Mitchell defends audits and litigates U.S. state and local tax matters before judicial courts and administrative tribunals around the country. He has successfully argued cutting edge, precedential tax matters before state high courts, intermediate appellate courts, and trial courts on behalf of clients obtaining favorable outcomes across a wide range of industries.
He advises clients on all state and local income, gross-receipts, franchise, sales, use, excise, and miscellaneous taxes as well as myriad fees and unclaimed property obligations. He counsels clients on state and local aspects of sophisticated planning and transactional matters, such as acquisitions; dispositions; restructurings; and asset-based financing transactions, including inventory and off-take financing agreements. He has also successfully counseled individuals and estates regarding residency, domicile, and multistate taxability in audits and appeals.
Mitchell was named a Law360 Tax MVP in 2019. He routinely publishes articles on U.S. state and local taxation, which have appeared in leading industry publications such as Tax Executive, The Professional Journal of the Tax Executives Institute; Deal Lawyers; Law360 Tax; the New Jersey Bar Association Taxation Law Section Newsletter; the DealLawyers.com blog; State Tax Notes; COST State Tax Report; Association of Corporate Counsel; and Tax Management’s Multistate Tax Report.
He also frequently delivers lectures on state and local tax issues and has spoken before numerous organizations, including the New York University’s (“NYU”) Institute on State and Local Taxation; Georgetown University Law Center’s Advanced State and Local Tax Institute; New York University’s School of Professional Studies Tax Conferences in July; Vanderbilt University Law School’s Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum; The Tax Executives Institute; The Council on State Taxation; The Energy Tax Association; STARTUP; North Eastern States Tax Officials Association; New Jersey CPA Society; New Jersey Bar Association; New Jersey Society of Enrolled Agents; and the Chicago Tax Club.
Chambers USA notes that clients say “Mitchell is very understanding of the market and our concerns. You can count on him to provide expert guidance with tax authorities,” and describes him as “very knowledgeable and good at getting to the issues.”
Prior to joining Blank Rome, Mitchell was a partner at a leading Am Law 100 firm and spent six years as a deputy attorney general at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, where he represented the Division of Taxation, among other agencies and bodies, in court. He also counseled the Division of Taxation and other agencies on regulatory matters. From 1996–1997, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Irwin I. Kimmelman, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.