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Jeffrey A. Mitchell

Founding Partner

Mr. Mitchell was born in Mobile, Alabama on April 7, 1963. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He attended Louisiana State University, The Paul M. Hebert, School of Law (pictured above) from which he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1989.

During law school, Mr. Mitchell was awarded the Outstanding Oral Advocate award by Mr. F. Lee Bailey during the F. Lee Bailey National Moot Court Competition. Mr. Mitchell's team placed second in the country. Mr. Mitchell was also a member of the National Moot Court Team and was a finalist in the school's Flory Trial competition.

Bar Admissions

Mr. Mitchell is admitted to practice before the Louisiana Supreme Court, and all Louisiana State District and Appellate Courts. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Mitchell is also admitted to the United States Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Mitchell has been admitted pro hac vice (on a temporary, case by case basis) in Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama.

Areas of Practice

Mr Mitchell is one of approximately 13 lawyers in Louisiana to be Board Certified in Medical Malpractice Cases by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.  Mr. Mitchell has focused his practice primarily in the areas of Traumatic Brain Injuries, Medical Malpractice and severe personal injuries in the areas of Automobile Accidents, Products Liability, Premises Liability and Maritime Law.

Awards and Honors

Mr. Mitchell was featured in the April 23, 2012 edition of Newsweek Magazine as one of the Nationwide Leading Attorneys in Medical Malpractice.  Only 19 attorneys nationwide were featured overall and only 11 were featured in the area of medical malpractice.

Mr. Mitchell was also  selected for inclusion in the 2012-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in AmericaSelection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 3.9 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys.   

Mr. Mitchell was also selected for inclusion in the 2012-2020 editions of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of medical malpractice.  Only 5 percent of the attorneys in the State of Louisiana are named to the very prestigous list.

Mr. Mitchell’s law firm, The Cochran Firm- Metairie was named as Best Law Firms rankings by U.S. News & World Reports from 2017-2020. Firms included in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must first have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top 5% of private practicing lawyers in the United States. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The Cochran Firm Metairie was also the recipient of the 2014-2016 Litigator Awards, which honors the top 1% of lawyers in this country. The awards are based on actual “Verdict & Settlement” dollar achievement rather than peer popularity making them perhaps the most rigorous and openly judged Award Ratings.

Mr. Mitchell is also a member of the Lawyers of Distinction, a platform that analyzes work, experience and abilities based upon twelve independent criteria, including case results, verdicts/settlements, lectures/writings and publications and special certifications.

Mr. Mitchell is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Forum. Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

Mr. Mitchell is also a Top 100 Diplomat in the National Trial Lawyers Association. This status recognizes the top lawyers in the country by state.

Mr. Mitchell was selected in the 2016 edition of the 10 Best Attorneys of the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. American Institute is an impartial third-party attorney rating organization comprised of 13 divisions. The American Institute''s Personal Injury Division compiles an exclusive list of the "10 Best" attorneys for each state.

Mr. Mitchell was also selected as a National Finalist of the Lawdragon's Annual Guide to the Leading Lawyers in America.  Approximately 3,000 lawyers are awarded the status of National Finalist each year out of the 1.1 million U.S. lawyers.  Lawdragon selected the National Finalists (also known as the Lawdragon 3000) from more than 25,000 nominees who were identified through independent research and online submissions, then selected through an intensive three-month peer review, client evaluation and editorial process. 

Mr. Mitchell is also the recipient of the  prestigous Leadership in Law award for 2010.  This award is given to the Top 50 attorneys in New Orleans as judged by a panel of professionals at New Orleans City Business Magazine.  

 Mr. Mitchell was also named to the American Trial Lawyers Top 100 trial lawyers from 2007-2011.

In the November 2011-2019 editions of New Orleans Magazine, Mr. Mitchell was recognized as one of only four attorneys as the top lawyers in Medical Malpractice Law.

Mr. Mitchell holds the distinguished position of Senior Counsel with The College of Master Advocates & Barristers.  Senior Counsel status is conferred consistent with the Common Law Tradition of honoring Skill and Experience as a Trial Lawyer as well as a demonstrated commitment to promoting Excellence in the Art of Trial Advocacy

Positions Held

Mr. Mitchell is the 2017 President of the National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association (NBITLA). The NBITLA is a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff trial lawyers in the area of Traumatic Brain Injury litigation.

Mr. Mitchell is the Chairman of the Medical Malpractice Section for The Cochran Firm, U.S.A which has approximately 30 offices nationwide.  He is also one of the 9 members of the Board of Directors of The Cochran Firm, U.S.A., which manages the national firm

Mr. Mitchell was also the 2006-2007 Chairman of the Medical Malpractice Section of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association.  Mr. Mitchell was one of only 10 members of the Executive Committee of the Louisiana Association For Justice for two years, 2010-2011.

Mr. Mitchell was appointed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to the Louisiana Medical Disclosure Panel, a 15 member board responsible for determining which risks and hazards related to medical care and surgical procedures must be disclosed by healthcare providers to the patient or person authorized to give consent.

Mr. Mitchell was the Co-Founder and Equity Partner/Co-Owner of the law firms of Phillips & Mitchell, The Cochran Firm New Metairie, and The Cochran Firm Jackson. Mr. Mitchell is currently the founding partner of The Cochran Firm, New Orleans and a Co-Founding partner in the Mitchell Sanchez Firm. 

Organizations and Affiliations

 Mr. Mitchell is a member of the Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice and a member of the Medical Malpractice Section within that organization.

Mr. Mitchell has also been a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member in good standing of the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer's rating service.

Presentations and Legal Articles

Mr. Mitchell has authored numerous legal articles and been a frequent lecturer at legal Seminars. In 2018, Mr. Mitchell was an invited speaker at the Legal Latitudes program "Frontiers in Advocacy: Traumatic Brain Injury Innovative Tools, Tactics and Technology." In 2017, Mr. Mitchell spoke at the National Trial Lawyers Summit on the topic of "Neuroimaging in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases."

Mr. Mitchell was an invited speaker at the annual conference of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.  He spoke on the topic of "Continuity of Care" in the health care system.  He has also been an invited speaker for the past 5 years at the annual CLE of Louisiana seminar speaking on various medical malpractice issues.  He also previously co-chaired the seminar titled: Medical Records for Louisiana Attorneys. He has provided written articles and lectured numerous times on Recent Developments in Medical Malpractice.

Mr. Mitchell has written several articles on medical malpractice issues which have been published in the Louisiana Advocate, the newspaper for the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Mitchell has also been interviewed and featured in the publication City Business on several occasions. Mr. Mitchell was the Chairman of the medical malpractice seminar entitled “Issues We Now Face In Medical Malpractice Litigation” which was sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association in November 2002 and which drew over 100 attendees from around the country.” Mr. Mitchell was also picked to speak at several previous Medical Malpractice seminars sponsored by the National Business Institute.

Mr. Mitchell was invited to appear on the Bob Christopher Radio show to discuss medical malpractice issues from callers.  In May 2004, Mr. Mitchell and a colleague gave a seminar on "Handling Medical Malpractice Claims in Louisiana." In June of 2004, Mr. Mitchell, as head of The Cochran Firm Medical Malpractice Section, presented a seminar on "Screening and Handling Medical Malpractice Cases." In 2006, Mr. Mitchell gave two presentations on updates to Medical Malpractice Laws for the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association.

Legal Rating

The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has given Mr. Mitchell the legal rating of "AV." Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards. 

Legal Ability Ratings are:

C-Good to High

B- High to Very High

A-Very High to Preeminent

There is one general ethical standard rating-"V" or "very high." An attorney will not receive a Legal Ability Rating unless he or she has been endorsed for a "V." Only when both ratings are confirmed will an attorney receive a rating.