David W. Mitchell

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David W. Mitchell


60 South Market Street, Suite 1400
San Jose, CA 95113

408-947-2495 | 408-287-2583

David W. Mitchell

Main Bio

Practice Overview

David W. Mitchell has over 50 years of experience in tax law, business law, real estate law, and estate planning. He has formed and advised numerous nonprofit organizations and assisted as a tax attorney in substantial charitable giving transactions. Mr. Mitchell’s estate planning and administration practice emphasizes planning for large estates, family wealth and succession planning and complex tax planning (both pre- and post-death). His tax and business practice involves assisting businesses and corporations with mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, and S corporation and partnership issues. His personal specialty is helping individual trustees implement complicated tax/business and charitable strategies, particularly those involving significant real estate holdings.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude
  • A.B., Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa


  • California
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • United States Supreme Court

Affiliation & Awards

Professional Activities

David was a member of the Tax Section and the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and has been an active member of the Tax Section’s Real Estate Committee, Partnership Committee and Estate and Gift Tax Committee.

David is very active in Silicon Valley. He has served on the board of Community Foundation Silicon Valley, the board of Peninsula Open Space Trust, and is a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum. He has also served as a board member of the Metropolitan San Jose Chamber of Commerce and, from 1983-85, was Chair of the Board of United Way of Santa Clara County, and is the president of the Palo Alto Community Fund.

Mackrell International California Minority Counsel Program Bay Area Green Business