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Fitzgerald Knaier LLP is a law firm of highly experienced trial attorneys committed to aggressive, honest advocacy. We are a San Diego boutique litigation firm, focused exclusively on trying cases and handling controversies for our clients. Although our practice is limited to trial and litigation matters, we have a broad body of experience with a wide range of cases and areas of law.

We represent both plaintiffs and defendants, and we advocate for corporate entities as well as individuals. Our lawyers have represented some of the most sophisticated clients in the business world. We have also championed the causes of vulnerable individuals who have been wronged by powerful corporate and government interests. Whatever the particular matter, our overriding commitment is to represent all of our clients vigorously and thoughtfully, with civility, integrity and professionalism.

Our skilled trial lawyers have handled a diverse array of matters, including complex commercial cases, business torts, contract and partnership disputes, intellectual property claims, toxic tort litigation, real estate litigation, labor and employment disputes, plaintiffs’ personal injury claims, legal malpractice cases, insurance coverage disputes, consumer mortgage fraud litigation, and plaintiffs’ class actions.

We represent businesses and individuals in complex and high-stakes matters that often cannot be handled efficiently by larger firms with higher fees and more rigid hourly billing rates. While our attorneys have extensive experience working on behalf of a variety of clients, we pride ourselves on being known as a firm that represents the underdog, ready to take on large corporate entities. When representing individual plaintiffs, corporate clients, or defendants, we bring our deep trial experience and willingness to go to trial to the table. We are not intimidated by the prospect of taking difficult cases to trial, against the most formidable adversaries. Regardless of who we represent, we are committed to excellence in the courtroom, and we relish the chance to tell a client’s story to a jury.

The attorneys at Fitzgerald Knaier are passionate about trial practice. Our trial lawyers have collectively tried dozens of cases to verdict, before judges and juries, in numerous jurisdictions. We have a wealth of experience with arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution. We have tried cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. We have been recognized as “top attorneys” in litigation by numerous professional rating publications. We understand that trial advocacy is an art, and we focus constantly on honing the skills needed to champion our clients’ claims.


Fitzgerald Knaier LLP is metro ranked in 3 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

San Diego
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 2 for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs


Regional Rankings

San Diego
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 2 for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Fitzgerald Knaier LLP has 2 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Fitzgerald Knaier LLP eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Male: 3
Of Counsel (but not partners)
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Male: 1
Female: 1
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Female: 2
Non-Legal Employees
Female: 1

Main Location

Management and Personnel

Managing Partner
Ed Chapin


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