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Adam S. Mitchell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Schools & Education Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville St., Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-821-4711
Fax: 919-829-1583
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Schools & Education
Attorney Profile

Adam Mitchell graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University in 1998.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Mitchell taught third grade in East Palo Alto, California.  During his time in the classroom, he earned a master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco. After teaching for three years, he was elected to the school board as part of a community-wide effort dedicated to improving student achievement and restoring fiscal stability. Mr. Mitchell served a four-year term on the board, and was elected president during his first year in office.

While serving on the school board, Mr. Mitchell entered law school at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).  He graduated in 2007 and was awarded academic prizes in civil procedure and trial advocacy.

Mr. Mitchell's practice is focused on representation of public schools and other educational institutions and election law. In his education law practice, Mr. Mitchell assists school systems across North Carolina with a variety of legal issues.  He regularly handles complex personnel matters and investigations.  Mr. Mitchell advises clients on matters related to the open meetings, public records, policy revisions, special education, school construction, and other matters.  He has also handled litigation in both state and federal courts on behalf of school system clients.

Mr. Mitchell has assisted individuals and candidates in a variety of elections matters, including successful election protests and residency challenges.  He has also represented a political party in litigation concerning ballot access and has handled a variety of matters under the Voting Rights Act, including seeking preclearance under Section 5.  Mr. Mitchell is knowledgeable about redistricting issues and has represented cities, counties, and school districts on redistricting matters following the 2010 census.

Mr. Mitchell is a public school board lawyer.

About Adam S. Mitchell

First Admitted: 2007, North Carolina

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • 10th Judicial District Bar, Member
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Admitted
  • Western District of North Carolina, Admitted
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • Eastern District of North Carolina, Admitted
  • United States Supreme Court, Admitted
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Education Law Section, Member
  • Middle District of North Carolina, Admitted


  • Best Law Firms, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®

Educational Background

  • Duke University - B.S., 1998
  • University of San Francisco, M.Ed., Educational Leadership
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Office Location for Adam S. Mitchell

150 Fayetteville St.
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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