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Caroline N. Mitchell


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  • University of Minnesota (J.D. magna cum laude 1989; Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Law Review); Bryn Mawr College (A.B. 1984)

Bar Admissions

  • California

Caroline Mitchell litigates complex commercial disputes with a focus on defending corporations against claims related to events in foreign countries, as well as to RICO, the Alien Tort Statute, antitrust, fraud, and unfair competition law. She also defends clients in class actions and parens patriae actions and advises them on privacy issues.

Caroline has worked on complex discovery issues in long-standing environmental and RICO claims. She also served on the trial team in Bowoto v. Chevron Corporation, which was recognized by various legal publications as the defense verdict of 2008 in California. As part of that case, Caroline litigated difficult questions relating to choice of law, RICO, the Alien Tort Statute, jurisdiction, preemption, capacity, statute of limitations, and vicarious liability. She also cultivated key third-party witnesses. Caroline has worked on numerous matters relating to oil industry activity in Nigeria. She has represented clients in the oil, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, video game, and floral industries in price-fixing, monopolization, and unfair competition lawsuits.

Caroline is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She has successfully represented clients in many pro bono matters, including veterans benefit issues, prisoners' rights, medical care, race discrimination, discrimination based on HIV status, and discrimination based on disabilities. She also has challenged the constitutionality of a state proposition. Caroline is president of the board of directors of the Family Violence Appellate Project, which facilitates pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence in California's appellate courts.

Honors & Distinctions

  • 2012 Outstanding Public Service Award from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program

    Named one of the top women litigators in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal (2005)

    Roll Call for Social Justice Award from the Legal Aid Society (2002)
Caroline Mitchell