Mitchell S. Roth
Mitchell is an accomplished attorney with more than 20 years of experience advising entrepreneurs, owners, investors and C-suite executives at large public and privately held companies. He serves as outside general counsel for many of the firm’s largest clients, who value Mitchell’s understanding and experience in the negotiation of complex transactions involving sophisticated tax strategies, corporate governance and succession planning. Mitchell has negotiated and structured joint ventures, public and private mergers and acquisitions, syndications, commercial lending transactions, management buyouts, equity or debt financings, and private placements valued in the billions of dollars. His clients are leaders in manufacturing, distribution, investment banking, private equity, financial services, real estate development, technology and other industries.
View a sampling of recent deals closed by Mitchell and other members of the firm’s Private Equity team.
Mitchell joined the Much Shelist Management Committee in 2004 and was instrumental in a successful transition of firm governance from the founders to the next generation of leadership. After serving on the Management Committee for nearly a decade, Mitchell was named Managing Partner in June 2012. In that role, he is responsible for the firm’s long-term direction and overall growth, which includes building and implementing the firm’s strategic vision, preserving the firm’s unique client-centric and employee-focused culture, and overseeing the firm’s day-to-day operations. He also plays a vital role in the expansion of the firm’s service offerings and client base.
In leading the firm and advising his clients, Mitchell draws on his own significant experience as an entrepreneur and business leader, having served as an officer, director and owner of a successful national home warranty company. A certified public accountant, he also worked in the tax services area of KPMG Peat Marwick and in the audit department of Arthur Andersen's London office prior to beginning his legal practice.
Mitchell is a regular speaker on corporate and tax issues at conferences and seminars sponsored by business, industry and legal organizations such as Thomson Reuters, and has been quoted in publications such as Corporate Counsel and Inside Counsel. He has also authored a quarterly column, “View from a Midsize Firm,” which was published in Chicago Lawyer and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
- American Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association, former Chair of the Young Lawyers Division Tax Law Committee
- Young Presidents' Organization
- Chicago Business Forum
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society
- Managing Partner Forum, Advisory Board Member
Mitchell has long been a supporter of civic and charitable causes in metropolitan Chicago and beyond, and has made social responsibility and philanthropy two of the firm’s highest commitments. Through his family's private foundation, the Allen H. Roth Family Foundation, Mitchell and his family contribute to numerous children's charities, the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, programs for the developmentally disabled, and summer camps for underprivileged children.
Together with several other members of the Management Committee who are also University of Illinois alumni, Mitchell created the Much Shelist Scholarships. These merit-based financial grants are awarded each year to two University of Illinois College of Business students.