Richard E. Mitchell Attorney At Law
Orlando 301 East Pine Street Suite 1400 Orlando, Florida 32801
Rick is a shareholder with the firm and is chair of the higher education practice group. He is a respected trial lawyer with substantial experience in a broad scope of litigation matters ranging from commercial cases to intellectual property cases to personal injury cases. Rick has also developed a concentration in the areas of college and university litigation and premises liability litigation involving the defense of business owners in cases involving criminal attacks. In addition, Rick routinely serves as local counsel in federal court cases for many highly respected out-of-state firms and their clients.
Rick is a native Floridian, born and raised in Melbourne, Florida.
Before becoming a lawyer, Rick worked for the Walt Disney World Co. as a process improvement engineer for its theme park, maintenance and warehouse business units after graduating from the University of Florida College of Engineering with a bachelor’s in systems engineering in 1992. During his time with Disney, Rick learned firsthand the utmost importance of always providing excellent customer service and continues to honor this vital guiding principle.
In 1996, Rick followed his childhood dream of becoming a trial lawyer and left Disney to enter the University of Florida College of Law, where he worked hard to become a member of the Florida Law Review and to graduate in the top 5 percent of his class. Thereafter, Rick earned the top score on The Florida Bar exam in the 5th District Court of Appeal and delivered the honorary induction ceremony address on behalf of all newly admitted members of The Florida Bar.
After earning his law degree, Rick had the honor of serving as judicial law clerk to the Honorable G. Kendall Sharp, senior U.S. district court judge, and the Honorable James G. Glazebrook, U.S. magistrate judge, both of the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division. During his time with the court, Rick researched and drafted orders on hundreds of discovery, dispositive and evidentiary motions and observed numerous civil and criminal trials from start to finish.
In 2001, Rick joined the GrayRobinson family and worked hard to earn the trust and respect of the firm's clients and shareholders, which resulted in his appointment to shareholder with the firm in 2005, just six years after he graduated from law school.
In 2005, Rick was awarded an AV Peer Review Rating by the widely referred-to Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which defines the AV rating as "showing that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity."
In 2010, Rick was named a top lawyer in the area of "Business Law" in Florida Trend's annual "Florida Legal Elite" publication, which is based on a statewide vote by members of The Florida Bar, and in 2007 he was named a top "Up and Comer" attorney under 40 years of age in Florida Trend's annual publication.