Since being admitted to The Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court of Middle District of Florida in 1998, Mitch’s legal resume has many impressive accomplishments. Most notably, Mitch argued before the Florida Supreme Court in 2005. He has also been lead counsel in dozens of jury and bench trials as a trial lawyer, and he has been honored by the publication of several trial verdicts and appellate cases. Mitch is fluent in Spanish, an ability especially well served in Florida. He was born in Evanston, Illinois, then moved to Guatemala with his mother and siblings at age five, during which time he honed his second language. Mitch lived in Guatemala until relocating to the Tampa Bay area.
Mitch has remained in Florida ever since, and attended the University of Florida earning a bachelor’s degree in 1993. He also participated in UF’s Post-Baccalaureate Studies Program until 1995. Following his studies at the University of Florida, Mitch obtained his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 1998. While in law school, he was a member of the Stetson’s National Championship Trial Team, and also participated in national competitions as a member of Stetson’s National Moot Court Board. In his final year at Stetson Law School, Mitch was elected by his peers to serve as Stetson’s Chief Honor Court Attorney. Additionally, Mitch was employed by Stetson as a Teaching Fellow responsible for teaching first year law students research, writing and oral advocacy skills.
After graduating from Stetson University College of Law in 1998, Mitch spent two years working in the Orlando office of George Hartz P.A. In 2000, he joined Smith, Clark, Delesie, Bierley, Mueller & Kadyk in Tampa, where he was a shareholder until becoming a founding partner at Kadyk Delesie & Espat P.A. in March 2008. Mitch joined Matt Powell in 2011 and formed Powell & Espat.
In addition to his passion for the law, Mitch devotes much of his personal time to helping animals, shelters and animal assistance organizations. He also fosters abandoned and rescued animals in need of a home.