WILLIAM D. MITCHELL

Bill has been a practicing attorney for over 25 years. He was born in Great Falls, Montana in 1947 and is an honors graduate from the University of Washington (BA, 1969), where he was nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship. He served as a naval officer in the Submarine Force during the Vietnam War. Subsequently he received an MA in economics and a JD from the University of California at Berkeley. He has a Masters degree in Taxation from Georgetown University. He is listed in Who's Who in America. He was an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida. He is board certified in labor and employment law in Florida and is a former chair of the Certification Committee for the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Practice

Bill has represented companies ranging in size from Fortune 10 companies to one person companies. He serves as general counsel for a number of companies. He has been listed in Who's Who in American Law, has been designated a leading Florida attorney in employee benefits, and was designated a Florida Super Lawyer in 2009. He has litigated numerous employment law and employee benefits cases and has assisted startup firms in obtaining capital. He has served as management co-chair for Section on Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Committee, Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWA) Subcommittee. He has litigated several complex estate tax cases in Tax Court and a number of anti-trust cases. He is a certified federal court mediator. He is admitted to practice in all Florida state and federal courts, the Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. Tax Court, and California, Delaware, Montana and the District of Columbia.

Publications

Bill has co-authored Employee Fringe and Welfare Benefit Plans (West Publishers) and is the author of the Estate and Retirement Planning Answer Book (Panel Publishers). He has written the following articles: "IRS Concept of Clarifying Amendments Creates Uncertainties For Plan Sponsors", Journal of Pension Planning and Compliance, Summer 1986; "Single Employer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1986 Creates New Burdens for Employers", Florida Bar Journal, November 1986. He wrote the Chapter on Plans for Self Employed Persons in the Matthew Bender Tax Law Treatise (BNA 1991)and was a contributing author to Employee Benefits Law , a book published by the American Bar Association. He has published two poems.

Presentations

Bill is a member of Toastmasters and often speaks on benefits and employment law issues both in Florida and in other states.