Mitchell Lathrop

San Diego, California

General Specialty

Legal Malpractice

Specialty Focus

Insurance Bad Faith
Insurance claim handling
Insurance Coverage
Insurance policy interpretation
Insurance standard of care
Lawyers' standard of care
Legal Ethics
Legal Malpractice

Primary Areas of Expertise

Insurance & Legal Malpractice

Mitchell L. Lathrop is a lawyer licensed in California, New York and the District of Columbia, and is a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. After over 40 years in trial courts throughout the United States, he today restricts his practice to arbitration, mediation, and expert consulting and testimony in matters involving insurance, reinsurance, and lawyers’ professional responsibility and ethics. He is a former Presiding Referee of the California State Bar Court, with over 20 years experience in lawyer disciplinary matters. He has served in over 100 cases as an expert in insurance, reinsurance. and legal malpractice matters.

Mitchell’s credentials admitted to practice law in the following jurisdictions and courts:
-New York
-District of Columbia
-U.S. Supreme Court
-U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth,
-District of Columbia and Federal Circuits
-U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California; the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of New York; the Eastern District of Michigan; the Southern District of Texas and the District of Columbia
-U.S. Tax Court
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
-U.S. Court of International Trade
-U.S. Court of Federal Claims
-U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Affairs

Certified General Courts Martial trial and defense counsel under Article 27(b) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, 10 U.S.C. §827(b)



  • The Thacher School, Ojai, California
  • B.Sc., Engineering, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
  • J.D., University of Southern California Law School
  • Diplomate, International Arbitration Law, College of Law of England and Wales
  • Certificate in Advanced Mediation: Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law


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