Overview

Gerard E. Mitchell represents victims of medical malpractice or other acts of negligence.  He is consistently listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America, which named him Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year 2014-2015 in the Washington D.C. Area.  The April 2002 Washingtonian Magazine described him as having the "reputation as the area's most effective medical-malpractice attorney."

Mr. Mitchell is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He is former President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and was Washington, DC TLA’s Lawyer of the Year in 1984.  He also serves as the President of the Youth Leadership Foundation, an organization that offers character and academic training for inner-city youth.

Mr. Mitchell graduated from Georgetown University and the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was Notes and Decisions Editor of the Virginia Law Review. He and his wife, Germana, have nine children.

Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year Washington, D.C. Medical Malpractice Law - 2010 and 2015
  • Best Lawyers® Washington D.C.
  • SuperLawyers® Washington, D.C."Top 100 Lawyers in the D.C. Area" 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 out of 10, Top Attorney - Medical Malpractice
  • Lawyer of the Year, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. - 1984

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Education

University of Virginia School of Law, JD 1969

Georgetown University, BA 1966

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Community & Professional

Community & Professional Activities

  • President, Board of Directors, Youth Leadership Foundation (2011 - present)
  • Board Member, The Heights School (1982 - 2011)
  • Board Member, The Catholic Information Center (2012 - present)
  • Board Member, The Catholic University of America (2018 - present)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (1988 - present)
  • Past President and Board Member, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. (President, 1978-1979)
  • Member, D.C. Superior Court Civil Rules Advisory Committee (1978 - 2019)

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, American University School of Law, 1974-1975

Experience

  • Obtained $23 million judgment in United States District Court for the District of Columbia for victim of bus accident.
  • Co-counsel with son Denis Mitchell in $8.3 million verdict in wrongful death/medical malpractice case in the Circuit Court of Anne Arundel County on behalf of local mother and restaurant proprietor who died during a medical procedure. 
  • Obtained $5.6 million judgment in United States District Court for the District of Maryland for victim of medical negligence at time of birth.
  • Obtained $3.7 million judgment in Circuit Court of Fairfax County for victim of negligent bronchoscopy procedure.
  • Obtained $3.5 million maternal death verdict in Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County for obstetric malpractice.
  • Obtained $2.1 million verdict in Circuit Court for Montgomery County for negligent misreading of mammogram.
  • Successful representation in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia of minor child who suffered brain damage due to negligent ventriculostomy procedure.
  • Successful representation in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County of multiple patients who received unnecessary cardiac stents.
  • Successful representation of multiple amputee victim of negligent treatment of sepsis. 
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