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Marc Fitzgibbon

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Lavelle Partners

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution


Senior Partner – Litigation and Employment Law


Over the last 30 years’ I have established a significant reputation for my expertise in the areas of litigation, dispute resolution and employment Law.  As a result, I am regularly sought after to deal with a wide range of commercial and private disputes.

My track record of successful dispute resolution spans the High Court, Court, Circuit as well as the Workplace Relations Commission. I also have extensive experience of Arbitration and Mediation.

As head of the Lavelle’s Employment and Pension Law Team, I am an experienced practitioner at the WRC, and the Labour Court where I have represented both employers and employees in the wide range of employment matters.  It is with the benefit of years of practical experience in the complex and constantly changing area of Employment Rights that I am uniquely placed to advise employers and employees in relation to what often are difficult circumstances.

My work in litigation is varied and has included a wide range of Private client and commercial disputes. I have particular experience in Shareholder conflicts, breach of contract and  Intellectual Property Disputes and litigation involving property and landlord and tenant matters. As a CEDR accredited mediator, I recognise and support mediation as a real and effective alternative to litigation.



Marc is a committee member of the Law Society of Ireland’s Employment and Equality Law Committee. He is also a member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and the European Employment Lawyers Association.




Law Society of Ireland
Law Sociecty of England and Wales
CEDR Accredited Mediator 


Marc is a graduate of Trinity College and has been with Lavelle ( previously Lavelle Coleman) since qualifying as a solicitor in 1988. Marc also has a Diploma in Employment Law from the Law Society of Ireland. 


A keen cyclist, sailor and caddy to my golf loving son ! 


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

The team at Lavelle Partners is 'wonderful at understanding the case issues and dealing with the client sympathetically'. Financial services, defamation and professional negligence (particularly in relation to solicitors' firms) are key areas of focus. Practice head Ciarán Leavy, who 'stands out as a very knowledgeable lawyer with great attention to detail and always provides a top-class service', Marc Fitzgibbon and Michael Lavelle are the names to note.

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Within: Employment

The ‚Äėpractical and solution-focused‚Äô team at Lavelle Partners¬†operates mainly in the contentious space, with ‚Äėreliable and professional‚Äô practice head Marc Fitzgibbon, who is described as a¬†‚Äėgood listener‚Äô,¬†advising on exit agreements for senior employees.

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