Mr. Mitchell has been enjoying the practice of law for over 35 years, providing valued service for an array of clients. As outside counsel to the New York City Transit Authority, Long Island Rail Road, and Metropolitan Transit Authority he respectively provides representation in labor arbitration, civil rights 1983, where he rapidly settled negotiations contributing to significant savings in fees and litigation expenses, personal injury defense. In his legal representation for 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 Commercial and Transactional Agreements and providing litigation representation in both the Supreme and Appellate Division, 2nd Department. When it comes to his labor/employee practice Mr. Mitchell enjoys advocating for his clients in defense litigation and has done so in law suits ranging from representing employees against a major airlines, to across the spectrum defending the management for a major investment house. Acting as legal counsel for various aspects of real estate transactions, be it new construction or development projects; constructive trusts litigation; sale of co-op shares or home improvement disputes keeps him abreast of New York City, Administrative Codes and General Obligation laws. Services in Estate Planning include the ongoing preparation of Living Trusts, Wills, Living Wills, Irrevocable and Special Needs Trusts, and Powers of Attorney. Assisting families in preserving wealth for future generations, and navigating the complicated maze of probate are areas of special interest and concern. In any and all instances, Mr. Mitchell and his team have a proven track record of obtaining favorable judgments based upon the ability to take the lead, and articulate matters clearly and concisely. Whether it is in negotiations, consultation, arbitration or litigation, successful results rests upon his being adept at using skill, diplomacy and tact, to hear the voice of everyone involved. These attributes are always essential and 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.
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. Availability 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.