“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt 1910”
Mitch passionately pursues the interests and best outcomes for his clients. Offering a broad range of specialties, Mitch’s practice areas include Civil Trial; Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Premises Liability; Construction Litigation; Products Liability; Negligence; Insurance Bad Faith; Insurance Coverage; Contractual Disputes; General Civil Litigation; and, Appeals.
Practice Areas: Civil Trial; Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Premises Liability; Automobile Accidents; Construction Litigation; Products Liability; Negligence; Insurance Bad Faith; Insurance Coverage; Commercial Litigation; Contractual Disputes; General Civil Litigation; and, Appeals.
University: University of Florida, B.A., 1993; Post-Baccalaureate Studies, 1995.
Law School: Stetson University, J.D., 1998
Admitted: 1998; Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Memberships: Hillsborough County Bar Association; The Florida Bar; Florida Bar Trial Lawyer's Section, American Association of Justice, Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, Florida Justice Association.
Born: Evanston, Illinois, November 28, 1971
Honors: National Champion, Stetson Trial Team Member, 1996-97; National Moot Court Board, 1998; Chief Honor Court Attorney, 1998; Stetson Teaching Fellow, 1998.
Since being admitted to The Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court of Middle District of Florida in 1998, Mitch’s legal resume has many impressive accomplishments. Most notably, Mitch argued before the Florida Supreme Court in 2005. He has also been lead counsel in dozens of jury and bench trials as a trial lawyer, and he has been honored by the publication of several trial verdicts and appellate cases.
Mitch is fluent in Spanish, an ability especially well served in Florida. He was born in Evanston, Illinois, then moved to Guatemala with his mother and siblings at age five, during which time he honed his second language. Mitch lived in Guatemala until relocating to the Tampa Bay area.
Mitch has remained in Florida ever since, and attended the University of Florida earning a bachelor's degree in 1993. He also participated in UF’s Post-Baccalaureate Studies Program until 1995. Following his studies at the University of Florida, Mitch obtained his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 1998. While in law school, he was a member of the Stetson’s National Championship Trial Team, and also participated in national competitions as a member of Stetson’s National Moot Court Board. In his final year at Stetson Law School, Mitch was elected by his peers to serve as Stetson’s Chief Honor Court Attorney. Additionally, Mitch was employed by Stetson as a Teaching Fellow responsible for teaching first year law students research, writing and oral advocacy skills.
After graduating from Stetson University College of Law in 1998, Mitch spent two years working in the Orlando office of George Hartz P.A. In 2000, he joined Smith, Clark, Delesie, Bierley, Mueller & Kadyk in Tampa, where he was a shareholder until becoming a founding partner at Kadyk Delesie & Espat P.A. in March 2008. Mitch joined Matt Powell in 2011 and formed Powell & Espat. Mitch is also a member of the American Association for Justice; the Hillsborough County Bar Association; the Florida Justice Association; and the Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section.
In addition to his passion for the law, Mitch devotes much of his personal time to helping animals, shelters and animal assistance organizations. He also fosters abandoned and rescued animals in need of a home.
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