A Brief Biography
Ronnie Mitchell has lived in Cumberland County virtually all his life when his family moved from rural Sampson County to Fayetteville. He attended elementary school at Camden Road School in Fayetteville and Sunnyside Elementary school in Vander. Then, he attended junior and senior high school at Massey Hill, graduating in 1971.
He attended Wake Forest University where he received a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, majoring in philosophy and political science. He received his degree as an honors graduate in May 1975, and was married to Cheryl Coble, a native of Fayetteville and graduate of Cape Fear High School and Methodist College (now Methodist University) later that same month.
Ronnie attended Wake Forest Law School, where he participated in Moot Court and he was selected as Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review. An honors graduate from the law school, Ronnie received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, in May 1978. While in law school he served as a research assistant and as a legal writing student-instructor. He received academic awards including, among others, selection to the Law Review and the United States Law Week Award.
After passing the Bar examination in 1978, Ronnie began his legal career as a practicing attorney. Since then, Ronnie has continued to be involved in a broad practice of law, involving both civil and criminal cases in the state and federal courts.
Ronnie and Cheryl have two children. Their daughter, Meredith, taught biology at Jack Britt High School until she was married in February, 2010, and moved with her husband to Texas. Their son, Grant Mitchell, is an attorney who, like Ronnie, is in private practice with The Mitchell Law Group in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Ronnie is an elder of the non-denominational Church at Fayetteville. He also serves on The Board of Directors of the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Committee, The Fayetteville State University Foundation Board, and he has previously served on the Boards of the Fayetteville Area Youth Soccer Association, Fayetteville Youth for Christ, as well as other boards and committees in the Fayetteville-Cumberland County community.
Ronnie Mitchell has been named to The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in American Law, North Carolina Super Lawyers, and he has received many other professional recognitions. For a period of time he served as an adjunct professor of law at the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University while continuing the practice of law.
For more than thirty-one years, Ronnie has been involved in complex criminal and civil litigation, including cases involving automobile collisions, tractor-trailer litigation, constitutional civil rights, police practices, and premises liability claims, among many others. He has aggressively pursued litigation against corporations and others who have injured people negligently or deliberately, obtaining settlements and verdicts in favor of injured and deceased individuals and their families, and he has successfully defended civil cases brought against sheriffs’ deputies, police officers, health care providers, various public officials as well as individuals.
He has been a successful appellate attorney as well, handling in excess of 100 appeals, some on behalf of his own clients and many more at the request of other attorneys who asked for his help in handling appeals. He has served as an appellate attorney in cases in the state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He has been the trial attorney in a myriad of cases, including personal injury, insurance, law enforcement and governmental as well as criminal cases.
He has served as a contributor, author or co-author of more than fifty legal publications, and he has been a lecturer for a vast number of continuing legal education programs. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, The American Association for Justice, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and a number of other professional organizations.
Ronnie Mitchell is committed to the rule of law and to the proper interpretation and application of the Constitution, and he wants to make a difference in our community. He has demonstrated a passion for legal excellence, community service, and judicial fairness.
As The Mitchell Law Group law firm motto says, he works "for justice for everyday people – every day." Ronnie Mitchell has done that for 31 years as an attorney, and he will continue to work "for justice for everyday people – every day" as a Superior Court Judge.