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John W. Mitchell

Criminal defense Attorney at Bedford, NY

5.0   6 reviews

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    65%
    My practice is primarily criminal defense and civil litigation in both federal and state courts

    8 years, 350 cases

  2. Appeals
    35%
    I do both federal appeals (in a number of circuit courts of appeals) and I also do state appeals in New York and in other states

    38 years, 50 cases

John W. Mitchell, Esq. is a litigator with extensive experience in both state and federal civil and criminal litigation, appeals and post-conviction proceedings. He holds an "AV Preeminent 5.0 Peer Review Rating" from Martindale Hubbell. He is widely respected by both the bench and the bar. Although his practice is mostly in the State of New York, he has been admitted pro hac vice in cases throughout the United States. He has served as a lecturer and author for Continuing Legal Education classes for the Practicing Law Institute and The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

As the Court recently observed in Cont'l Cas. Co. v. Caramadre, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20661 (D.R.I. 2020): "Attorney Mitchell practices law primarily in New York. A seasoned litigator, he has focused on and excelled at civil and criminal litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Attorney Mitchell submitted persuasive declarations from three attorneys who practice outside of Rhode Island, have worked with him as co-counsel in several cases and averred to the high quality of his work. Attorney Mitchell’s rate is reasonable by standards for a senior litigation lawyer serving as lead counsel in a complex civil case."

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Licensed for 46 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1976
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact John

Law Firm of John W. Mitchell
P.O. Box 163
Bedford, NY, 10506

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Polite and knowledgeable
John is very polite and knowledgeable. My circumstance involved and out of state issue. Although he was not license in the state I needed he offered his help to locate an attorney that could help me.
Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2015
Spoke with Mr. Mitchell briefly about my case
He was wonderful and compassionate. He answered my question regarding a very serious legal matter that has been bothering me for years. He came up with the answer to my question in 5 minutes while it took me 7 hours of research the night before. Mr. Mitchell was so kind and generous with his knowledge that he brought a certain peace over me. He was extremely patient with me. I will never forget the interaction I had with him this past weekend. Wish he could take my case! God bless you Mr. Mitchell!
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Posted by Judith Fabre McDonough | May 12, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
John Mitchell is a great listener and can diagnose the legal issue,and make understandable to the lay person. . He is very experienced, and highly knowledgeable. He then goes on to run the traps and explain clearly the strategy that needs to be implemented. He guided us in a 2255 and refined the application, specified timelines that needed to be met to be in compliance. He has kept me abreast of the progress of the appeal and checked in to see if I was aware. He is also compassionate. He has helped me feel that we are not alone in the process. He is a super lawyer, I highly recommend him
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2015
An outstanding lawyer
John Mitchell is an unique combination of superlative legal skills, unassailable integrity and thorough, caring decency. Having been let down (a euphemism for dishonest, callous and shoddy professional behaviour) by a series of lawyers the serendipitous happenstance of coming across him was all the more appreciated. His knowledge of the law and advocacy are first rate, his integrity and dedication to the cause of his client are unsurpassable, and his compassion and fundamental decency would be rare in any stratum of society--let alone practitioners of law. Speaking from first hand experience, and having an international legal and business background of my own , I cannot recommend John Mitchell highly enough. Fortunate is the client who retains him.
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Posted by Steven sarti | May 3, 2015
Lawyer for my case Operation Iron Curtain
Excellent lawyer, John W. Mitchell Never quit for my freedom and that is why you hire a lawyer especially when you are facing a long prison term. He never let me down even when it was the worst of situations and I was a very hard and angry client to deal with. He gave me his best and actually cared about my life when the rest of the world did not care. Because of what he did for me he is a friend for life. Thank you John everyday I live my life outside of prison I think of the people that helped me through those years and who was there for me. Sincerely, Steven
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Posted by Debbie | May 1, 2015
John W. Mitchell
Atty. John Mitchell is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys I have ever met. Other Lawyers and even Judges are amazed at his research ability and knowledge of the law. When he takes on a client he represents him till the very end and works tirelessly morning, noon & night, day in and day out to get an innocence verdict. If you need a TOP NOTCH lawyer, John W. Mitchell is the MAN! I would recommend him to anyone.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Law Offices of John W. Mitchell
  • 1996 - Present
  • Partner
  • LaRossa Mitchell & Ross
  • 1983 - 1996

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • People v. Ali Moalawi, Ind. No. 5256/2015
  • Motion sub judice

Associations

  • Unites States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Member of the Bar
  • 1994 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Member of the Bar
  • 1986 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Member of the Bar
  • 1986 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Member of the Bar
  • 1979 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Member of the Bar
  • 1977 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Member of the Bar
  • 1977 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • Member of the Bar
  • 1977 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Avvo Top Contribtor 2015
  • Avvo Top Contributor 2015 Criminal Defense
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Proceedings To Vacate Prior Convictions Subsequent To Padilla v. Kentucky
  • Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2011
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • "Cross to Kill" - New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Cross Examination
  • 2015
  • "Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2011" - Practicing Law Institute
  • Proceedings To Vacate Prior Convictions Subsequent To Padilla v. Kentucky
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
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Federal crime Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Attorney Mitchell is without question the hardest working, intelligent and able litigator I have had the pleasure of working with. His veracity in the courtroom and his tireless work ethic ensures that everyone of his clients is provided with the best legal representation available. The caliber of John's representation is second to none and all those who retain Attorney Mitchell can sleep easy knowing they have "The Best" in their corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. John has one of the most facile legal minds in the business. He is extremely hard working, and as one Federal District Court Judge we tried a case to a not guilty result told me, is "scary smart.""
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the privilege of working with John as pro hac vice counsel on a 1st Cir. Fed. Ct. case that went to trial in October of 2014. John worked endless hours on the case. His brilliant writing and superb advocacy secured a verdict on not guilty on all counts. I can't speak highly enough of John, his skills are unmatched!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"He's an outstanding defense attorney and I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse John W. Mitchell as a truly outstanding criminal defense with special expertise in all forms of post-conviction relief."
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Bedford Criminal defense Lawyer John W. Mitchell
John W. Mitchell
Criminal defense Attorney
Bedford, NY
Licensed for 46 years