Elizabeth Mitchell has tried dozens of civil and criminal cases in both federal and state court. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, spanning a wide range of substantive areas including commercial disputes, trade secret allegations, False Claims Act, legal malpractice, and civil rights litigation. She pioneered a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the City and County of Los Angeles demanding beds for thousands of homeless, and clean and safe streets for the community; the complaint prompted swift and dynamic action by the Federal Court during the COVID-19 crisis.
Prior to joining Spertus, Landes & Umhofer, Ms. Mitchell was an attorney with the Police Litigation Unit in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office where she worked on complicated, high-profile, and high-exposure civil cases involving allegations of civil rights violations, excessive force, wrongful death, and false arrest, including several class-action lawsuits. In addition to trials, she handled all aspects of litigation, ultimately saving the city hundreds of millions of dollars. Prior to joining Police Litigation, Ms. Mitchell was a prosecutor in the L.A. City Attorney’s Office where she handled criminal cases focusing on violent and sexual crimes, and trained new deputies and volunteers with the office’s high-volume Central Trials Division.
Ms. Mitchell was a Dean’s Merit Scholar at Pepperdine School of Law, graduating cum laude and serving as Managing Editor of the Dispute Resolution Law Journal. She also served as the Vice President of the International Law Society, was a member of Advocates for Public Interest Law, and published an article, Towards Enforcement in the [International Criminal Court]. During law school, she clerked at the United States Attorney’s Office, focusing on organized crime and terrorism, and in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Sex Crimes Division. Prior to law school Ms. Mitchell graduated cum laude from the University of California, Riverside with a joint degree in Psychology/Law and Society, was on the Dean’s List, was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, Phi Alpha Delta, Politics and Law Students Club, and studied abroad in Goettingen, Germany.
Ms. Mitchell has served on the boards of Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and California Women Lawyers, the Cedars Sinai NICU Parent Family Council, and is active in her church.