Maurice R. Mitts

Maurice R. Mitts

Maurice is a nationally recognized litigator with extensive trial and appellate experience. Known for his relentless commitment and creative problem-solving, he has tried numerous cases to verdict and secured countless wins for his clients.

Businesses, institutions, and individuals from across the country seek out Maurice's innovative approach to litigation and dispute resolution. He represents clients in litigation involving complex commercial transactions, funds transfers, payment systems, and business bankruptcies. Maurice has also had high-profile successes for financial institutions, bankruptcy trustees, and public and private corporations and their officers. He holds the record nationally for the largest verdict everó$352 million-rendered in favor of one lender against another financial institution.

Maurice's commitment to a powerful presentation of his clients' rights has earned him considerable acclaim and recognition from colleagues, adversaries, and courts. He 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 thirteen years in a row by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Deeply dedicated to the integrity of the legal system, Maurice maintains an active pro bono practice. He spent thirteen years and donated thousands of hours of legal work challenging an Alabama prisoner's death sentence. After extensive state and federal court proceedings, Maurice secured a reversal of the client's death sentence. His tenacious drive, strategic thinking and compassion, which made this 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 is 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.

Pro Bono

  • 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.

Bar Admissions

  • 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 Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh 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

Significant Results