Mitchell L. Lathrop
600 West Broadway, Suite 500
San Diego, CA 92101-3357
Mitchell L. Lathrop is a lawyer who practices in the areas of domestic and international arbitration, insurance and reinsurance law, environmental law, securities and complex litigation. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K.). Mr. Lathrop is a diplomate in international arbitration law of the College of Law of England and Wales. He is a Distinguished Neutral of the International Institute for the Prevention and Resolution of Disputes (CPR) and a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Sydney. He also serves as an arbitrator for the Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society, U.S. (ARIAS-US); the Singapore International Arbitration Centre; the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry; the Reinsurance Association of America; the London Court of International Arbitration; the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association; the Dubai International Arbitration Centre; the Kuala Lumpur International Arbitration Centre; and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Mr. Lathrop is a member of the American Board of Neutrals Association.
Mr. Lathrop is admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, New York, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also admitted to practice before numerous federal courts and governmental agencies.
Mr. Lathrop is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is a former Presiding Referee of the California State Bar Court. He holds the highest Martindale-Hubbell “A” rating in both California and New York, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America as well as Super Lawyers for both New York City and San Diego. He is a retired Captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Navy.
As a mediator, I try to bring the parties together to reach a fair and equitable settlement of their dispute. As an arbitrator, I strive to do justice based upon the arbitration agreement of the parties, the law and the evidence presented. I do not believe in "cutting the baby in half." Arbitration should be conducted fairly, promptly and with a minimum of discovery.
Mr. Lathrop has been a practicing lawyer, mediator and arbitrator for over 40 years. He is a former litigator who has tried over 100 cases throughout the U.S. Since 2012, Mr. Lathrop's practice has been limited to arbitration, mediation, and consulting and expert testimony in matters involving insurance, reinsurance, and lawyers’ professional responsibility.
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- San Diego County Bar Association; Vice-President, 1985-1986; Director of the Association 1982-1986; Ethics Committee, 1978-1982; Chairman, 1981-1982
- Federal Court Committee, 1978-198; Chairman, 1980; ADR Section, Executive Committee, 2019-Present; Insurance Section, Executive Committee, 2019-Present
- American Bar Association
- Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
- International Association of Defense Counsel
- Federal Bar Association
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers
- Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
- Forensic Expert Witness Association
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K.)
National Panel Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association (“AAA”)
International Panel Arbitrator, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (“ICDR”)
Distinguished Neutral, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (“CPR”)
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”)
Served as mediator, sole arbitrator, party arbitrator, or counsel in over 500 mediations and arbitrations in the United States and abroad over the past 40 years. Due to the confidential nature of mediations and arbitral proceedings, further information cannot be provided except as required by disclosure rules of the particular jurisdiction or by the mediation/arbitral provider in a specific proceeding.
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) Publicly Available Awards for Cases Involving Public Customers in which I was a Panel member are:
Timothy Patrick Cusick vs. Jeffrey Auprince Ten Eyck and Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC;
Donna Gambee vs. David Lloyd Barber and Madison Avenue Securities, LLC;
Sujata Vyas vs. Interfirst Capital Corporation;
Isaac Organization, LLC, et al vs. Rocco Gerard Guidicipetro;
Natalija Josimovich vs. Robert Alden Cannon, Pacific West Securities, Philip Anthony Pizelo, et al.;
Charles Jia vs. Joseph Gunnar and Co. LLC and Anthony Sica, Mike Kaplan, Gary Sacarro, Joseph A. Alagna, Jr., et al.;
Paul Gerrit Kroell vs. Scottrade, Inc., Edward Jones, Bill H. Gregg and Jamie A. Meronoff
- “Mediating Reinsurance Insolvency Disputes,” American Bar Association Section of Business Law, June, 1996;
- “Insolvency and Reinsurance: The Search for Assets and the Battle for the Funds,” New York State Bar Reinsurance Litigation and Arbitration Program, November, 1996;
- “Trigger of Coverage and Allocation of Losses Between Reinsurers and Cedents,” Reinsurance Association of America, Environmental Conference, January, 1997;
- “Insurance Implications of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards,” Zurich Reinsurance Centre, Inc., Conference on Emerging Issues in the Professional Liability Arena, January, 1997;
- “Insurance Implications of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards,” 1 Jour. Ins. Coverage 30 (1998);
- “The Changing Face of Expert Evidence,” 52 F.D.C.C. Quarterly 409 (2002);
- “Interim Awards and Freezing Assets,” International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (January 2007);
- “A Comparative Look at International Arbitral Rules and Statutes,” Center for International Legal Studies (February 2007);
- “Subtle Differences: A Look at Some Widely Used Arbitral Rules,” International Institute for the Prevention and Resolution of Disputes (May 2007);
- “Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of the Enforceability of Pending Foreign Arbitration,” Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (July 2007);
- “Widely Used Rules in International Arbitration,” International Dispute Resolution, Kluwer Law International, 2010;
- “Responsive Pleadings and Arbitration,” Alternatives to Litigation, 2012; “Jurisdiction Issues in International Arbitration,” 2 Global Bus. L. Rev. 29 (2011);
- “Arbitrator Bias in the United States: A Patchwork of Decisions,” 80 Defense Counsel Journal 146 (2013);
- “Class Arbitration”, Insurance Counsel Journal (2018); "Brokers' Dilemma", Insurance Journal (2019);
- "The Arbitration Legacy of Sandra Day O'Connor," Vienna International Arbitration Center (2020), with Daniela Karollus-Bruner and Kevin F. Truxillo;
- “Carve-outs and Injunctive Relief in Arbitration Cases,” Defense Counsel Journal (2021)