Mitchell Lathrop has been practicing law for over 45 years and is a qualified domestic and international arbitrator based in San Diego. He focuses his practice on domestic and international arbitration, mediation, and expert consulting and testimony in insurance, reinsurance, and lawyers’ professional responsibility. He is a AAA-ICDR National and International arbitrator, a Chartered Arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and on the panels for arbitral organizations in Austria, Australia, Dubai, Japan and Switzerland. He is also a member of the London Court of International Arbitration and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a Distinguished Neutral (Insurance) of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR).
Mitchell L. Lathrop
Recognized in:Insurance Law
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Location:600 West Broadway, Suite 500San Diego, CA 92101-3357
- United States Naval Academy, graduated 1959
- University of Southern California, graduated 1966
- California, The State Bar of California
- District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
- New York, New York State Bar Association
- American Arbitration Association - Arbitrator
- American Board of Trial Advocates - Member
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Fellow
- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) - Arbitrator
- International Center for Dispute Resolution - Arbitrator
- International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution - Arbitrator & Mediator
- London Court of International Arbitration - Arbitrator
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for:
- Insurance Law, San Diego (2012)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in:
- Insurance Law
- Best Lawyers
- Super Lawyers
- Best Lawyers’ 2012 San Diego Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year
- Lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- Martindale Hubbell "A" rated
- Dispute Resolution
- Professional Liability
Lawyer Case History
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. v. Allstate Ins. Co.
283 A.D.2d 322, 724 N.Y.S.2d 853 (2001), leave to appeal granted, 97 N.Y.2d 603, 760 N.E.2d 1288, 735 N.Y.S.2d 492 (2001), aff’d, 98 N.Y.2d 208, 774 N.E.2d 687, 746 N.Y.S.2d 622 (2002). A unanimous jury verdict was received in New York Supreme Court in an environmental contamination insurance coverage case. The jury verdict was affirmed on appeal by New York's highest court.
Aerojet-General Corp. v. Transport Indemnity Insurance Co.
50 Cal.App.4th 354, 53 Cal.Rptr.2d 398 (1996); aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 17 Cal. 4th 38, 70 Cal. Rptr. 2d 118, 948 P.2d 909 (1997). One of the largest environmental contamination lawsuits filed in California. The case involved insurance coverage for environmental contamination. Dozens of insurers were involved in the case, with the claims spanning decades.
Shell Oil Company v. Winterthur Swiss Insurance Company
12 Cal.App.4th 715, 15 Cal.Rptr.2d 815 (1993), as modified, February 22, 1993, 1993 Cal. App. LEXIS 156. This was the largest environmental insurance coverage case ever tried in the United States. The jury returned a unanimous defense verdict for the insurers.
Fibreboard Corporation v. Puritan Insurance Co.
No. A054898, Cal. Ct. App. (unpublished), publication denied, No. S030092, Cal. Supreme Ct., March 31, 1993, 1993 Cal. LEXIS 1946. The case involved failure to disclose material information on the part of a major corporation. The insurer denied coverage. The case was tried to a jury in San Francisco. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the insurer.
Trone v. Smith
553 F.2d 1207 (9th Cir. 1977); later decision, 621 F.2d 994 (9th Cir. 1980). The case arose out of the collapse of U.S. National Bank, the largest bank failure up to that point in time. It also involved Westgate California Corporation, headed by the late C. Arnholdt Smith. The case was a securities fraud suit which involved private investors, as well as departments of the U.S. government.