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.
The Hague Choice of Court Convention Takes Effect, and With It Greater Certainty for International Transactions
Mobile Apps: Redefining the Virtual California Economy and the Laws that Govern It, COMPETITION: The Journal of the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section of the State Bar of California
- August 2015The Inter-Continental Conundrum: Navigating Litigation Holds
- November 2010New Federal Rules for Pending Cases (Dec. 1, 2010), The Daily Journal 116.231 at 7
- September 2010The Dawn of a Lawless Era, Daily Journal
- October 2009Text Messaging: The Next Advertising Frontier Requires Counsel to Proceed With Caution, The Corporate Counselor
- Fall 2009In re Hydrogen Peroxide Antitrust Litigation: A Forecast of the Future of Class Certification in the Ninth Circuit, Competition, at 23
- July 20, 2009Shoulder to Lean On: Robert Mittelstaedt
- 2008Returning RICO to Racketeers: Corporations Cannot Constitute an Associated-in-Fact Enterprise Under 18 U.S.C. § 1961(4), 13 Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. L. 1
- October 4, 2012
Jones Day Hosts California Client Development Event for Women
- February 2012
Managing a Data Breach, Bay Area General Counsel's Group
- February 7, 2012
Managing a Data Breach. JD CLE University
- University of Minnesota (J.D. magna cum laude 1989; Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Law Review); Bryn Mawr College (A.B. 1984)
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)