William R. Mitchelson , Jr. - Alston & Bird LLP

William R. Mitchelson , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

William R. (Mitch) Mitchelson focuses his practice on the defense of government investigations, internal corporate investigations, false claims act litigation and corporate legal compliance. He is the former leader of the firm’s White Collar Crime Group and is the current chair of the firm’s False Claims Act Working Group and co-chair of the firm’s Health Care Litigation Team. He is a former federal prosecutor who has represented corporations and individuals in significant and high-profile government investigations across the United States. Mr. Mitchelson serves as the co-chair of the Southeast Subcommittee of the ABA Committee on White Collar Crime.

Following law school, Mr. Mitchelson served as a law clerk for The Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. At the request of the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Mitchelson has spoken to federal prosecutors about professionalism and ethics in the criminal justice system. He has also appeared as a legal analyst on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Reports and in print media, including The National Law Journal and The Denver Post, commenting on high-profile government investigations.

Duke UniversityBA 1982University of ChicagoJ.D. 1985

Case History

  • Counsel to senior executives of a public pharmaceutical company in connection with a federal investigation into allegations of off-label marketing.
  • Counsel to national public health care companies in connection with Civil False Claims Act investigations.
  • Counsel to a senior executive related to a government investigation of defense contracting issues.
  • Counsel to a multinational energy company for a world-wide review of its compliance program, including compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Counsel to the chairman of one of the world’s largest international banks in parallel federal, criminal and regulatory investigations relating to the acquisition of a U.S. insurance company.
  • Counsel to numerous hospitals, public health care and pharmaceutical companies in internal investigations, government enforcement actions and qui tam litigation.
  • Counsel to a public company’s corporate compliance officer in a federal criminal prosecution, resulting in the dismissal of all charges.
  • Counsel to one of the United States’ largest energy companies in an internal investigation into regulatory accounting issues.

Office Location

One Atlantic Center, Suite 4900
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309-3424
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar