David Mitchell is an experienced litigator who has prosecuted consumer protection and healthcare litigation cases in 12 states, 17 federal district court jurisdictions, and 4 federal appellate jurisdictions. David has been recognized by his peers as the #1 Consumer Protection attorney (six consecutive years, 2016-2021), the #1 Healthcare Litigation attorney (2016-2019), and the #1 Insurance Litigation attorney (2017-2018) in Tampa Magazine’s annual TopLawyers® list. David was also selected as a SuperLawyers® Rising Star from 2016 to 2019, and was selected to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 in Florida (2017 to 2019) and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 in Florida (2021).
David concentrates his practice as a Trial Lawyer in the areas of Consumer Protection and Healthcare Litigation, representing clients who have been harmed by unlawful, deceptive and improper business practices on the part of debt collectors, subprime auto lenders, payday & title loan companies, credit card companies, mortgage companies, banks, and health insurance companies, among others. David has helped individuals all across the country fight back against harassment and misconduct, including unscrupulous and predatory debt collection practices, incessant unwanted robocalls/robotexts, wrongful adverse credit reporting, and deceptive healthcare claim processing resulting in improper coverage determinations and denials, and unlawful payment write-downs.
David has obtained substantial jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients who have been harmed by unlawful business practices, successfully prosecuting claims in individual arbitration actions, civil jury trials in state and federal court, nationwide federal class actions and multi-party litigation, as well as appeals in state and federal courts of appeals.
David frequently appears on television news outlets providing opinions and legal commentary on national consumer issues, as further reflected in the PRESS link
Education & Court Admissions
David attended the University of Florida, where he majored in Finance and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After graduating from the University of Florida, David then achieved his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Stetson University College of Law, and his Masters of Business Administration from Stetson University. During law school, David founded the Stetson University College of Law chapter of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, and was recognized as one of the nation’s top law students in the area of legal writing, ranking among the top six in a prominent nationwide legal writing contest for his scholarly article on the subject of international trends in punitive damages awards, which was selected for publication in a national legal journal.
After graduating from Stetson, David began his legal career, and developed his trial skills, under the tutelage of his father, Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer Daniel P. Mitchell, with whom David gained extensive experience as a Trial Lawyer. Before concentrating his practice in the areas of consumer protection and healthcare litigation, David honed his skills in personal injury litigation, construction and real estate litigation, appellate practice, and insurance coverage litigation.
- Supreme Court of Florida
- United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
David is an active member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (“NACA”). NACA is an organization of more than 1500 attorneys who represent and have represented hundreds of thousands of consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive, and predatory business practices. As a national organization fully committed to promoting justice for consumers, NACA’s members and their clients are actively engaged in promoting a fair and open marketplace that forcefully protects the rights of consumers, particularly those of modest means. To learn more about NACA, visit consumeradvocates.org
Professional Honors & Awards
- Voted by peers as the #1 Consumer Protection attorney (six consecutive years, 2016-2021), the #1 Healthcare Litigation attorney (2017-2019), and the #1 Insurance Litigation attorney (2017-2018) in Tampa Magazine’s TopLawyers® list, a peer-driven ranking of the best lawyers in the Tampa Bay area in more than 70 practice areas, decided by all Tampa Bay area lawyers.
- Selected for inclusion and profiled as a SuperLawyers® Rising Star in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The SuperLawyers Rising Stars list is a research-driven peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state.
- Selected to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 for the state of Florida (2017-2019), composed of the select few most qualified trial lawyers from each state or region who are under the age of 40, and who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, trial results, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.
- Selected to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 for the state of Florida (2021), composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. As with the Top 40 Under 40, selection to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.
Volunteer & Community Service
David achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The designation “Eagle Scout” has a long history since its founding over one hundred years ago. Only a small percentage of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill and involve hundreds of hours of community service in total. Eagle candidates are required to demonstrate responsible citizenship, character, self-reliance, leadership, and community service, culminating in the completion of the Eagle Scout Service Project, which requires an Eagle Scout candidate to plan, develop, lead and complete a significant project for the benefit of the community. Eagle Scout Service Projects contribute more than three million hours of volunteer community service each year, and have contributed more than 100 million hours of service in total. Since the inception of the Eagle Scout award in 1912, only 2.01 percent of eligible Scouts have earned Scouting’s highest honor.
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