Mitch is co-chair of the firm’s Litigation group and heads the Securities Litigation practice. He litigates and tries complex disputes, with special emphasis on securities and derivative litigation and enforcement.
Particularly successful in defending clients before juries, Mitch has won cases in federal and state courts on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants involving business disputes, including class and derivative action defense and SEC FCPA and accounting-based enforcement actions. Mitch has a track record of successfully representing corporations and individuals in high-stakes litigation. Mitch represented one of the nation’s largest utilities in a multimillion-dollar breach of contract dispute, achieving a settlement worth $200 million to the client. Recently, Mitch led a trial team that obtained a multimillion-dollar judgment for an international tire company. Mitch has extensive experience representing directors in shareholder derivative litigation.
Active outside of the courtroom, Mitch has addressed the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Securities Law Institute, Glasser Legal Works SEC Hot Topics Institute, the Annual SEC Issues Update Seminar on enforcement topics and has spoken before numerous groups on jury trial techniques. He also has presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel and the PricewaterhouseCoopers Leadership Forum on defending class actions, corporate governance and compliance. He is a Life Member of the Eighth District Judicial Conference. He is past president of the board of trustees of Great Lakes Theater, the President of the Greater Cleveland Council, Boy Scouts of America, is President-Elect of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation and is a member of Leadership Cleveland, the National Eagle Scout Association and Bluecoats, Inc.
Mitch joined Calfee in 1982, becoming a partner in 1990, a member of the Executive Committee in 2003, and a member of the Management Committee in 2009.