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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 in actions arising from events in foreign countries, including environmental, human rights, RICO, Alien Tort Statute, and fraud claims. She also defends clients against antitrust and unfair competition claims.

Caroline advises clients facing adverse actions from host governments. She frequently raises jurisdictional challenges to efforts to sue clients in unfavorable forums and advises clients on international discovery issues, including those arising under 28 U.S.C. 1782. Caroline was part of the team that defeated class certification and secured dismissal of a multibillion environmental claim. She has successfully defended clients against various slavery and kidnapping allegations. She 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 represented clients in the oil, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, video game, health care, and floral industries in price-fixing, monopolization, and unfair competition lawsuits.

Caroline has successfully represented clients in pro bono matters, including veterans' benefit issues, prisoners' rights, medical care, race discrimination, discrimination based on HIV status, and discrimination based on disabilities. She is on the board of directors of the Family Violence Appellate Project, which facilitates pro bono representation of survivors 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