Overview

C. Mitchell Hendy is a senior associate in Mayer Brown’s Los Angeles litigation group and a member of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice. In addition to his experience as a former federal prosecutor, Mitchell has represented businesses and individuals in class actions and other complex disputes involving a wide variety of issues including antitrust, COVID-19 insurance litigation, employment, intellectual property, fraud, and deceptive trade practices.

Mitchell has handled and won over two dozen federal appeals. His appellate focus is complemented by substantive trial involvement; he has been a member of four trial teams, all of which obtained favorable jury verdicts. Most recently, Mitchell second-chaired a False Claims Act trial in October 2021—obtaining a $26 million judgment following jury verdict in his client’s favor.

Mitchell is also active with pro bono matters and has authored several appellate briefs in the US Supreme Court and US Courts of Appeals on behalf of LGBT organizations on issues such as marriage equality and non-discrimination.

Before joining Mayer Brown, Mitchell was an Assistant United States Attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. In that role, Mitchell served as lead appellate counsel in numerous complex appeals and argued six cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. As lead counsel, he obtained reversals of district court evidentiary rulings, including in important hate crime and narcotics prosecutions. Mitchell began his legal career as a clerk to Judge Amalya L. Kearse of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mitchell received his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a managing editor of the Columbia Law Review and named a James Kent scholar. Mitchell received a BS in psychology and a BA in political science, both summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University.

Experience

Trial Victories

  • Prevailed as trial counsel in $26 million False Claims Act judgment following three-day jury trial in Central District of California.
  • Won a $54 million jury verdict for defamation and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage on behalf of business executive against a former employer.
  • Won jury verdict in three-week fraud and deceptive business practices trial in New York federal court on behalf of prominent wine collector.
  • Won seven-figure patent-infringement jury verdict against LG Electronics relating to smartphone user interface inventions.

Appellate Wins

  • Secured affirmance on appeal of $2.9 million jury verdict following 16-day jury trial.
  • Won reversal of district court’s evidentiary ruling excluding evidence of prior hate crime conviction in subsequent federal prosecution for interference with federal fair housing rights.
  • Successfully defended jury verdict and $1.15 million award against entrepreneur Eric Greenberg over sale of counterfeit wine.

Critical Dispositive Motions

  • Secured dismissal of a food false advertising class action complaint challenging “milk chocolate” claim on ice cream bar products.
  • Won motion to dismiss a multidistrict litigation class action complaint alleging travel insurance company improperly denied benefits in response to government travel restrictions following COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Won motion to compel arbitration permitting a third-party insurance company to enforce arbitration provisions found in an online travel agency’s terms of service.
  • Successfully defeated a motion for class certification in distributor class action alleging underpayment for distribution businesses.

Education

Columbia Law School, JD
Managing Editor, Columbia Law Review; Paul R. Hays prize for excellence in civil procedure; James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

The Ohio State University, BS, summa cum laude

The Ohio State University, BA, summa cum laude

Admissions

  • California

Court

  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California
  • US District Court for the Central District of California
  • US District Court for the Southern District of California
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio