Mr. Mitchell has been enjoying the practice of law for over 35 years, providing valued service for an array of cients. As outside counsel to North General Hospital's Human Resource department, Mr. Mitchell successfully represented management in litigation before the National Labor Relations Board, Southern District of New York, the Civil Court of New York County and in arbitrations with 1199 SEIU. He further revised the employee handbook to introduce a more efficient corporate culture and update legal compliance. On behalf of the Hospital, he engaged in collective bargaining agreements, and executed the implementation of the reduction of force affecting 1000 employees, while negotiating with the three labor unions.
As a General Practicioner, he currently enjoys a brisk business advising clients with their Estate Planning. Services for the clients revolve around the ongoing preparation of Living Trusts, Wills, Living Wills, Irrevocable and Special Needs Trusts, Powers of Attorney, while continuing to assist families in preserving wealth for future generations, calculating estate taxes, and navigating the complicated maze of probate. Quite often, numerous unanticipated issues arise requiring Mr. Mitchell to take the lead in negotiations prior to settling an estate; and they often involve numerous parties. Mr. Mitchell is adept at using skill, diplomacy and tact, to hear the voice of everyone involved. This is always instrumental in bringing all parties to the table, and devising an agreement where everyone is satisfied; these are the type of results that add value to the service. When it comes to the practice of Commerical and Civil Transaction and Litigation, Mr. Mitchell has a record of obtaining a favorable judgment for his clients. Mr. Mitchell's representation of either the plaintiff or the defendant in law suits related to various aspects of real estate, be it development projects, sale of co-op shares or home improvement disputes keeps him abreast of New York City, Administrative Codes and General Obligation laws.
It can be said that Mr. Mitchell began his practice the day that he was born, as his father was an attorney for DuPont and he is the godson of the late New York State Court of Appeals Judge, the Hon. Fritz Alexander. His home was always filled with those in the legal profession and topics around the dinner table were often about he law. It is no wonder that his is a sustainable legal practice built upon a firm foundation. He began his career as an Associate Counsel with Jackson Lewis Schnitzler & Krupman representing health care institutions and major retailers in union elections, strikes, picket demonstrations and unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board and collective bargaining. Mr. Mitchell was an Associate Counsel with Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelson representing Fortune 200 management clients and major institutions such as Time, Inc., Citibank, Carnegie Hall and the Mount Sinai Hospital in labor disputes, employment litigation, arbitrations and collective bargaining. At the firm of Joseph Fleming, Esquire and Associates, P.C., Mr. Mitchell litigated on behalf of numerous Harlem institutions. This representation includes two major churches in real estate development: (i) a 70 unit residential construction project, including the preparation of memorandum of understanding, architectural agreement, project management agreement and obtained Presbytery approval for the project and (ii) successfully obtained City of New York Department of Building compliance for a historic landmark church.
A native of Philadelphia, PA., Mr. Mitchell has also spent a portion of his legal career practicing in the Commonwealth as well as New York. As an Associate Counsel at Ronald A. White, P.C., Mr. Mitchell litigated personal injury defense matters on behalf of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and obtained two (2) City of Philadelphia finance transactions. Mr. Mitchell was co-bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel in five (5) City of Philadelphia finance transactions as Associate Counsel at Atkinson & Archie. Mr. Mitchell lobbied successfully on behalf of the Sun Oil Company for self-service gas implementation before the Philadelphia Zoning Board and the Philadelphia City Council. As an Associate Counsel at White & Williams in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mr. Mitchell defended CIGNA and its insureds in commercial litigation and management clients in labor disputes, including obtaining an injunction to prevent illegal secondary picketing and in defense of employers in employment litigation. Availabilty has been one of the key factors in gaining and sustaining client trust and satisfaction. Let Charles Leonard Mitchell, Esquire, be there for you.
The William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA, Diploma
Williams College, Williamstown, MA.; B.A.
Villanova School of Law, Villanova, PA.; J.D.
Williams College Alumni Society,
Head Class Agent.
The Williams Penn Charter School, Co-head Class Agent; William Penn Charter Alumni Society, President; Class Valedictorian.
Mayor Ed Rendell Electoral Finance Committee, Philadelphia, PA., Member.
The Villanova Law Review, Vol. 20, Nos. 2-3 (1975-1976), Author, “The Black 'Philadelphia Lawyer.’”
Blue Nile Passage, Inc., Mentor.