Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts

Law Office of Mitchell L. Lathrop

Best's Recommended Expert Service Providers - Insurance Experts

600 West Broadway, Suite 500, San Diego, California 92101-3357

Established: 1966

Qualified Member Since: 2013

About Us

Arbitrator, mediator and expert consultant/witness in insurance, reinsurance and lawyers' professional responsibility. Former Presiding Referee of the California State Bar Court. Expertise includes insurance coverage for long-tail claims and bad faith, and coverage in business interruption matters, including COVID-19 claims.

Services Rendered

  • Mediation
  • Arbitrations
  • Expert Testimony
  • Insurance Consulting
  • Reinsurance
  • Lawyer' Professional Responsibility
  • Insurance Practice and Standards of Care
  • Reasonable Care and Diligence
  • Special Relationships
  • Agency/Company Disputes
Mitchell L. Lathrop is an expert in insurance, reinsurance, and lawyers' professional responsibility and ethics. He has been practicing law for over 53 years and is licensed in California, New York and the District of Columbia, as well as before many federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has testified as an expert in both state and federal courts on the standard of care and the standard of conduct required of lawyers. He is a former Presiding Referee of the California State Bar Court. He has also testified as an expert in both state and federal courts on the standard of care and the standard of conduct for insurers in all facets of insurance and reinsurance. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is the author of an insurance treatise, Insurance Coverage for Environmental Claims, which has been published annually since 1992 by Lexis-Nexis Matthew Bender. In 2012 he was named Best Lawyers' Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year.

Software Platforms & Technology Used

  • Zoom
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Skype
  • MS Word
  • WordPerfect 2020
  • Nuance PDF Pro


In his over 45 years of experience in the insurance industry, Mr. Lathrop has worked as a lawyer, educator, writer, editor, legal association officer, expert witness and consultant in the areas of insurance, reinsurance & lawyers' professional responsibility. He is Martindale-Hubbell "A" rated, listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2006-present), listed in Super Lawyers for both New York & San Diego & received Best Lawyers' 2012 San Diego Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year.

Professional Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Forensic Expert Witness Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • International Bar Association
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • Judge Advocates Association
  • American Board of Neutrals Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Center for International Legal Studies
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
  • AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS-US)
  • Association of Insurance and Reinsurance Run-Off Companies (AIRROC)

Personnel Information

Firm Member

Mitchell Lee Lathrop C.Arb., FCIArb.

  • California
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, District of Columbia, Second, Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits
  • United States Naval Academy, B.S.Engr.
  • University of Southern California School of Law, J.D.

Insurance Coverage for Environmental Claims by Mitchell L. Lathrop, Lexis-Nexis

High Profile Cases

Shell Oil Company v. Winterthur Swiss Insurance Company, et al., 12 Cal.App.4th 715, 15 Cal.Rptr.2d 815 (1993), as modified, February 22, 1993, 1993 Cal. App. LEXIS 156. Liggett Group, Inc. v. Affiliated FM Ins. Co., C.A. No. 00C-01-207 HDR, Del. Super. Ct., New Castle County, October 1, 2001, 2001 Del. Super. LEXIS 385, aff’d sub nom. Liggett Group Inc. v. Ace Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 798 A.2d 1024 (Del. 2002). Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 283 A.D.2d 322, 724 N.Y.S.2d 853 (2001), leave to appeal granted, 97 N.Y.2d 603, 760 N.E.2d 1288, 735 N.Y.S.2d 492 (2001), aff’d, 98 N.Y.2d 208, 774 N.E.2d 687, 746 N.Y.S.2d 622 (2002).

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