Born in Mobile, Alabama on April 7, 1963, Jeff Mitchell graduated from Louisiana State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He attended Louisiana State University, The Paul M. Hebert, School of Law (pictured above) from which he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1989.
During law school, Mr. Mitchell was awarded the Outstanding Oral Advocate award by Mr. F. Lee Bailey during the F. Lee Bailey National Moot Court Competition. Mr. Mitchell's team placed second in the country. Mr. Mitchell was also a member of the National Moot Court Team and was a finalist in the school's Flory Trial competition.
Mr. Mitchell is admitted to practice before the Louisiana Supreme Court, and all Louisiana State District and Appellate Courts. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Mitchell is also admitted to the United States Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Mitchell has been admitted pro hac vice (on a temporary, case by case basis) in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Mitchell focuses his practice in the areas of Traumatic Brain Injury and medical malpractice. He is one of approximately 13 lawyers in Louisiana to be Board Certified in Medical Malpractice Cases by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. In the past 4 years alone, Mr. Mitchell has successfully settled or tried several TBI cases resulting in more than $40 million in recoveries. He also practices in the areas of Automobile Accidents, Products Liability, Premises Liability and Maritime Law.
Awards and Honors
Mr. Mitchell was featured in the April 23, 2012 edition of Newsweek Magazine as one of the Nationwide Leading Attorneys in Medical Malpractice. Only 19 attorneys nationwide were featured overall and only 11 were featured in the area of medical malpractice.
Mr. Mitchell was also just selected for inclusion in the 2012-2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 3.9 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys.
Mr. Mitchell was also just selected for inclusion in the 2012-2016 editions of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of medical malpractice. Only 5 percent of the attorneys in the State of Louisiana are named to the very prestigious list.
Mr. Mitchell’s law firm, The Cochran Firm- Metairie was a recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Litigator Awards, which honors the top 1% of lawyers in this country. The awards are based on actual “Verdict & Settlement” dollar achievement rather than peer popularity making them perhaps the most rigorous and openly judged Award Ratings Mr. Mitchell is also a Top 100 Diplomat in the National Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Mitchell is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Forum. Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
Mr. Mitchell was also selected as a National Finalist of the Lawdragon's Annual Guide to the Leading Lawyers in America. Approximately 3,000 lawyers are awarded the status of National Finalist each year out of the 1.1 million U.S. lawyers. Lawdragon selected the National Finalists (also known as the Lawdragon 3000) from more than 25,000 nominees who were identified through independent research and online submissions, then selected through an intensive three-month peer review, client evaluation and editorial process.
Mr. Mitchell is also the recipient of the prestigious Leadership in Law award for 2010. This award is given to the Top 50 attorneys in New Orleans as judged by a panel of professionals at New Orleans City Business Magazine.
Mr. Mitchell was also named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 trial lawyers from 2007-2016.
In the November 2011 edition of New Orleans Magazine, Mr. Mitchell was recognized as one of only four attorneys as the top lawyers in Medical Malpractice Law.
In December 2010 and 2009, Mr. Mitchell was also named as one of the Top Lawyers in Medical Malpractice by New Orleans Magazine.
Mr. Mitchell holds the distinguished position of Senior Counsel with The College of Master Advocates & Barristers. Senior Counsel status is conferred consistent with the Common Law Tradition of honoring Skill and Experience as a Trial Lawyer as well as a demonstrated commitment to promoting Excellence in the Art of Trial Advocacy
Mr. Mitchell is on the Board of Directors of The Cochran Firm, which has approximately 30 offices nationwide. He is also the Chairman of the Medical Malpractice Section for The Cochran Firm. Mr. Mitchell was also the 2006-2007 Chairman of the Medical Malpractice Section of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Mitchell was one of only 10 members of the Executive Committee of the Louisiana Association For Justice for two years, 2010-2011.
Mr. Mitchell was the Co-Founder and Equity Partner/Co-Owner of the law firms of Phillips & Mitchell, The Cochran Firm New Orleans, and The Cochran Firm Jackson. Mr. Mitchell is currently the founding partner of The Cochran Firm, Metairie and a Co-Founding partner in the Mitchell Sanchez Firm.
Presentations and Legal Articles
Mr. Mitchell has authored numerous legal articles and been a frequent lecturer at legal Seminars. In 2012 he was an invited speaker for the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys at their annual conference held in San Diego, CA where he presented on the topic of Continuity of Care in our Health Care System, He has also been a presenter for the past 5 years at the annual CLE of Louisiana seminar held in locations throughout the Caribbean on various medical malpractice topics. He also co-chaired the seminar titled: Medical Records for Louisiana Attorneys. He has provided written articles and lectured numerous times on Recent Developments in Medical Malpractice.
Mr. Mitchell has written several articles on medical malpractice issues which have been published in the Louisiana Advocate, the newspaper for the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Mitchell has also been interviewed and featured in the publication City Business on several occasions. Mr. Mitchell was the Chairman of the medical malpractice seminar entitled “Issues We Now Face In Medical Malpractice Litigation” which was sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association in November 2002 and which drew over 100 attendees from around the country.” Mr. Mitchell was also picked to speak at the March 2003 Medical Malpractice seminar sponsored by the National Business Institute.
The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has given Mr. Mitchell the legal rating of "AV." Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.
Legal Ability Ratings are:
C-Good to High
B- High to Very High
A-Very High to Preeminent
There is one general ethical standard rating-"V" or "very high." An attorney will not receive a Legal Ability Rating unless he or she has been endorsed for a "V." Only when both ratings are confirmed will an attorney receive a rating.
Traumatic Brain Injuries — Mr. Mitchell has recently handled several traumatic brain injury cases resulting in verdicts and settlements exceeding $40,000,000.
$4,661,333 Million Verdict --Traumatic Brain Injury — Verdict obtained on behalf of a truck driver who sustained a mild traumatic brain injury when he was hit in the head by a board that was propelled in the air when a forklift operator dropped a pallet of copper while unloading the truck.
$10,000,000 settlement for Brain Injury — Client suffered brain injury.
$4.5 Million Settlement — For a client that was not timely diagnosed with cancer.
$6,015,000 Verdict — Obtained on behalf of a doctor who sustained injuries in a slip and fall incident.
$1,750,000 Settlement — Medical malpractice client who was injured during a botched spinal surgery causing paraplegia.
$1.4 Milllion Verdict — Wrongful death of a client
$2,500,000 Verdict Brain Injury from Heat Stroke — Client suffered a heat stroke running 4.5 miles as part of his college basketball team. No water or wet towels were supplied during the run. As a result of the intense heat, client sustained permanent brain injury and exercise intolerance.
Over $40,000,000 in Traumatic Brain Injury Settlements and Verdicts — We have successfully obtained over $40,000,000 in settlements and verdicts of our traumatic brain injury cases over the past 5 years alone.