Caroline Mitchell litigates complex commercial disputes with a focus on defending corporations in actions arising from foreign events, including environmental, human rights, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), Alien Tort Statute, and fraud claims.
In one of her cases, Jones Day defeated class certification and secured dismissal of a multibillion environmental claim. She has successfully defended clients against slavery and kidnapping allegations. She served on the trial team in securing defense verdict in a jury trial of a major oil company accused of human rights violations. 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 also advises clients about jurisdictional challenges when clients are sued in unfavorable forums and international discovery issues, including 28 U.S.C. 1782. Caroline also assisted a major oil company in securing an affirmative RICO judgment against plaintiffs and their counsel who had secured a fraudulent judgment abroad.
Caroline also represents clients in antitrust and unfair competition claims, including representing clients from the oil, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, video game, health care, and floral industries in price-fixing, monopolization, and unfair competition lawsuits. Caroline's recent matters include securing a complete defense verdict after a five-week trial in a landmark health care antitrust class action that was the 2022 Defense Verdict of the Year in California.
Caroline has represented clients in pro bono matters, including domestic violence restraining orders, prisoner rights', and immigration cases. She was the founding board president of the Family Violence Appellate Project, which advocates for survivors of domestic violence in 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
- 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)