Mitchell joined Farris in July 1998 after spending the majority of the previous 28 years with the Vancouver office of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. He served as their Managing Partner from 1988 to 1990. Prior to joining that firm, he spent three years as a professor in the Faculty of Law at Western University in London, Ontario.
Mitchell has an active practice, often giving advice in complex transactions, including to boards of directors and independent committees of boards of directors; corporations and directors in “going private” transactions and in mergers and acquisitions of public and private corporations. In his real estate practice, Mitchell has been involved in various transactions, financings and complex debt restructurings including advising the City of Vancouver on the restructuring of the Olympic Village real estate project.
In 2012 he was awarded a Zenith Award by LEXPERT as one of 40 leading Canadian lawyers. He is rated by LEXPERT as one of Vancouver’s leading lawyers in mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, mid-market advisory services, income funds and corporate commercial (one of only three lawyers recognized in three categories), one of Canada’s 40 “Deal-Makers”, one of Canada’s 100 most creative lawyers, and one of Canada’s 100 leading cross-border transaction lawyers.
Mitchell is currently the Chancellor, and a director of, University of Canada West, and has served as a director of Diversified Regulatory Inc., Catalyst Paper Inc, Crew Gold Inc, and Concert Properties Ltd.
Mitchell has participated in several continuing legal education programs including: Directors’ Duties and the Business Judgement Rule; Corporate Governance; Mergers and Acquisitions and the Role of the Board; Innovative Financing Structures; Executive Retention in M&A Transactions.
- Member of the Law Society of British Columbia
- Organizing member of the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships
- Member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of British Columbia.
- Past Member of the Securities Law Advisory Committee of the British Columbia Securities Commission
- Legal advisor to the Expert Committee on a Canadian Securities Regulator of to the Canadian Securities Transition Office
- Queen’s Counsel (1990)
- The Best Lawyers in Canada (2020)
- Chambers Canada Ranked Lawyer (2020)
- Lexpert Top 100 Cross Border Lawyers (2019)
- Lexpert Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2019)
- Lexpert Leading Lawyers in Canada (2019)
- Martindale-Hubbell Ranking (AV)
- Recognized by Who’s Who Legal Canada (2018) in the categories of Capital Markets, Corporate Governance
- Past Chair of Board of the Federation of Jewish Community of Greater Vancouver
- Past director of the Arts Club Theatre and Chair of the Board of Trustees, Jewish Foundation of Greater Vancouver.
- Past Chair (2002-2003) of the combined Jewish Appeal of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver
- Former chair of the Real Estate division of the United Way of Greater Vancouver and the Lawyer division of the United Way of Greater Vancouver