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Over more than 29 years of litigation in state and federal courts, Mitch has defended actions involving personal injury and other torts, construction injury and defects, products liability, premises liability, professional liability, insurance coverage and other contract disputes. He has tried jury cases to verdict in eight different state and federal courts, and has argued appeals before the Illinois Supreme Court and two United States Courts of Appeals. Currently, Mitch’s practice focuses on the defense of complex, multi-party actions involving wrongful death and catastrophic personal injuries in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Mitch began his legal career with the Chicago litigation boutique Phelan, Pope & John in 1980. He joined the law firm of Burditt & Radzius as a shareholder in 1988, and served on its Board of Directors between 1989 and 1998. He was one of the founding partners of Litchfield Cavo, and he served on its Executive Committee from the firm’s inception in 1998 to 2010. He presently serves as the General Counsel of the firm.
A proponent of alternative dispute resolution, Mitch has been a certified chairperson-arbitrator in the local Circuit Court’s Mandatory Arbitration Program, and he was trained and certified as a mediator in that court’s Voluntary Mediation Program. He has participated in court-sponsored and private mediations of more than two hundred civil actions in the Circuit Court of Cook County and throughout the United States.
Mitch accepts pro bono assignments in civil matters in the local District Court as a member of its trial bar, and in civil appeals as a volunteer member of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal's panel of appointed counsel. He was also appointed by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to serve on its Advisory Panel on the Reappointment of Federal Magistrate Judges in 1993.
Each year since 2005, Mitch has been named a Leading Lawyer in the fields of Insurance Defense and Insurance Coverage, a designation representing the top five percent of all lawyers in Illinois, based on a statewide survey of his peers. He has been included in the annual listing of Illinois Super Lawyers, in the practice areas of Civil Litigation Defense, Personal Injury Defense, and Insurance Coverage, since 2006.
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1980||11/21/2016|
|Partner||Litchfield Cavo LLP||1998 - Present|
|Shareholder||Burditt & Radzius, Chartered||1987 - 1998|
|Associate||Phelan, Pope & John, Ltd.||1980 - 1987|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||1980 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois||Member||1980 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Association||N/A||1980 - Present|
|Chicago Council of Lawyers||N/A||1980 - Present|
|University of Michigan Law School||Law||Juris Doctor||1980|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||Political Science||Bachelor of Science||1977|