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Richard C. Mitchell is a partner with Mitchell & Shapiro LLP. He concentrates on personal injury matters, including medical malpractice, product liability, and aviation accidents. In 2003 and 2014, he was voted by his peers in Georgia Trend magazine as one of Georgia's "Legal Elite" in the personal injury area. From 2005 through 2015 the readers of Atlanta Magazine voted him a “Georgia Super Lawyer” in personal injury litigation. He is regarded as one of the most experienced personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Richard C. Mitchell was an associate and partner with the major law firm Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy for over 14 years before leaving to start his own firm in 1997. During that time, he successfully represented numerous manufacturers and insurers in product liability cases, including manufacturers of automobiles, aircraft and aircraft components, forklifts, woodworking machinery, chemicals, conveyor belts, and electric limit switches. He left the large firm in order to concentrate on representing injured individuals. Mr. Mitchell’s years of experience defending clients in personal injury cases and working with insurance companies have given him a unique insight into the civil litigation process and an ability to work with defendants to obtain favorable results for his clients. He is a successful veteran of more than 100 trials, arbitrations, and mediations; he therefore has the experience and skills to achieve his clients' goals before a judge and jury in the event a settlement cannot be reached. As one of the finest personal injury lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia, Richard C. Mitchell has been a frequent speaker at seminars and the author of chapters in several treatises and legal articles.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Contact info

Mitchell & Shapiro LLP

3490 Piedmont Road N East Suite 650
Atlanta, GA, 30305

Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 40%
  2. Personal Injury: 40%
  3. Aviation: 20%



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  • Edward D. Flynn III

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Richard for many years now, and he truly is a great attorney who cares for his clients and fights tirelessly for them. In fact, I find myself routinely consulting with Richard on potential medical malpractice cases, and his advice is always spot-on. I have no reservation endorsing Richard to any prospective client.


    Edward Flynn Car accident Attorney
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  • Donald W Singleton

    Richard Mitchell is a consummate professional. He is smart, compassionate and cares about his clients deeply. I endorse Richard without qualification.


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GAActive Member in Good Standing 198108/05/2016
DCInactive 198605/27/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Georgia SuperlawyerAtlanta Magazine2016
Georgia Super LawyerAtlanta Magazine2015
Georgia Legal Elite for personal injury lawGeorgia Trend Magazine2014
Georgia SuperlawyersAtlanta Magazine2014
Top rated in personal injury lawThe American Lawyer2013
Georgia SuperlawyersAtlanta Magazine2013
Georgia SuperlawyersAtlanta Magazine2012
Georgia SuperlawyersAtlanta Magazine2011
Georgia SuperlawyersAtlanta Magazine2010
Georgia Super LawyersAtlanta Magazine2009
Georgia Super LawyersAtlanta Magazine2008
Georgia Super LawyersAtlanta Magazine2007
Georgia Super LawyersAtlanta Magazine2006
Georgia Super LawyersAtlanta Magazine2005
Named one of Georgia's Legal Elite for personal injury lawGeorgia Trend Magazine2003
Abe Schwartz Young Leadership AwardAtlanta Jewish Federation1990
Ten Outstanding Young AtlantansOutstanding Atlanta1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMitchell & Shapiro LLP1997 - Present
PartnerPowell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy1982 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember1997 - Present
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
Atlanta Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1981 - Present
Aviation Section- Georgia BarChairman1988 - 1988
American Arbitration AssociationArbitrator1985 - 1997
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jenkins v DeKalb Medical Center$1,500,000 verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lawyers Cooperative Federal Practice GuideResponding to an Appeal and Voluntary Dismissal1996
For The Defense (DRI, Defense Research Institute)It is 'Products Liability', Right1996
Federal PublicationsA Practical Guide To Ergonomics1993
HomecareProducts Liability: The Best Offense Is a Good Defense1991
HomecareProducts Liability: Think and Act Defensively1991
Product Safety & Liability Reporter“Using Government Investigative Reports in Product Liability Litigation1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of VirginiaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Georgia Trial Lawyers Annual ConventionChallenges to Physician Admission Exclusion2009
National Business InstitutePersonal Injury Settlements in Georgia2002
Georgia Trial LawyersProgram Chair, Issues in Professional Negligence Seminar2002
Professional Education SystemsSharpening Your Deposition Strategy1999
Institute of Continuing Legal Education in GeorgiaSpoliation of Evidence, Aviation Law Seminar1994
Practicing Law InstituteSeminar on Insurance Excess and Reinsurance Coverage Disputes1991
Institute of Product Liability Institute, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in GeorgiaEvidentiary Issues in Products Liability Litigation1990
Georgia State University Center for Continuing Legal EducationClaims for Psychic Injuries and Property Damage, Proof of Damages Seminar1989
Aviation Law Seminar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in GeorgiaJurisdictional Issues in Aviation Cases1988