Mitchell Martin

Mitchell Martin is an experienced attorney with a track record of success for his clients. A natural litigator, Mitchell has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, the last two years in a row, 2021 and 2022, in the area of commercial litigation. He has tried jury and bench trials to verdict in state and federal court and has also briefed appeals to the Illinois Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Supreme Court of Alabama. Currently, Mitchell splits his litigation practice between commercial litigation and civil rights litigation. He has significant experience representing major corporations in matters involving breach of contract, breach of warranty, premises liability and product liability claims in state and federal courts throughout the United States. With a strong passion for civil rights work, Mitchell also devotes a substantial portion of his litigation work to Lathrop GPM’s Civil Rights practice, where he has represented wrongfully incarcerated exonerees, tried court appointed cases to verdict, and defended the civil rights of private litigants, in venues all across the country.

In addition to his litigation work, Mitchell also assists clients with their compliance related needs in the growing areas of data privacy and cybersecurity.

Previously, Mitchell practiced with the national law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, in Minneapolis, Minn., and St. Louis, Mo. He is licensed to practice law in the state courts of Missouri, Illinois, and Minnesota; the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri, Southern District of Illinois, and District of Minnesota; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Mitchell received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2013 from Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, IL. During law school, he competed as a member of the National Moot Court Team, winning Best Oralist, Best Brief and Finalist awards. Mitchell also earned two (2) CALI Excellence for the Future awards, was admitted to the Order of the Barristers, was awarded the Judge Richard E. Richman Endowed Scholarship, and worked for the former Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, the Honorable Lloyd Karmeier.

Representative Matters

  • Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed Appellate Court decision in favor of client, a national insurer.
  • Summary judgment award in favor of client, a locomotive manufacturing company, on basis that the plaintiff's claims were preempted by the Locomotive Inspection Act.
  • Summary judgment award in favor of client, a local municipality, on basis that plaintiff's claims were preempted by the Illinois Animal Control Act.
  • Summary judgment award in favor of client, on basis that Plaintiff presented no evidence of asbestos containing components within client’s products.
  • Successfully prosecuted declaratory judgment action for no coverage on behalf of national insurer.
  • Successfully lobbied Minnesota municipality to repeal unconstitutional ordinance on behalf of national trade association.


  • Presenter, Attorneys' Ethical Obligations in the Digital Age, November 2016
  • Panelist, Mid to Large Law Firm Practice, ABA Career Panel, April 2016
  • Family and Medical Leave Act: The Basics, Presentation, November 2015 (Authored presentation materials)
  • Special Masters in Federal, Missouri, and Illinois Courts, May 2015 (Authored Presentation Materials)


  • Co-Author, The Limitation of Damages in Employment Discrimination Cases: A Case Analysis, National Law Review, October 2015

Professional Affiliations

  • Missouri State Bar Association
  • St. Clair County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Christian Legal Society
  • MSG Ministry - First Free Church


  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, "Ones to Watch," 2021-2022
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  • St. Louis

    7701 Forsyth Boulevard
    Suite 500
    Clayton, MO 63105
F: 314.613.2801


Tanya Smith

Court Memberships

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013

  • Order of Barristers
  • Judge Richard E. Richman Endowed Scholarship

Harding University, B.A., Psychology, 2008

  • Summa Cum Laude