Mitchell is known for his expertise and compassion. His caring personality matched with attention-to-detail style is a winning combination in supporting accident victims and their families. With many of his clients, he has become a part of the family and stays in touch long after the case has been resolved.
After completing university in Brisbane, Mitchell was enticed by the sun & surf to the Gold Coast and hasn’t looked back since. A pity the surfboard behind the door in his first Office didn’t get much use, yet Mitchell dived into the excitement and business opportunities of our rapidly growing region. He was a part of several landmark Court cases including Supreme Court contest in 1991 over the realignment of the Little Tallebudgera Creek in Broadbeach, and compensation battle linked to a traumatic bank hostage situation in Tweed Heads that led to the revision of armoured guard policies in 1996.
Mitchell believes in the speedy resolution of disputes, yet when necessary stands up for his clients and has gone to Trial multiple times with successful outcomes every time. One of those winning Trials in 2016 is the leading case in the quantification of compensation payouts in Queensland. Insurance companies now follow this case, which is a testament to Mitchell’s expertise and case management, underlined by his recognition from the Queensland Law Society as an Accredited Specialist since 1998.
In 2000, Mitchell began a niche service for foreign visitors to the Gold Coast who are injured in an accident. This was both an honour and serious challenge, often with language and cultural barriers. Luckily Mitchell has a friendly face and open attitude so when words failed a smile succeeded.
Mitchell is trusted advisor for several large companies and charitable organisations. He has been a 20 year plus supporter of the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence. He is founding member (in 2007) of PeaceWise, a Christian mediation and education service across Australia. Mitchell also has extensive involvement in Rotary, including Past President of the Broadwater Southport Club. He is the author of multiple articles, including monthly legal column for a national Japanese newspaper.
Highlight of Current Legal Project:
“Weaving into a medical malpractice claim an inspiring history of my client’s family (including grandparents immigrating to Brisbane from post-WWII Holland), as an indicator of the effects of positive parental role-models, to gain higher financial coverage via insurance for an intellectually disabled child.”
Reading has been a lifelong passion. At home, there’s an ever-replenishing tower of books to read, propped beside a “small” suitcase awaiting call-up to use on next business trip, whether that’s to Stanthorpe, Sydney, Shinsaibashi or Sedona.
?“Elvis In Vegas” by Richard Zoglin: “Vivid recreation of a magical moment in history”,
?“Downward to the Earth” by Robert Silverberg: “Spellbinding”.