by the most prestigious lawyer rating services in the country.
U.S. News and World Report has recognized Farmer & Fitzgerald as one of the Best Law Firms in the nation for criminal defense and civil rights. We are the only law firm in Tampa to be recognized in both areas of law. Farmer & Fitzgerald has served clients in Tampa and afar for over 26 years.
Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest attorney-rated service in the country, has given Farmer and Fitzgerald P.A., and both named partners, Matt Farmer and Timothy J. Fitzgerald, AV ratings, the highest possible ratings a lawyer can achieve for both legal skills and ethics. These ratings are based on peer reviews from other attorneys who are familiar with an attorney’s work. We have achieved this rating every year for the last 15 years.
Florida’s Best Lawyers Magazine, based on the opinions of fellow lawyers, named Farmer & Fitzgerald to its list of the best attorneys in the State of Florida. The method used to compile Best Lawyers has remained unchanged since the first edition was compiled more than 25 years ago. Lawyers listed in Best Lawyers are chosen for inclusion based solely on the vote of their peers. Listings cannot be bought, and no purchase is required to be included. In this regard, Best Lawyers remains the gold standard of reliability and integrity in lawyer ratings. Voting lawyers were provided this general guideline for determining if a nominee should be listed among “the best”: “If you had a close friend or relative who needed a criminal defense lawyer and you could not handle the case yourself, to whom would you refer them?” We are honored that so many of our fellow lawyers attested they would send a close friend or family member to our firm for representation.
a. U.S. News and World Report
1. Farmer & Fitzgerald is recognized by U.S. News and World Report in their ratings of;“Best Law Firms” for both criminal defense and civil rights
2.Matt Farmer is recognized by U.S. News and World Report in its “Best Lawyers for Criminal Defense and Civil Rights” sections
3. Tim Fitzgerald is recognized by U.S. News and World Report in its “Best Lawyers for Criminal Defense” sections
b. Lawyers.com (Martindale-Hubbell)
1. Martindale-Hubbell is a nationally recognized lawyer rating service in which the skills of lawyers are rated by the persons who would know a lawyer’s abilities the best, judges and other lawyers.
2. Farmer and Fitzgerald received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating possible (AV) for legal ability and ethics 15 straight years.
3. Matthew Farmer received the highest possible rating (AV) from judges and peers in the area of criminal defense.
4. Timothy Fitzgerald received the highest possible rating (AV) from judges and peers in the area of criminal defense.
Farmer & Fitzgerald is proud to be selected to be included in the following:
Tampa Bay Top Lawyers
Florida’s Best Lawyers
Florida Top Lawyers
U.S. News and World Report-Best Lawyers
Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
Lawyers.com-Highest Lawyer Rating (AV)
Wall Street Journal-Best Lawyers
Tim Fitzgerald (email@example.com)
Timothy J. Fitzgerald excels at criminal defense in federal and state courts. Fitzgerald is a graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Over his career, he has won acquittals for clients facing an array of serious charges. He has won a full acquittals for several clients facing complex RICO (Racketeering-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) charges targeting organized crime. He has won full acquittals from federal juries considering allegations by the federal government of public corruption and drug conspiracies. He has also successfully persuaded the federal government not to bring charges against his clients, based on his dogged investigation of the facts and the law. Fitzgerald also has had success defending citizens accused of crimes in state court including white collar fraud allegations, drug offenses and driving under the influence charges. These results include dismissal of charges, jury acquittals and negotiating successful resolutions.
Matthew Farmer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In a recent ten month period, Matt Farmer, who primarily practices criminal defense and plaintiffs’ civil rights, won federal jury acquittals for four different clients charged with a total of 40 federal criminal offenses ranging from conspiracy to public corruption. Amid these criminal trials, he also won a two million dollar federal civil jury verdict for a physician who had been arrested and maliciously prosecuted for a crime, Medicaid fraud, she did not commit. During his career, Matt, a cum laude graduate of Princeton, has also obtained federal civil rights jury verdicts in favor of a local high school teacher and a Florida college professor, and obtained civil rights settlements for a political activist arrested after speaking publicly about the policies of a local police department, a college professor who was falsely arrested, a woman of the Sikh faith who was fired for wearing her religious garb to work, and a disabled man who was notoriously dumped from his wheelchair by a guard at the local jail.
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