David Mitchell is an experienced litigator who has prosecuted consumer protection cases in 12 states and 17 federal jurisdictions. Mr. Mitchell has twice been selected as a SuperLawyers Rising Star. Mr. Mitchell has also been named the #1 Consumer Protection Lawyer by his peers in consecutive years for 2016 and 2017 in Tampa Magazine's TopLawyers list, and was named the #1 Healthcare and Insurance Litigation attorney by his peers in the 2017 TopLawyers? list. Mr. Mitchell concentrates his practice as a Trial Lawyer in the areas of Consumer Protection Law and general tort litigation, representing individuals who have been harassed, abused or harmed by unlawful debt collection practices and telemarketing practices, as well as healthcare providers and patients who have been harmed by unlawful conduct on the part of health insurers and plan administrators.
Mr. Mitchell has obtained substantial jury verdicts on behalf of consumers who have been harmed by these unlawful practices, and has helped consumers across the nation hold debt collectors, subprime auto lenders, payday & title loan companies, credit card companies, mortgage companies, major banks, health insurance payers and health insurance plan administrators accountable for their conduct. His clients include debtors and non-debtors who have been the victims of abusive debt collection and telemarketing practices, including those who have suffered telephone harassment and collection efforts after bankruptcy discharge, and healthcare providers and patients who have been the victims of unlawful insurance write downs and claim denials. He litigates on behalf of consumers in state and federal courts in Florida and in multiple jurisdictions throughout the United States. Mr. Mitchell's practice is focused on representing consumers against companies that put profit over people.
Mr. Mitchell frequently appears on television news outlets providing opinions and legal commentary on national consumer issues, as further reflected in the PRESS link.
EDUCATION & COURT ADMISSIONS
Mr. Mitchell attended the University of Florida, where he majored in Finance and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After graduating from the University of Florida, David then achieved his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Stetson University College of Law, and his Masters of Business Administration from Stetson University. During law school, David founded the Stetson University College of Law chapter of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, and was recognized as one of the nation's top law students in the area of legal writing, ranking among the top six in a prominent nationwide legal writing contest for his scholarly article on the subject of international trends in punitive damages awards, which was selected for publication in a national legal journal.
After graduating from Stetson, David began his legal career, and developed his trial skills, under the tutelage of his father, Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer Daniel P. Mitchell, with whom David gained extensive experience as a Trial Lawyer. Before concentrating his practice in the area of consumer protection, David honed his skills in personal injury litigation, construction and real estate litigation, appellate practice, and insurance coverage litigation.
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David is an active member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates ("NACA"). NACA is an organization of more than 1500 attorneys who represent and have represented hundreds of thousands of consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive, and predatory business practices. As a national organization fully committed to promoting justice for consumers, NACA's members and their clients are actively engaged in promoting a fair and open marketplace that forcefully protects the rights of consumers, particularly those of modest means. To learn more about NACA, visit consumeradvocates.org.
PROFESSIONAL HONORS & AWARDS
David has been voted the #1 Consumer Law attorney in the Tampa Bay area by his peers in consecutive years for 2016 and 2017, and was voted the #1 Healthcare and Insurance Litigation attorney by his peers for 2017, as reflected in the 2016 and 2017 TopLawyers List, published in the Tampa Magazine Top Lawyers Edition.
The TopLawyers List identifies the Tampa Bay area's best lawyers covering 87 separate practice areas, which is voted upon and decided by all Tampa Bay area lawyers. The selection of the attorneys comprising the TopLawyers List is purely peer-driven. Tampa Magazine mails close to 11,000 surveys to attorneys in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties each year, using records obtained from the Florida Bar, and requests that the attorneys nominate their peers?who in their judgement are the best?in 87 separate practice areas, and return the surveys in anonymous prepaid return envelopes. The votes from those surveys are then tallied, and the attorneys garnering the most peer endorsements in each respective practice area are selected to comprise the TopLawyers List.
David was selected for inclusion and profiled as a SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2016 and 2017. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state.
SuperLawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.
The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes:
- Peer nominations
- Independent research by SuperLawyers
- Evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys
The objective of SuperLawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel.
The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in SuperLawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as in the Florida SuperLawyers Digital Magazine.
VOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY SERVICE
David achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The designation "Eagle Scout" has a long history since its founding over one hundred years ago. Only a small percentage of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill and involve hundreds of hours of community service in total. Eagle candidates are required to demonstrate responsible citizenship, character, self-reliance, leadership, and community service, culminating in the completion of the Eagle Scout Service Project, which requires an Eagle Scout candidate to plan, develop, lead and complete a significant project for the benefit of the community. Eagle Scout Service Projects contribute more than three million hours of volunteer community service each year, and have contributed more than 100 million hours of service in total.
Since the inception of the Eagle Scout award in 1912, only 2.01 percent of eligible Scouts have earned Scouting's highest honor. Eagle Scouts are expected to set an example for other Scouts and to become the leaders in life that they have demonstrated themselves to be in Scouting. Statistics show that Eagle Scouts are disproportionately represented in the military, service academy graduates, in higher education and academia, major professions, the clergy, business and politics. Nine Eagle Scouts have been awarded the Medal of Honor, and at least forty astronauts earned the rank as a youth, including Neil Armstrong and Charles Duke who walked on the moon. Eagle Scouts who have held public office include 38th President of the United States Gerald R. Ford, 22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, 13th and 21st U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Stephen Breyer.