|J.D., 1994, University of Southern California Gould School of Law|
State Bar of California
Los Angeles County Bar Association
State Bar of Nevada
Mitch serves as the managing partner of Brownstein's Los Angeles office.
Mitch's practice focuses on entertainment and business litigation. He has extensive experience in defamation law. He has represented numerous celebrities and other high-profile individuals in defamation cases against tabloids, book publishers and other media entities. He has also represented businesses and individuals on both sides of libel and slander cases.
Mitch has extensive business litigation experience both in and out of the entertainment industry. He is frequently quoted on issues relating to defamation, entertainment and general business litigation in broadcast and print media. He represents clients at trial, in appeals and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Prior to joining the firm, Mitch was special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in its Los Angeles office.
|Brownstein's Entertainment and Defamation Litigation Team won a $19-million judgment for Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn in a defamation lawsuit against "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis. Brownstein's team proved that in today's digital world where stories, comments and images live online forever, the false and defamatory statements about Wynn could continue to damage Wynn's reputation and undermine his businesses in the highly regulated gaming industry. The Los Angeles jury originally awarded Wynn $20 million in damages for harm to Wynn's reputation and mental anguish and an additional $20 million in punitive damages because the jury found Francis' conduct to be intentional and despicable. After the verdict, the court granted Brownstein's request for an injunction to permanently prohibit Francis from repeating these false accusations. Recently, the judge adjusted the compensatory damages to $19 million, an amount Wynn "is very happy with."|
Publications & Presentations
|"Protecting High Profile Reputations - Brownstein's $19 Million Verdict Stands After Appeal," Brownstein Client Alert, July 2, 2014|
|"Retailers NOT Required to Maintain AEDs," Brownstein Client Alert, July 1, 2014|
|"Corporate Reputation and the Internet Badlands," Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Nevada Chapter Luncheon, Las Vegas, NV, April 26, 2011|
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