Elizabeth Mitchell is an experienced litigator, having tried over 35 civil and criminal cases in both federal and state court. Prior to joining Spertus, Landes, & Umhofer, Ms. Mitchell was an attorney with the elite 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 including extensive discovery and drafting thousands of motions 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 thousands of cases, with a focus 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 (connected with the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, consistently ranked as the number-one dispute resolution program in the country). 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 also 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, 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 and currently serves on the Cedars Sinai NICU Parent Family Council.