Dan Mitchell graduated first in his class in 1980 from Stetson University College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Stetson Law Review. Before attending law school, he was a captain in the United States Army, serving a tour of duty with the 5th Special Forces Group in the Republic of Vietnam. He is a member of Florida Bar (former member of the Admiralty Law, Continuing Legal Education, and Civil Trial Law Certification committees), the American Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (Board of Directors and former chair of the Continuing Legal Education and Products Liability committees), the American Board of Trial Advocacy, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Mr. Mitchell is a former member of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar.
Mr. Mitchell has been “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 1985. He has been selected for inclusion in Leading Florida Attorneys, Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2004 Who’s Who in Business in Tampa Bay, Super Lawyers 2006 and 2007, Best Lawyers in America 2007 & 2008, and Florida Trend’s 2007 Florida Legal Elite. He is the recipient of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association 2004 President’s Award and 2005 Continuing Legal Education Award.
Mr. Mitchell is admitted to practice before all Florida state courts, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. He represents insurers and insureds in all types of tort actions, insurance coverage cases, insurer bad faith and extra-contractual damage claims, and appeals. He has participated in over 100 jury trials. He has acted as an expert witness in legal malpractice and insurer bad faith actions. He has argued appeals before the Florida Supreme Court and all Florida District Courts of Appeal. He is a frequent lecturer to attorney and to insurance professional groups. He has written articles on trial practice, insurance coverage, and other legal topics for law reviews and professional journals, and he has taught as an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law.