With offices in Milwaukee and Madison, Michael Fitzgerald maintains a statewide trial and appellate practice in both federal and state court. He has extensive trial experience in federal white collar matters involving mail fraud, bank fraud, tax evasion, mortgage fraud, money laundering, ERISA, false statements and conspiracy.

Mr. Fitzgerald has represented numerous corporations and individuals in grand jury investigations and regulatory matters. He regularly represents lawyers, physicians, and other professionals who are the subjects or targets of such investigations.

In his state court practice, Mr. Fitzgerald has handled all types of criminal matters, and has tried cases involving charges ranging from homicide, drug conspiracy and racketeering to securities fraud, sexual assault, substantial battery and armed robbery.

The firm maintains a low volume practice with a focus on significant and complex cases. The firm’s approach is to exhaustively prepare all matters. For matters in or headed toward court, cases are viewed and prepared to be tried to a jury. Document preparation and organization, witness interviews, investigation, motion practice, jury questionnaires, mock trials and jury instruction preparation are all conducted with the goal of developing a persuasive and coherent defense theme in order to prevail at trial.

The firm employs two full time paralegals, who have a combined 23 years experience in assisting with criminal defense litigation. In addition to litigation matters, the firm has extensive experience in handling and responding to document subpoenas issued by federal grand juries, state prosecutors, and administrative bodies. The firm handles many such subpoenas in-house and, depending on the scope and complexity of the subpoena, routinely works with outside vendors for both paper and electronic document production.

The firm’s clients are often involved in parallel civil litigation and administrative proceedings. Working with the client’s counsel in those matters, Mr. Fitzgerald and his staff have significant experience in addressing issues that impact the criminal, civil and business aspects of the client’s involvement in litigation.

Practice Areas


  • Bank and Mail Fraud
  • Computer Crimes
  • Conspiracy
  • Drug Trafficking and Conspiracies
  • ERISA Fraud
  • False Statements
  • Gun Crimes
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Medicare and Medicaid Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Perjury and Obstruction of Justice
  • Pre-Indictment Investigations
  • RICO Conspiracies
  • Securities Fraud and Insider Trading
  • Sentencing Guidelines
  • Tax Cases
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark & Copyright Infringement
  • Theft, Fraud and Property Crimes
  • Other White Collar Crimes


  • Battery
  • Campaign Violations
  • Computer Crimes
  • Conspiracy
  • Drug Crimes
  • Fraud
  • Firearms Offenses
  • Homicide & Murder Charges
  • Misconduct in Public Office
  • Racketeering
  • Sex Crimes
  • Tax Cases
  • Theft, Property Crimes
  • Vehicular Homicide


  • Internal Investigations
  • Professional Representation
  • Appeals