Patrick J. Mitchell


Of Counsel, Mr. Mitchell joined the firm in 2007.  Pat is a graduate of the University of Arizona and subsequently received a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University.  In his legal career, he served as a special assistant attorney general for the state of Arizona, general counsel to an international railway union and as a partner in the Washington law firm of Sher & Blackwell.  Pat also served the City of Phoenix as a member of the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB).  Upon graduation from law school, Pat joined the staff of Sen. Dennis DeConcini handling constituent and policy issues in 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties.  He later became a principal in the communications consulting firm First Tuesday where he was the political services director before relocating to Washington where he served as a senior adviser to the presidential campaigns of Senators Gary Hart and Paul Simon.  He also served as a political adviser to Congressman Mo Udall of Arizona and chief-of-staff to Representative Louise Slaughter of New York. Pat left Capitol Hill to join the Dutko Group, a Washington lobbying and public relations firm where he was a partner and general counsel.  Pat’s practice has focused on appropriations, water and land management and higher education issues before Congress and on initiative and referenda campaigns.  He has also served as an adviser to then Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano on federal legislative strategy and as the chair of Innovation Arizona, a foundation promoting Governor Napolitano’s Innovation America initiative with the National Governors’ Association