Partner, The Mitchell Law Group
George Mason University School of Law, J.D.
James Madison University, B.S.
Best known for:
I practice medical malpractice litigation — defending physicians, hospitals and dentists across the commonwealth. I also represent health care providers in administrative proceedings before the boards of the Virginia Department of Health Professions. Other services I’m known for include baking spanakopita and singing along to “Frozen” with my toddler.
Signature case / representation:
Each of my cases is important in its own way. I have had the opportunity to represent practitioners in many different specialties and under a vast array of circumstances. Having the opportunity to advocate for each of these providers in their time of need gives me great satisfaction and lasting memories. If I had to pick a couple of recent cases, I would select two. In February 2021, Byron Mitchell and I tried the first multiday medical malpractice trial in Virginia since the pandemic and earned a defense verdict for a critical care physician. This was in Charlottesville Circuit Court. In October 2021, we tried a case in Petersburg where the plaintiff alleged negligence against two hospitalist physicians and a nephrologist. The jury rendered a defense verdict for our client, but a $10 million verdict against the co-defendant nephrologist.
Satisfying aspect of practice:
I get to work with and against fantastic people. I represent clients throughout the entire commonwealth, and I find that the Virginia med-mal bar is made up of respectable, smart, hardworking attorneys on both sides. I’m grateful to spend my days with good people.
Working with clients:
Being sued can be devastating and life changing for a health care provider. I understand what they are going through and I try to be patient and compassionate. At the same time, I am honest and direct, and I make sure the providers are fully informed, know where they stand and what they face.
Something I have heard and that I pass along is that you have to take your breaks when you can. You will have times that you have less to do. Take advantage of it, relax and enjoy life because, before you know it, you’ll be swamped again.
There have been a lot of changes in the last year. I expect we will continue to see a lot of virtual depositions and hearings.