Mitch is a member of Butler Snow’s litigation department and practices within the Products, Catastrophic and Industrial Litigation and Commercial Litigation groups. He regularly represents clients in high-exposure traumatic injury, wrongful death, intentional tort, environmental, pharmaceutical and complex commercial matters, and has served as national punitive damages counsel to a Fortune 250 transportation company.  Mitch also devotes a significant part of his practice to combatting fraud and abuse in mass and class actions.  Mitch represents clients nationally, and has appeared in state or federal courts in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, and California.      ​

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2005
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Virginia: Eastern, Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2021
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Virginia Rising Stars, Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense, 2013-2020
  • The Legal 500 U.S.
    • Leading Lawyer, Transport: Rail and Road, Virginia
  • Transportation Editorial Board, Law360, 2018

Education & Honors

  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
    • Member, Order of the Coif
  • University of Virginia, B.A., History and Foreign Affairs, with distinction, 2002

Experience

  • Representation of medical device maker, including obtaining full summary judgment, in personal injury actions arising from pelvic mesh products. 
  • Representation of major pharmaceutical company in wrongful death/survival action alleging minor developed Steven-Johnson syndrome as a result of over-the-counter children’s medication.  Following two rounds of motions to dismiss, Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed case with prejudice.
  • Representation of leading pharmaceutical company in wrongful death case arising from oral contraceptive.
  • Representation of maker of contrast injector medical device in wrongful death case.
  • Representation of insurance broker in negligence and breach of fiduciary suits against independent producers alleging improper writing of policies.
  • Representation of Class I railroad in civil RICO, fraud, and conspiracy action against lawyers and doctor for prosecution of fraudulent asbestos claims.  The company prevailed on all claims at trial, see CSX Transp., Inc. v. Peirce, 974 F. Supp. 2d 927 (N.D. W. Va. 2013), and, following litigation against one defendant for fraudulent transfers, ultimately recovered $7.3 million.
  • Representation of industrial products company in civil RICO litigation against personal injury lawyers for misrepresentation and concealment of evidence in mesothelioma litigation, including successful defense of federal declaratory judgment action seeking to block claims.
  • Representation of Class I railroad, including as punitive damages counsel, in high-exposure traumatic injury, wrongful death, and class/mass actions arising from grade crossing, trespasser, and derailment-related accidents.
  • Representation of Class I railroad in mass asbestos litigation resulting in the dismissal of over 1,400 claims.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • ​Co-Author, “Product Liability & Safety USA Trends and Developments,” 2021 Chambers Global Practice Guide, June 2021.
  • Author, "Defending Against 'Entrepreneurial Model' Class Actions," Law360, April 14, 2021.
  • Presenter, “Defending Punitive Damages Cases and Preventing Runaway Awards: New Approaches," Strafford CLE Webinar, January 28, 2021.
  • ​Quoted, "No-contact rule: Court rejects proposed looser standard for talking to adversary's employees," Virginia Lawyers Weekly, January 18, 2021.
  • ​Presenter, "Liability Considerations for Businesses in the COVID-19 Era," myLawCLE, September 23, 2020.
  • ​Co-Presenter, “COVID-19 Liability Protection Laws and Litigation Update,” 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, Association of Corporate Counsel, South Carolina Chapter, September 10, 2020.
  • Co-Author, “COVID-19 Liability Considerations For Nonmedical Businesses,” Law360, July 31, 2020.
  • ​Co-Author, "Product Liability Defenses in the COVID-19 Era," DRI The Voice, Volume 19, Issue 29, July 22, 2020.
  • Co-Author, “’The Government Said I Could’ As A Defense During COVID-19,” Law360, June 5, 2020. 
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