Veena Mitchell focuses her practice on commercial and complex tort litigation, professional liability and insurance coverage. She has practiced insurance law for virtually her entire legal career, and now represents major insurance carriers insuring media and entertainment entities. She has also specialized in directors and officers insurance, errors and omissions coverage and other commercial insurance concerns. In addition, she has devoted a large portion of her practice to the defense of professional liability claims on behalf of real estate, legal and insurance professionals.
Prior to joining Sedgwick, she served as deputy county counsel for the County of Sonoma and other public entities. In that role, she prosecuted building and zoning code violations and handled environmental, construction, public works and water and land use matters.
In addition to her public law practice, Veena was a litigator at the law firms of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin and Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, where she focused her practice on real estate, products liability and insurance coverage. She began her career interning for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Torts Branch.
Veena has tried civil cases to verdict and has represented clients in arbitrations and mediations. She has achieved the dismissal of many cases via motions for summary judgment and motions to dismiss.
In 1999, she was appointed by the State Bar of California to serve for three-year terms on its Women in Law Committee and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. In that role, she presented on the subject of elimination of bias in the legal profession, at continuing education programs for lawyers and at panel discussions at California law schools. She has also taught law school courses on legal research and writing.
Veena has regularly volunteered as an arbitrator (1996-present), as well as served the Sonoma County Superior Court (1996-present) and the San Francisco Superior Court (2004-present). She has received several “Volunteer of the Year” awards from the Sonoma County Bar Association for work over the course of 20 years with the Sonoma County Superior Court Temporary Judge program. She also volunteers her time for presentations to the community on “Teens and the Law,” endeavoring to take the mystery out of the legal system for teenagers and their parents and to offer insight on matters of criminal and civil law.
- Favorable resolution on behalf of a large insurer of a complex coverage dispute with potential exposure of $5 billion.
- Representation of insurers in numerous other coverage and bad faith disputes on environmental and professional liability claims.
- Dismissal of real estate brokers and agents in actions alleging failure to disclose and breach of contract.
- Favorable resolution of insurance agency in action claiming fraud and breach of fiduciary duties.
- Defense of law firm and attorney in action claiming legal malpractice.
- Representation of clients in all manner of condemnation proceedings, including successful handling of motions for possession in furtherance of condemnation proceedings.
- 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.)
- U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal.)
- U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.)
- U.S. District Court (S.D. Cal.)
- J.D. (1992) University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
- B.A. (1988) University of California, Berkeley
- (1988) American University, Washington College of Law
Memberships and Affiliations
- Judicial Arbitrator (1996-present).
- Real Estate Broker license by the California Bureau of Real Estate (2008-present)
- Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association
- Indo American Chamber of Commerce
- South Asian Bar Association
- Asian American Bar Association