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Mitchell is a problem solver. Whether you are dealing with a complicated commercial litigation matter or trying to avoid one from being filed, Mitchell’s practice and substantial experience can help your most significant matters.  He represents manufacturers and distributors in product liability and toxic tort actions.  Mitchell also represents financial institutions, health care concerns, energy companies, and real estate interests. He recently obtained a significant arbitration award in a real estate matter, which was confirmed by the Rhode Island Superior Court.  He represents banks and financial institutions in class action lawsuits, breach of contract, fraud, fiduciary duty, and other tort claims.  He also arbitrated a dispute involving a breach of a time and materials service contract, and successfully obtained political asylum for a Tibetan monk.

Product Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation

Mitchell has extensive experience litigating product liability and toxic tort cases.  He routinely represents manufacturers, distributors, and premises defendants in asbestos matters throughout New England. He represented a catalyst manufacturer in 87 pneumoconiosis cases in the Virgin Islands arising out of alleged exposure at an oil refinery.  Mitchell also represented manufacturers, distributors, and sellers against allegations of product contamination, product expiration, and product defects.

Real Estate Litigation

Mitchell has represented many clients to protect their real estate interests.  He successfully represented clients before zoning boards and on appeals from zoning board decisions.  He regularly represents clients in landlord-tenant disputes.  He also routinely handles mechanic’s lien disputes, as well as trespass and adverse possession cases.

Gaming Litigation

Mitchell has represented gaming companies in a variety of matters.  Mitchell recently obtained summary judgment for a manufacturer of lottery equipment in a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim.  He also obtained summary judgment for a casino when a Native American tribe challenged the constitutionality of a statute that authorized table games at the casino.

Commercial Litigation

Mitchell has extensive experience in litigating commercial disputes involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, fiduciary duties, and other business torts.  He has also successfully defended companies against shareholder disputes.

Experience

Reported Cases

  • Global ePoint, Inc. v. GTECH Corporation, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2008 (D. R.I. Jan. 8, 2015)
  • Global ePoint, Inc. v. GTECH Corporation, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157942 (D. R.I. Nov. 5, 2014)
  • National Refrigeration v. Capital Properties, Inc., 88 A.3d 1150 (R.I. 2014)
  • GP Arcade Garage, LLC v. Myrth York et al., 2013 R.I. Super. LEXIS 199 (R.I.Super. Nov. 25, 2013)
  • Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation v. Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, et al., 2013 R.I. Super. LEXIS 165 (R.I. Super. Aug. 28, 2013)
  • Lang v. Zoning Board of Review for the Town of Middletown, 2013 R.I. Super. LEXIS 47 (R.I. Super. Mar. 13, 2013)
  • Narragansett Indian Tribe v. State of Rhode Island, 2012 R.I. Super. LEXIS 102 (R.I. Super. June 29, 2012)
  • E.W. Burman, Inc. v. Bradford Dyeing Association, Inc., 2011 R.I. Super. LEXIS 16 (R.I. Super. Feb. 8, 2011)
  • Koch v. I-Flow Corp. et al., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 56017 (D.R.I. June 7, 2010)
  • Gammell-Roach v. Bradford Soap International, Inc. et al., 2010 R.I. Super. LEXIS 34 (R.I. Super. Feb. 16, 2010)
  • Dunellen, LLC v. Getty Properties Corp., 567 F.3d 35 (1st Cir. 2009)
  • Orion Worldwide Travel, LLC v. Commonwealth Foreign Exchange, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108643 (E.D. Va. Nov. 20, 2009)
  • Rhode Island Hospital v. Sebelius, 670 F.Supp.2d 148 (D.R.I. 2009)
  • Grady v. The Narragansett Electric Co., 962 A.2d 34 (R.I. 2009)
  • Providence and Worcester Railroad Co. v. J. Broomfield & Sons Co., Inc. et al., 2009 R.I. Super. LEXIS 72 (R.I. Super. June 10, 2009)
  • Rhode Island Hospital v. Leavitt et al., 548 F.3d 29 (1st Cir. 2008)
  • Dunellen, LLC v. Getty Properties Corp., 557 F.Supp.2d 263 (D.R.I. 2008)
  • Providence and Worcester Railroad Co. v. Pawtucket Transfer Operations, LLC, 2008 R.I. Super. LEXIS 138 (R.I. Super. Oct. 30, 2008)
  • Rhode Island Hospital v. Leavitt et al., 2007 WL 2301161 (D.R.I. August 9, 2007)
  • Rhode Island Hospital v. Leavitt et al., 2007 WL 294026 (D.R.I. January 26, 2007)
  • Rhode Island Affiliate, American Civil Liberties Union, Inc. v. Begin, 431 F. Supp.2d 227 (D.R.I. 2006)
  • Burt v. Rhode Island Hosp. Trust Nat. Bank et al., 2006 WL 2089254 (R.I. Super. July 26, 2006)
  • The Shaw Group Inc. et al. v. Picerne Investment Corp., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38793 (W.D. Pa. June 12, 2006)
  • The Shaw Group Inc. et al. v. Picerne Investment Corp., 235 F.R.D. 68 (W.D. Pa. 2005)

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2008-Present)
    • Associate (2004-2007)
  • Chadbourne & Parke LLP
    • Associate (2002-2004)
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
    • Associate (2000-2002)
  • The Honorable Robert W. Lovegreen, US District Court
    • Law Clerk (1999-2000)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2020) Recognized for Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants
  • Rhode Island Monthly, Professional Excellence in Law (2019)
  • Super Lawyers, Rhode Island (2015-2019)
  • Providence Business News, 40 Under Forty (2009)
  • Welcome House of South County, Recognition Award for Pro Bono Representation (2007)
  • New York City Urban Fellowship (1995-1996)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • ACE Mentors, Board Member (2007-2010)
  • Chair of the Pro Bono Committee at Hinckley Allen (2010-Present)
  • Cornell Club of Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts, President (2005-2008)
  • Junior Achievement of Rhode Island
    • Board Member (2005-Present)
    • Executive Committee Member (2007-Present)
    • Chairman (2010-2012)
  • Leadership Rhode Island, Board of Governors (March 2013-Present)
  • Providence Preservation Society, Membership Committee (2005-2008)
  • Rocky Hill School, Board of Trustees (2012-Present)
  • Roger Williams Law School, Pro Bono Collaborative, Advisory Board (2010-Present)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Health Law Section
    • Litigation Section
  • Defense Counsel of Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts, 2001
  • New Jersey, 2000
  • New York, 2002
  • Rhode Island, 2004
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2007
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2007
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 2000
  • United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 2003
  • United States District Court, District of Rhode Island, 2005

News & Insight

Publication

2019 Real Estate Tax Abatement Process

January 8, 2019

Tax abatement season is here, with some fast approaching filing deadlines in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. If you have not already done so, now is the time for property owners to review their real estate tax assessments to de…

Publication

Responding to a Complaint: Rhode Island

June 18, 2018

Mitchell R. Edwards and Timothy M. Zabbo provide a Q&A guide to responding to a complaint in a trial court of general jurisdiction in Rhode Island. This Q&A addresses the time to respond, extending the time to respond, pre-answer motions, answers,…

Publication

2018 Real Estate Tax Abatement Process

January 18, 2018

Tax abatement season is here, with some fast approaching filing deadlines in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. If you have not already done so, now is the time for property owners to review their real estate tax assessments to de…

Publication

2017 Real Estate Tax Abatement Process

January 25, 2017

With the New Year upon us, now is the time for property owners to review their real estate tax assessments to determine if a tax abatement or appeal is warranted. Hinckley Allen has successfully handled numerous tax abatements and tax appeals in Connecticu…

Publication

Providence Business News 40 Under Forty - Mitchell R. Edwards

August 24, 2009

A passion for problem-solving has shaped Mitchell R. Edward's legal practice and community service work. After graduating summa cum laude from Binghamton University in 1995, Edwards attended Cornell Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Cor…

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Firm News

33 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

November 4, 2019

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers has selected 33 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to rece…

Firm News

56 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2020

August 15, 2019

Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. Since its first publication in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers compi…

Firm News

38 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2018

The Super Lawyers has selected 38 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.Super Lawyers, a Thomson…

Firm News

Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2017

The Super Lawyers has selected 39 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.Super Lawyers, a Thomson…

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Case Study

Successful outcome for distributor in claim of alleged tire defect

Hinckley Allen represented Dynamic Tire Corporation, a distributor of various types of tires in North America, in a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California where the plaintiffs alleged that certain special t…

Events

Past Event

Effective Strategies in Litigating Fiduciary Duty Claims: What You Need to Know

October 29, 2019

Join attorney Mitchell R. Edwards for a Knowledge Group Online CLE Litigating Fiduciary Duty Claims Webinar. In today’s business landscape, claims involving a breach of fiduciary duty prevails as one of the most crucial risks facing companies worldwide a…