Maurice R. Mitts
Maurice is nationally known for his relentless commitment to his clients and for devising creative solutions to their legal challenges. He has extensive experience with litigation involving complex commercial transactions, funds transfers, payment systems and business bankruptcies. He litigates in state and federal courts around the country and has had highly-publicized successes for financial institutions, bankruptcy trustees and public and private corporations and their officers. Maurice is known for understanding the unique needs of his clients and developing dynamic solutions for their legal problems. From across the country, clients have sought Maurice's innovative approach to litigation and dispute resolution.
His commitment to a powerful presentation of his clients’ rights has earned him considerable acclaim and recognition from his colleagues, adversaries and numerous courts. Maurice has received an AV Peer Review Rating, the highest level of professional excellence in the Martindale-Hubbell system and has been named a Super Lawyer for ten years by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. Maurice’s dedication to his clients and the integrity of the legal process has also been demonstrated by his pro bono representations, which include a successful challenge to an Alabama prisoner’s death sentence. After thirteen years of intensive challenge through state and federal court proceedings, Maurice’s efforts resulted in a reversal of the client’s death sentence. His tenacious drive, strategic thinking and compassion, which made that success possible, are core qualities of his representation of all our firm’s clients.
Education, Honors and Awards
J.D., Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C., 1987
American University Journal of International Law and Policy, Staff Editor
Washington College of Law Moot Court Board, Chairman
A.L.M., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1984
A.L.B., cum laude, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1982
Professional and Community Involvement
Maurice has been a member of the Board of Directors of Gratz College, a member of the Pennsylvania State Civil Judicial Procedural Rules Committee and the Federal Courts Committee. He is a member of the Commercial Law League, Turnaround Management Association, Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Association, American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Association.
In addition to Maurice's successful challenge to Virgil Lee Brownlee’s death penalty conviction, he also mentors law and college students and has volunteered at the Temple Academy of Trial Advocacy.
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
State of New Jersey
District of Columbia
News and Publications
United States Supreme Court Opinion -- Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk, 133 S. Ct. 1523 (2013)
Financial Times -- Rescue’s Shockwaves Rumble On
National Law Journal -- Loose Legal Lips
The Philadelphia Inquirer -- Firm Hired In Casino License Case
The Philadelphia Inquirer -- Wachovia Gets a Surprise Acquisition
The Philadelphia Inquirer -- After $1.7 Million Landed in Wrong Account, CoreStates Insisted it Could Seize the Money. It Was a Very Costly Move.
Legal Intelligencer -- Mitts Helps Pro Bono Client Avoid Death Penalty
United States Supreme Court Holds that Fiduciaries of Employee Stock Ownership Plans Are Not Entitled to a Presumption of Prudence, Advancing ERISA Claims Brought by Firm Clients.
United States Supreme Court Rules That Firm Client's Rule 68 Offer of Judgment Rendered Collective Action Under The Fair Labor Standards Act Moot.
Federal Judge Upholds Firm's Client's Ability To Press Forward With The Class Action Claims Alleging Fraud, RICO And Anti-Trust Violations Against Coventry First, One Of The Nation's Leading Life Settlement Providers.