J. Chad Mitchell - Summit Law Group PLLC

J. Chad Mitchell

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2016

Chad has extensive experience handling complex commercial disputes, and advises on environmental matters both foreign and domestic. Chad has tried cases in state and federal courts, and before international tribunals. He joined Summit Law Group from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago.

Eastern Oregon UniversityBS 1995J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young UniversityJ.D. 1998
City of Richland Housing & Community DevelopmentRichland School DistrictBoy Scouts of America

Case History

International Engagements

Defending Taiwanese company in $80 million toxic tort class-action lawsuit, the first of its kind in Taiwan.

Defended Greek company in $85 million International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration in London regarding privatization of satellite imaging.

Represented one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household products in a post-closing purchase price adjustment before a German arbitral tribunal (ICC).

Represented auto-industry OEM in post-closing purchase price adjustment dispute against French company in ICC arbitration seated in Toronto.

Represented client in challenges and response to cleanup orders from Taiwan’s regulators and oversight of cleanup of former manufacturing facility in Taiwan.

Drafting and negotiating arbitration provisions in commercial agreements.

Advising on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.

Domestic Engagements

EFT Holdings, Inc., et al. v. Meifu Development Co., Ltd., et al. (Los Angeles County Superior Court):  Represented two foreign defendants who challenged the court's jurisdiction and also moved to have the case tried in Taiwan per forum non-conveniens. After filing those pleadings, the case was dismissed by plaintiffs who sought approximately $22 million in damages.

Plymouth Grain Terminals, LLC, et al. v. Lansing Grain Company, LLC, et al. (E.D. Wash.): Two-week jury trial that settled mid-trial. Represented defendants in a multi-million dollar breach of contract action regarding corn merchandising.

EnergySolutions, LLC v. ABW Technologies, Inc. (Benton Co. Superior Court, Wash.): Representing EnergySolutions in contract dispute involving fabrication of gloveboxes for remediation of Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

Heckler and Koch, Inc. v. Precision Airsoft, Inc. (E.D. Wash.): Represented plaintiff in trademark and trade dress dispute, which was favorably settled.

Numbers Licensing, LLC v. bVisual USA, Inc. (E.D. Wash.): Defeated motion for preliminary injunction (reported at 643 F. Supp. 2d 1245) and successfully settled matter for defendants.

Winthrop Construction Inc. v. Terra Blanca Vintners, Inc. (Wash.): Using streamlined arbitration proceeding, obtained favorable award for plaintiff, including nearly $250,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.

Environmental Matters

Advised client on response to cleanup orders from Taiwan’s regulators (EPA and EPB) and remediation of former manufacturing facility in Taiwan.

W.R. Grace & Co. v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. (W.D. Mich.): Successfully obtained summary judgment for plaintiff seeking contribution for responding to an EPA emergency administrative order under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Represented client in federal (C.D. Ill.) and state (Ill.) cost recovery lawsuits and federal grand jury investigation (C.D. Ill.) in connection with environmental incident resulting in a fish kill.

Represented multiple clients in connection with CERCLA actions and environmental regulatory matters.

Client Comments

"Chad had the expertise or was quick to locate the expertise within or outside of his firm, was very responsive at all times, understood our business objectives relating to the litigation, and took costs into consideration. The integrity he projects reflected well on our company. I would strongly recommend J. Chad Mitchell as a strong litigator."

-Tony Larson

Office Location

315 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98104-2682
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Environmental