Mitchell Y. Mirviss is co-chair of Venable’s Appellate Litigation Group. Mitch handles appellate and commercial litigation, tackling a wide array of complex legal issues in both federal and state courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, Maryland appellate courts, and state and federal trial courts.
He represents clients in complex litigation matters, focusing on commercial torts and punitive damages, complex financial transactions and other commercial matters, product liability, constitutional law and civil rights, intellectual property, children’s rights, and disability issues.
With three decades of appellate experience, including more than sixty cases in the Maryland appellate courts, Mitch has prevailed in matters at every level of appellate practice: the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts of appeal, and the Maryland Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals.
He has successfully served as lead appellate attorney in numerous product liability, commercial tort, and children’s rights cases, and has written winning briefs in these and many other areas. In addition to his commercial work, Mitch is well-known for his pro bono work and involvement in community affairs and children’s causes.
He has represented thousands of Baltimore City foster children in a long-standing federal class action since 1988, is co-counsel for plaintiffs in a long-running case addressing constitutional requirements for funding of public education, and has successfully litigated a statewide constitutional right to legal representation at all bail proceedings.
- Handled complex corporate finance and fraud issues arising out of the Enron bankruptcy, writing the briefs that defeated legal challenges to Enron’s actions to recover more than $2 billion paid for derivative transactions, commercial paper, energy trading, and various fraudulent credit facilities
- Represented the majority owners of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers, and Philips Arena in a high-profile $600 million fight for control of the teams and the arena , and drafted the Maryland appellate briefs that reversed a trial court judgment divesting the majority owners of their ownership rights with minimal compensation
- Successfully argued and briefed a major Fifth Amendment case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Maurice M. v. Bouknight, 493 U.S. 549 (1990)
- Co-drafted the winning briefs in Howard Delivery Serv., Inc. v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 547 U.S. 651 (2006), a widely cited bankruptcy-law decision.
- J.D.cum laudeHarvard Law School1985
- B.A.magna cum laudeYale University1978
Bar Admissions :
- District of Columbia
Court Admissions :
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Memberships : Member, American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Bar Association of Baltimore City.
- Extensive pro bono work in children’s rights, civil rights, education, domestic violence, disability rights, and voting rights matters
- Successfully litigated constitutional and statutory challenges to Maryland’s denial of counsel at bail hearings. Clyburn v. Richmond, 438 Md. 690 (2014); DeWolfe v. Richmond, 434 Md. 444 (2013); DeWolfe v. Richmond, 434 Md. 403 (2012)
- Negotiated comprehensive system for protecting against and investigating sexual assaults in state hospitals, mental institutions, and other health facilities as settlement in Doe v. Md. Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene (failure to protect woman with intellectual and emotional disabilities from repeated sexual assaults)
- Reversed long-standing precedent regarding nuptial agreements and marital property in appeal described as worst case of financial and psychological abuse in Maryland appellate history. McGeehan v. McGeehan, 455 Md. 268 (2017)
- Established property guardian’s right to take discovery and investigate possible misconduct of attorneys representing severely disabled child in medical malpractice actions. Ashcraft & Gerel v. Shaw, 126 Md. App. 325 (1999)
- Three-time president and 21-year member, board of directors, Advocates for Children & Youth, Inc., a statewide advocacy organization for Maryland children’s issues
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