Mitchell A. Stephens focuses his practice on litigation and has successfully represented clients in both state and federal courts. Mitch’s last two jury trials resulted in favorable verdicts for his clients, with the total verdict amounts exceeding $25 million. At his last bench trial, he successfully defended against seven-figure damages claims and obtained a no cause of action verdict. His last arbitration trial involved defending against a $36 million arbitration demand. The final award was a dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims with prejudice and no damages awarded. In addition to these favorable trial verdicts, Mitch has prevailed on many other matters in the dispositive motion context. He also has successfully defended his victories on appeal, including to the Utah Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Hatch, James & Dodge, Mitch served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Carolyn B. McHugh of the Utah Court of Appeals. Mitch graduated from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2007 with Highest Honors.
- S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, J.D., 2007
- Highest Honors
- Order of the Coif
- Editor, Utah Law Review (2006-2007)
- William H. Leary Scholar
- Utah Valley University, B.S. Business Management, 2004
- Magna Cum Laude
Professional Honors & Activites
- Utah’s Legal Elite, “Up and Coming” – Utah Business Magazine
- Super Lawyer – Mountain States Super Lawyers Magazine (2014-15)
- Rising Star – Mountain States Super Lawyers Magazine (2011-13)
- Participant, Aldon J. Anderson American Inns of Court
- Utah State Bar
- United States District Court, District of Utah
- Ignoring Justice: Prosecutorial Discretion and the Ethics of Charging, 35 N. Kent. L. Rev. 53.
- I’m Sorry: Exploring the Reasons Behind the Differing Roles of Apology in American and Japanese Civil Cases, 14 Widener L. Rev. 185.
- A Trap for the Rational: Simultaneous Removal and Appointment of a General Partner Under the Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, 2007 Utah L. Rev. 521.