David B. Mitchell Esq.

David B. Mitchell Esq.

Member
Location:
Coral Gables, Florida
Phone:
305-704-7347
Fax:
305-461-5102
Email:

David B. Mitchell, Esq. holds the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell's international lawyers reference, and is a member of the Florida Bar and its Family Law Section. He also holds a Superb rating from Avvo.He is a recipient of the distinguished service award from the Dade County Bar Association for his past service as volunteer counsel in the Guardian Ad Litem program and recently served as the vice-chair of the Association's County Courts Committee. Mr. Mitchell is also a long-standing member of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

A past president of the Coral Gables Bar Association in 2005, he was the recipient of its President's Award and received the annual Put Something Back award from the Dade County Bar Association for voluntary efforts. He is a life member of the Florida Council of Voluntary Bar Association Presidents.

Mr. Mitchell is a two-time recipient of the Key to the City of Coral Gables in recognition of his significant contribution to improving the quality of life of his community where he has served as the past president of the Ponce de Leon Development Association. Immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, he is a Benefactor of the Rotary International Foundation, member of the Bequest Society and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Mr. Mitchell also served two terms as president of Coral Gables Citizens' Crime Watch, and was appointed by the mayor of the City of Coral Gables to serve on both the City-Wide Anti-Crime Committee and Public Safety Committee, two municipal advisory boards which he chaired. Mr. Mitchell is also a member for many years of the Coral Gables Community Foundation, the leading charitable organization in the city.

He is the immediate past president of the Miami Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and is a member of the Jamestowne Society, the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States, the Baronial Order of Magna Charta, the Royal Society of St. George in England, and numerous genealogical and historical research societies. He authored The Magna Charta and the American Revolution which appeared in the national heritage publication, Flintlock & Powderhorn, in 2005.

A graduate of Leadership Miami, he has served on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations. Since 1999, Mr. Mitchell is listed in every edition of "Who's Who in American Law" and "Who's Who in America."

A strong proponent of alternative methods for the resolution of disputes, Mr. Mitchell has been a Florida Supreme court- certified family and county court mediator since 1991. Having mediated hundreds of family court cases, he is also a Florida Supreme Court-qualified arbitrator and currently mediates homeowner insurance disputes for the Florida Department of Financial Services. Mr. Mitchell mediated and arbitrated dozens of consumer claims as part of the nation-wide Prudential Insurance class-action settlement, a pioneering nation-wide program.

Areas of Practice

  • 90% Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • 10% Alternative Dispute Resolution

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Court Mediator, Florida Supreme Court, 1991
  • County Court Mediator, Florida Supreme Court, 2003
  • Arbitrator, State and Federal Courts, Florida Supreme Court, 1995
  • Mediator, Florida Department of Financial Services, 1992
  • Prudential Life Insurance National Class Action Remediation Program, Florida Claims Appeal Arbitrator, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1986

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida
    • J.D. - 1978
  • University of Miami
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, England
    • Advanced Diploma in Local History - March, 2011
    • Honors: With Distinction

Published Works

  • "Magna Carta and the American Revolution", Flintlock & Powderhorn, Spring, 2005
  • "Magna Carta and the American Bill of Rights", Baronial Order of Magna Charta Quarterly, Spring, 2010
  • Strategies for Family Law in Florida (2012), Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, 2012
  • "George Washington: The First Administration", Flintlock & Powderhorn, Winter, 2012

Classes/Seminars

  • Temporary Alimony and Child Support, Miami-Dade County Bar Association, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Who's Who In American Law, 2003 - Present
  • Who's Who In America, 2005 - Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, 2003 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Coral Gables Bar Association, President, 2003 - 2004
  • Dade County Bar Association, President, Family Court Committee, 1990 - Present
  • Dade County Bar Association, Vice-Chairman, County Court Committee, 2003 - 2004
  • Federal Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Member, 1990 - Present
  • The Florida Bar, Art and Entertainment Law Section, Chairman, 1980 - 1981
  • Florida Council of Voluntary Bar Association Presidents
  • First Family Law American Inns of Court, 2007 - Present
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
  • The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Courts, Mediator, 1991 - Present
  • Florida Department of Financial Services, Mediator, 1992 - Present
  • Florida Claims Appeal Arbitrator
  • Prudential Life Insurance National Class Action Remediation Program, 1999 - 2000
  • Coral Gables Citizens' Crime Watch, President, 2001 - 2003
  • Coral Gables City-Wide Anti-Crime Committee, Mayoral Appointee, 2001 - 2005
  • Coral Gables City-Wide Anti-Crime Committee, Chairman, 2005
  • Coral Gables Emergency Operations Department, Mayoral Appointee, 2005
  • Coral Gables Public Safety Committee, Mayoral Appointee
  • Coral Gables Public Safety Committee, Chairman, 2006 - 2007
  • Miami Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, President, 2006
  • Rotary Club of Coral Gables, President, 2007 - 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Children's Guardian Ad Litem, 1991 - Present

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi