Avalon Johnson Fitzgerald

Avalon Johnson Fitzgerald


Avalon Johnson Fitzgerald


As a former federal law clerk, Avalon brings her analytical skills and thorough understanding of the litigation process to bear for businesses and individuals alike.

Avalon learned firsthand how cases are decided while clerking for Chief Judge England in the Eastern District of California. This experience provided her with a clear view of how to effectively litigate a case. While Avalon’s area of expertise is federal litigation, she adeptly applies her advocacy skills to state and federal cases alike, at both the trial and appellate levels.  With a mix of sharp advocacy, strategic thinking, and a strong work ethic, Avalon works to achieve optimal results for clients.

Her experience covers a wide range of California and federal civil procedure, from drafting complaints and answers, researching and drafting motions and oppositions, propounding and responding to discovery, and seeking injunctive relief, though preparing for trial, and filing post-trial motions for attorneys’ fees and costs.  She also has appellate experience in both state and federal court, including drafting both opening and responding briefs, as well as appellate motion practice.

Avalon’s practice covers a range of subject matter, from contract disputes to class actions.  In the course of her clerkship, Avalon handled several high profile cases involving complex legal disputes in employment law, constitutional law, and commercial contracts, preparing her to handle a wide range of subject matter in her practice. 


  • Successfully oppose motion for summary judgment for client facing liability under the FTC Holder Rule.
  • Successfully drafted and filed motion to dismiss counterclaims brought against client in federal court.
  • Successfully opposed motion to set aside default in federal court based on defendant’s
  • Draft complaint in business dispute alleging conversion and declaratory relief to achieve return of client’s wrongfully obtained assets.
  • Drafted portions of state and federal appellate briefs on behalf of major timber company in procedurally and substantively complex litigation involving six consolidated state actions and one federal action and claims seeking an aggregate of approximately $1 billion.  To read media coverage on the Moonlight Fire Litigation, click here.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Vice President, Federal Bar Association, Sacramento Chapter, 2016 (board member, 2013-Present)
  • Board Member, Sacramento County Bar Association, 2016-Present
  • Executive Committee Chairperson, C.K. McClatchy Law and Public Policy Foundation, 2015-Present (Advisory Committee Member, 2013-Present)
  • Board Member, Kennedy Learning Center, 2016-Present
  • Member, Sacramento Metro EDGE
  • Member, Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court, September 2013-May 2015

Honors And Rankings

  • Clerkship, Chief Judge Morrison C. England, Jr., United States District Court of the Eastern District of California, 2012- 2014
  • Externship, Chief Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin, United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2012
  • Externship, Judge Morrison C. England, Jr., United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 2011

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