David W. Mitchell

David W. Mitchell


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David Mitchell is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Diego office and focuses his practice on antitrust and securities fraud litigation. He leads the Firm’s antitrust benchmark rate litigations as well as the Firm’s pay-for-delay actions. He has served as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous cases and has helped achieve substantial settlements for shareholders. His most notable cases include Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners, LLC, obtaining more than $590 million for shareholders, and In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litig. Additionally, Mitchell served as class counsel in the ISDAfix Benchmark action against 14 major banks and broker ICAP plc, obtaining more than $500 million for plaintiffs (pending final approval). Currently, Mitchell serves as court-appointed counsel in In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litig.

Mitchell was nationally recognized for his legal work and named an “Antitrust Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, which honored attorneys for their achievements in various specialties. He has also been named to the Best Lawyers in America list by Best Lawyers®, the “Best of the Bar – The Most Outstanding Lawyers in San Diego” list by the San Diego Business Journal, the Super Lawyers list, and the 2014 Global Directory of Who’s Who.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mitchell served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California. While at the United States Attorney’s Office, he worked on cases involving narcotics trafficking, bank robbery, murder-for-hire, alien smuggling and terrorism. He tried nearly 20 cases to verdict before federal criminal juries and made numerous appellate arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mitchell graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and History and thereafter received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.


  • Member, Enright Inn of Court
  • Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers®, 2018-2019
  • Super Lawyer, 2016-2018
  • Antitrust Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2015
  • “Best of the Bar – The Most Outstanding Lawyers in San Diego,” San Diego Business
    Journal, 2014

Practice Areas


  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • University of Richmond, B.A., 1995 


  • California
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

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