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Founding Partner of The Cochran Firm – New Orleans & The Cochran Firm – Metairie
New Orleans Attorney
Born in Mobile, Alabama Jeff Mitchell graduated from Louisiana State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He attended Louisiana State University, The Paul M. Hebert, School of Law from which he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1989.
Jeff is admitted to practice before the Louisiana Supreme Court, as well as all Louisiana State District and Appellate Courts. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Jeff is admitted to the United States Court of Federal Claims and has been admitted pro hac vice (a temporary, case by case basis) in Mississippi and Alabama.
Areas of Practice
With his practice primarily focused in the area of Medical Malpractice, Jeff is one of approximately 13 lawyers in Louisiana to be Board Certified in Medical Malpractice Cases by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He was one of the first 12 attorneys in Louisiana to become Board Certified in Medical Malpractice cases by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. Jeff also handles cases in the areas of Automobile Accidents, Products Liability, Premises Liability and Maritime Law.
Awards and Honors
Jeff was selected as a National Finalist of the Lawdragon’s annual guide to the Leading Lawyers in America. Approximately 3,000 lawyers are awarded the status of National Finalist each year out of the 1.1 million U.S. lawyers. Known as the Lawdragon 3000, these National Finalists are selected from more than 25,000 nominees who were identified through independent research and online submissions, then selected through an intensive three-month peer review, client evaluation and editorial process.
Jeff received the prestigious Leadership in Law award for 2010. This award is given to the Top 50 attorneys in New Orleans as judged by a panel of professionals at New Orleans City Business Magazine. Jeff was also named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 trial lawyers from 2007-2010. In December 2009, Jeff was named as one of the Top Lawyers in Medical Malpractice by New Orleans Magazine.
Jeff was the Co-Founder and Equity Partner/Co-Owner of the law firms of Phillips & Mitchell, The Cochran Firm New Orleans, and The Cochran Firm Jackson. He is currently the founding partner of The Cochran Firm, Metairie and a Co-Founding partner in Cochran-Latino. Jeff is the Chairman of the Medical Malpractice Section for The Cochran Firm, U.S.A. and is also a member of the Executive Committee of the National Firm. In 2006-2007, Jeff served as Chairman of the Medical Malpractice Section of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association. Currently, he is a member of the Executive Committee for the Louisiana Association for Justice.
Organizations and Affiliations
Jeff is a member of the Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations. He holds the position of Senior Counsel for the American College of Barristers, a status conferred consistent with the Common Law Tradition of honoring Skill and Experience as a Trial Lawyer, as well as a demonstrated commitment to promoting Excellence in the Art of Trial Advocacy. Jeff also is a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice and a member of the Medical Malpractice Section within that organization.
Jeff has been a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the National Trial Lawyers. He is a member in good standing of the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer’s rating service.
Presentations and Legal Articles
An author of numerous legal articles, Jeff is a frequent lecturer at legal Seminars. In 1998, he co-chaired a legal seminar for the National Business Institute titled: Adjusting the Automobile Injury Claim in Louisiana. In September, 2000, he co-chaired the seminar: Medical Records for Louisiana Attorneys. He has provided written articles and lectured numerous times on Recent Developments in Medical Malpractice.
Jeff’s articles on medical malpractice issues been published in the Louisiana Advocate, the newspaper for the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, he has been interviewed and featured in the publication City Business. In November 2002, Jeff was Chairman of the medical malpractice seminar sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association entitled “Issues We Now Face In Medical Malpractice Litigation” He also spoke at the March 2003 Medical Malpractice seminar sponsored by the National Business Institute.
Jeff has appeared on the Bob Christopher Radio show to discuss medical malpractice issues from callers. In May 2004, Jeff and a colleague gave a seminar on “Handling Medical Malpractice Claims in Louisiana.” In June of 2004, as head of The Cochran Firm Medical Malpractice Section, Jeff presented a seminar on “Screening and Handling Medical Malpractice Cases.” In 2006, Jeff gave two presentations on updates to Medical Malpractice Laws for the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association.
The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has given Jeff the legal rating of “AV.” These ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary and fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.