Richard C. Mitchell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Mitchell & Shapiro LLP
 | One Securities Centre, Suite 650, 3490 Piedmont Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-812-4747
Fax: 404-812-4740
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1981
Education: Stanford Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    A partner at Mitchell & Shapiro LLP located in Atlanta, Georgia, Richard C. Mitchell has more than three decades of experience providing highly skilled representation to his clients in Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb counties. He focuses his practice exclusively on plaintiff's personal injury law, including cases involving medical malpractice, truck and auto accidents, and aviation disasters.

    Mr. Mitchell received his Bachelor of Arts in American government with highest distinction in 1978 from the University of Virginia. He then went on to attend Stanford Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1981. Mr. Mitchell was a product liability defense attorney with a major area law firm for several years before opening his own firm in 1997 and deciding to focus on the representation of individuals who have been harmed by the negligence of others. Admitted to practice in Georgia and the District of Columbia, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 7th and 11th Circuits.

    Mr. Mitchell's successful track record and superb ethics have earned him appropriate recognition from his fellow professionals. He has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. Mr. Mitchell has also been named to be included in the list of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, an honor reserved for civil plaintiff trial attorneys who are deemed to be among the best in their state. A member of the Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, he is also an active participant in the American Association for Justice.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 40%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 20%Aviation and Aerospace
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021

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    About Richard Mitchell

    Admitted: 1981, Georgia

    Professional Webpage:


    • Named Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law, American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine, September 2013
    • Superb AVVO Rating
    • Leadership Atlanta Class, 1995-96
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Named "Top Rated Lawyer" in personal injury, Georgia's Legal Leaders, 2013
    • Voted a "Georgia Super Lawyer" in personal injury litigation by the readers of Atlanta Magazine, 2005 - 2018
    • Named one of Georgia's Legal Elite for personal injury law, Georgia Trend magazine, 2003, 2014
    • Phi Epsilon Pi
    • AV rating Martindale Hubbell
    • Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers, 2011
    • Abe Schwartz Young Leadership Award, Atlanta Jewish Federation, 1990
    • Named One of Ten Outstanding Young Atlantans, 1987

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, American Association for Justice, Leadership Forum
    • Georgia, 1981
    • Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1997 – Present
    • Chairman, Professional Liability Section, Georgial Trial Lawyers Association, 2001
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1992
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
    • Member, State Bar of Georgia Aviation, Products Liability Section
    • Member, American Association for Justice, Products Liability & Aviation Section
    • Chairman, State Bar of Georgia Aviation Seection, 1988
    • Former Member, American Arbitration Association, Panel of Commercial Arbitrators
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1993
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1993
    • Member, State Bar of Georgia Aviation, Litigation Section
    • Member, American Association for Justice, Medical Malpractice Section
    • District of Columbia, 1986
    • Co-Chairman, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Professional Liability Committee, 2000 – 2003
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1981
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
    • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board of Directors, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer Foundation, 2012
    • Member, Trial Lawyers Care, 2001 - 2003
    • Board of Directors, Cool Girls, Inc., 1999 – 2001
    • Board of Directors, American Jewish Committee Southeastern Region, 1996 – 2000
    • Volunteer, One Child, One Lawyer program, 2006 - Present
    • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer's Foundation, 1982 - Present
    • Board of Directors, Anti-Defamation League Southeastern Region, 1986 – 1997
    • Board of Directors, Our House, Inc., Children's Day Shelter, 1994 - 1996
    • Board of Directors, The Paideia School, 1999 – 2005

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Program Chair, Issues in Professional Negligence Seminar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
    • It is 'Products Liability', Right?, 38 For the Defense 10, October, 1996
    • Responding to an Appeal and Voluntary Dismissal (Co-author), Lawyers Cooperative Federal Practice Guide, Federal Appellate Procedure, Eleventh Circuit, Volume 1, June, 1996
    • A Practical Guide To Ergonomics (Co-author), Federal Publications, Inc., October, 1993
    • Products Liability: Think and Act Defensively, Homecare, October, 1991
    • Products Liability: The Best Offense Is a Good Defense, Homecare, September 1991
    • Using Government Investigative Reports in Product Liability Litigation, 18 Product Safety & Liability Reporter 48, November 30, 1990
    • Program Chair, Issues in Professional Negligence Seminar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
    • Sharpening Your Deposition Strategy, Professional Education Systems, November 19, 1999
    • Spoliation of Evidence, Aviation Law Seminar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, December 1, 1994
    • Discovery Issues in Complex Coverage Cases, Seminar on Insurance Excess and Reinsurance Coverage Disputes, Practicing Law Institute, New York, NY, 1991
    • Evidentiary Issues in Products Liability Litigation, Product Liability Institute, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 1990
    • Claims for Psychic Injuries and Property Damage, Proof of Damages Seminar, April and September 1989, Georgia State University Center for Continuing Legal Education, 1989
    • Jurisdictional Issues in Aviation Cases, Aviation Law Seminar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 1988
    • Georgia State University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2016
    • The Apology Statute in Medical Malpractice Claims, Georgia Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, April 16 2009
    • Personal Injury Settlements in Georgia, National Business Institute (NBI), January 23, 2002

    Educational Background:

    • University of Virginia, B.A. in American Government, with Highest Distinction, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, 1978

    Industry Groups

    • American Association For Justice Leaders Forum
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    One Securities Centre, Suite 650
    3490 Piedmont Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30305

    Phone: 404-812-4747

    Fax: 404-812-4740

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