Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1985
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Yale University, 1978
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Mitchell Y. Mirviss

Partner

Mitch Mirviss co-chairs the firm's appellate advocacy group.  He represents clients in appellate and other complex litigation in many areas of commercial litigation, product liability, and intellectual property.  He has extensive experience in such matters as jurisdiction, punitive damages, attorney-client privilege, class actions, constitutional and civil rights, intentional torts, malpractice, and children's rights.

Client Benefits

With twenty-eight years of successful appellate practice experience, Mitch has handled a broad array of complex legal issues in both federal and state appellate courts.  He has overturned seven large, multi-million-dollar punitive damage verdicts and sanctions judgments totaling over $400 million and resulting in no tort liability.  In addition, he brought and successfully argued a major Fifth Amendment case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Maurice M. v. Bouknight, 493 U.S. 549 (1990) and co-drafted the winning briefs in Howard Delivery Serv., Inc. v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 547 U.S. 651 (2006), a significant and widely cited bankruptcy law decision.

Significant Matters

Mitch represented the majority owners of the Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers and Philips Arena in a $170 million high-profile fight against a minority owner over control of the teams and arena (including the appellate briefs that reversed a trial court judgment divesting the minority owners of ownership at no cost plus capital contributions of less than $30 million).  He has focused on complex corporate finance and fraud issues arising out of the Enron bankruptcy, writing the briefs that defeated legal challenges to Enron’s actions to recover over $2 billion paid for derivative transactions, commercial paper, energy trading, and various fraudulent credit facilities. 

He has handled a series of patent infringement, government contract disputes, and bid protest appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as well as seven punitive damage appeals in federal and Maryland state cases (all successful in reversing jury verdicts ranging from $1 million to $200 million).  Mitch also has handled a wide variety of issues in the Maryland appellate courts – products liability; labor law; fraud; tortious interference; conversion; joint tortfeasor issues; preemption; attorney-client privilege and ethics; and a range of commercial issues.

Activities

Mitch is an active participant in community affairs.  In addition to heading the firm's pro bono committee for several years, he has served multiple terms as president of the board of directors of Advocates for Children & Youth, Inc., a statewide advocacy organization on children's issues, written legislation reforming court procedures for foster children, and served eleven years on the board of the Maryland Disability Law Center. Mitch successfully litigated a constitutional challenge to Maryland's denial of counsel at bail hearings, establishing a statewide right to an attorney at bail.  He has served for the past twenty-seven years as lead counsel for a class of up to 10,000 Baltimore foster children in litigating and monitoring a federal consent decree requiring broad protections for their safety and well-being, most recently winning a major decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upholding the rights of foster children to enforce federal child welfare laws. These efforts have helped reduce the number of children in foster care by 80%.  He has done extensive pro bono work in areas such as civil rights, domestic violence, disability rights, and voting rights.