Senator George J. Mitchell of DLA Piper named a “2012 Lifetime Achiever” by The American Lawyer
14 Sep 2012
Senator George J. Mitchell, chairman emeritus of DLA Piper, has been named a “2012 Lifetime Achiever” by The American Lawyer, recognizing his distinguished career in public service and private practice. The “2012 Lifetime Achievers” are featured in the September issue of The American Lawyer and will be honored at the magazine’s annual awards celebration in New York City on October 24
Senator Mitchell, the former US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace under the Obama administration, former Senate Majority Leader, and former chairman of the board of directors of the Walt Disney Company, has numerous successes with special government assignments and in the private sector.
Highlighted by The American Lawyer was Senator Mitchell’s role as the independent chairman of the Northern Ireland Peace Talks, which resulted in the Good Friday Agreement, a historic accord ending decades of conflict. For his service in Northern Ireland, he received numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the US government; the Philadelphia Liberty Medal; the Truman Institute Peace Prize; and the United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize.
In 2000 and 2001, at the request of President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Senator Mitchell served as chairman of an International Fact-Finding Committee on violence in the Middle East. The Committee's recommendation, widely known as “The Mitchell Report,” was endorsed by the Bush administration, the European Union and by many other governments.
In 2006 and 2007, Senator Mitchell led the investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. He also served as chairman of the Special Commission Investigating Allegations of Impropriety in the Bidding Process for the Olympic Games and was the independent overseer of the American Red Cross Liberty Fund, which provided relief for September 11 attack victims and their families.
In 2008, TIME magazine named Senator Mitchell one of the 100 most influential persons in the world. He has served on the board of directors of the Boston Red Sox and as director of several companies, including Federal Express, Xerox, Staples, Unilever and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. He also served for 10 years as the chancellor of Queen’s University of Northern Ireland, as president of the Economic Club of Washington, and as chairman of the International Crisis Group.
Since returning to DLA Piper in 2011, Senator Mitchell has worked with firm leaders on global client development and management, as well as important strategic initiatives such as succession planning. He also advises on significant arbitration and mediation projects. He previously served as partner and chairman of the Global Board of DLA Piper from 2003 through 2008.