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"In Trouble?  Call Fitzgerald."

General Info

Attorney John E. Fitzgerald was born and raised near Detroit, Michigan.  He is a 1983 graduate of East Lansing High School in East Lansing, Michigan.  He moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1983 to attend Wake Forest University. Mr. Fitzgerald received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest in 1987, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors, majoring in History and minoring in French. During the fall semester of his senior year, Mr. Fitzgerald studied in Dijon, France, where he became fluent in French.

Mr. Fitzgerald received his Juris Doctor degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1990 and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar later that same year.

Mr. Fitzgerald began practicing law on March 1, 1993, as an associate for well-known Winston- Salem attorney Larry L. Eubanks. Mr. Fitzgerald quickly excelled at representing Mr. Eubanks' large number of criminal, traffic, and driver's license clients. Mr. Fitzgerald took over the busy law practice on January 1, 2000, when Mr. Eubanks retired.

Since 1993, Mr. Fitzgerald has handled literally thousands of criminal, traffic, DWI, and driver's license matters. Mr. Fitzgerald's chief legal assistant, Mrs. Elizabeth Birnbaumer, has worked with him since November 1, 2000. Mrs. Birnbaumer was formerly employed as a courtroom clerk in Forsyth County District Court and is extremely knowledgeable about the types of cases Mr. Fitzgerald handles and the issues his clients encounter.

Mr. Fitzgerald decided at the beginning of his career to practice only criminal, traffic, DWI, and driver's license law instead of being a general practitioner so he could skillfully represent his clients and have sufficient time to devote to their cases. That strategy worked.  Mr. Fitzgerald is fortunate to have a large group of loyal clients who often return with new cases of their own and who regularly refer friends and family members to him.

Mr. Fitzgerald is the only attorney in his firm, so your case will never be passed on to an inexperienced associate.

Mr. Fitzgerald's philosophy has always been to treat every client equally and with the respect they deserve, no matter how large or small their case or fee may be. Mr. Fitzgerald prides himself on giving exemplary customer service, whether it be in the courtroom, over the telephone, or in his office. Despite his busy daily court schedule, Mr. Fitzgerald strives to return every telephone call on the same business day it is received. Mr. Fitzgerald always sends a detailed letter to his clients upon completion of their case explaining what happened in court so they will have it for future reference. 

Mr. Fitzgerald realizes that you may be scared or embarrassed to call a lawyer if you have been charged with a criminal or traffic offense.  He and his staff are courteous, knowledgeable, professional, and non-judgmental.  They will keep your identity and the details of your case completely confidential.


Regular Hours

Sat - SunClosed

Extra Phones

Office Fax: (336) 723-8433

Payment method
check, debit, master card, visa

Mr. Fitzgerald's office is conveniently located at 114 South Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem. It is just off Business I-40 at the Cherry Street exit and close to US 52, South Main Street, Cherry/Marshall Street, and University Parkway. The offi

Downtown Winston-Salem, Holly Avenue

Mr. Fitzgerald offers free, convenient, off-street parking for his clients. He accepts payment by cash, personal check, and certified bank check or money order.  He also accepts Visa, Mastercard, and debit cards. 

English, French

Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer's Association

National College For DWI Defense

North Carolina Advocates For Justice

North Carolina Bar Association

North Carolina State Bar


Mr. Fitzgerald is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer's Association, and the National College for DWI Defense. Mr. Fitzgerald is also a member of the Westwood Swim & Tennis Club. He is an avid tennis player and fan. 

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Ann P.



When searching on the Internet for attorneys in the W-S area I found John Fitzgerald. I read all the rave reviews & decided I had to have him. I'm so glad I did! I found John to be very approachable, professional & genuine. I felt comfortable talking to him and he handled my case with purpose & ease. I found Mr Fitzgerald to be kind, compassionate, understanding & extremely trustworthy. He led me thru all aspects, what to expect & how to prepare. I was so nervous & afraid but he guided me the entire way and the outcome was beyond my expectations. I recommend Mr Fitzgerald to anyone that needs to retain an attorney. Thank you again Mr Fitzgerald for a job well done.

Ann P

Nora S.



John Fitzgerald is the best there is. I always tell people call John he will take care of you. So glad there are till lawyers out there that still care about people.




Hard to get a hold of him. Only cared about his money and not trying to make a good case. Could care less about a person's situation and care more about getting along with the prosecutors and the judges. Too expensive, does not even offer a free consultation, like most attorneys. Biggest waste of money in my life, only to plead guilty at the last minute. I should have hired a court appointed attorney and went on a cruise and a shopping spree for $4,000 of doing nothing!



Mr. Fitzgerald's reputation is...

Mr. Fitzgerald's reputation is by far the best in Forsyth and Davisdon counties. The service that John and his office gives to their clients are leaps and bounds above any attorney my family has worked with in the past. He is also is very educated and gets the best results possible. I can honestly say that John Fitzgerald will always have my business and that of any person I can pursuade. He is well worth the money! Thank you John for taking care of my Family for many years!



I recently retained John E. Fi...

I recently retained John E. Fitzgerald, Attorney at Law for a case. John is thorough, prepares well for your day in court. John took a personal interest in my case, my concern was his concern. I recommend him highly.

Owen Moore



I have know John Fitzgerald fo...

I have know John Fitzgerald for many years, both in a professional setting and through his representation of family and friends. I have found John and his staff to excellent in dealing with all matters within the Judicial system. He is well versed in all aspects of the legal system and shows complete devotion and care to each clients case. He is definitely an asset to his profession and I would strongly recommend John and his staff to anyone needing an Attorney.

Terry Price



I have known John for over 7 y...

I have known John for over 7 years now, and he and his staff are the only ones i trust when i need legal advise/service. Any time i have needed their services, or had a friend or family member to refer, they have taken the best care of us and kept us informed the whole way. Anytime I hear of someone that got a speeding ticket etc, I always tell them to give John a call!




When you need to call a attorney, its not the best of times, but with John and his staff, they always made it a bit easier.

My family had to make some tuff choices...but John guided us through the hard times and even though the outcome was a rough one, I knew John did his very best and I would and have recomended him to anybody who needs a great attorney. One who really cares about his clinents. He and his staff go above and beyond. In such difficult timesn he makes it easier.



I first used John's expertise ...

I first used John's expertise around 7 years ago when I received my first speeding ticket. Since then, John has been in my corner anytime that I need legal counsel or representation. Highly, highly, highly recommended!



John won my confidence immedia...

John won my confidence immediately over-the-phone and I'm pleased to say his expertise and caring demeanor in person put me right at ease, as well. If you need legal assistance and don't know where to turn, look NO further than Attorney John Fitzgerald! His efforts on my behalf yielded better-than-optimal results and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone I know.



I have known John for many yea...

I have known John for many years but never personally had need of his services until this spring. Got my second ticket in 45 years and he took care of it for me. Had it reduced with no points on my insurance or license and just as importantly, I didn't have to go to court. Thanks, John.

Hopefully I will not need to call him again for legal help but if I do, I definitely know where to go. He's professional, courteous and just plain NICE.

M M.


Awesome on a scale from 1 - 1...

Awesome on a scale from 1 - 10 with 10 being Outstanding and 1 being horrible, I say 10, 10, 10 all the way. Thank you for such outstanding work and great results.



This attorney is the best! He...

This attorney is the best! He is smart, honest and knows the law. He diligently represents all his clients. John's reputation is impeccable! I would strongly recommend him to anyone!!



Mr. Fitzgerald is the only att...

Mr. Fitzgerald is the only attorney I call when my family needs legal assistance. I have referred friends and other relatives to him since he always does a wonderful job. He is always honest and up front. He treats everyone with respect. I would refer anyone I know to him!