With 30 years of experience practicing corporate law, Mitchell serves as a trusted advisor who brings deep experience in business management and the negotiation of complex mergers and acquisitions. He leverages his colleagues' diverse skillsets to provide efficient, full-service legal counsel that addresses sophisticated client needs.
Mitchell has vast experience on both sides of a deal, focusing his work on middle-market corporate transactions, including M&A for numerous private equity firms. He also negotiates and structures joint ventures, syndications, commercial lending transactions, management buyouts, and private placements valued in the billions of dollars.
Mitchell draws on his own background as a CPA, entrepreneur, and business leader, having served as an officer, director, and owner of a successful national home warranty company. He grew the company from a startup in one state to a business with locations in 48 states. Eventually, Mitchell managed the sale of the business to a large public company. He understands the inherent emotions and concerns clients face with major decisions and strives to integrate himself into their businesses to better advise on short- and long-term strategies.
In his role as outside general counsel, Mitchell develops robust relationships with clients, from entrepreneurs and emerging businesses to privately held companies, investment banks, and multigenerational family-owned businesses. He has represented Lakeshore Recycling Systems for nearly a decade, helping it grow from a family-owned business operating only in Illinois to a super-regional company with a presence in 10 states. He has advised on dozens of M&A transactions, including negotiating a recapitalization valued at close to $1 billion. Mitchell manages the purchase of strategic and accretive businesses, with the Much team successfully closing 23 transactions in 2021. In addition, he counsels LRS on day-to-day business and legal matters, including employment issues, union negotiations, insurance coverage issues, litigation, and real estate matters.
Mitchell was named Much's Managing Partner in June 2012 after serving on the Management Committee for nearly a decade. He was instrumental in the successful transition of firm governance from the founders to the next generation of leadership and plays a vital role in the expansion of the firm's service offerings and client base. Mitchell proudly continues the firm's tradition of providing exceptional service to clients while emphasizing the importance of doing great work in the community, a pillar of Much's culture.