Mitchell S. Ettinger
Government Enforcement Defense and Complex Civil Litigation
Mitchell S. Ettinger leads Skadden’s Washington, D.C. office. He is a member of the firm’s Government Enforcement Litigation Group and the criminal and civil litigation practice. Mr. Ettinger served as co-chair of the D.C. Litigation Group from 2009-2014. For more than 25 years, he has represented corporations and individuals in connection with federal and state grand jury investigations, complex civil litigation and matters before administrative agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a former chief prosecutor for the United States Air Force in England and now as defense counsel, Mr. Ettinger has extensive trial experience in a wide variety of matters, and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. While a judge advocate, Mr. Ettinger was the chief prosecutor for eight Air Force bases located in England and was responsible for handling felony trials throughout the European circuit. In this capacity, he tried numerous jury trials, including a capital murder case.
Mr. Ettinger has been involved in many high-profile matters, including representing Rosetta Stone in its trademark infringement suit against Google. The company’s suit claimed that Google’s AdWords advertising program and conduct infringed Rosetta Stone’s trademarks, resulting in consumer confusion and contributing to software counterfeiting problems. The case, which was settled in October 2012, was highlighted in the 2012 Financial Times “US Innovative Lawyers” report. He also successfully defended Robert A. Altman in a jury trial arising from criminal charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in connection with the Bank of Credit and Commerce International affair, and he served as an integral member of the defense team that represented President Clinton in connection with the sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Paula Jones.
Mr. Ettinger’s scientific educational background has enabled him to develop particular skill in False Claims Act and qui tam actions. For example, he represented The Boeing Company in connection with a hotly contested qui tam action in which the government intervened regarding allegations that certain CH-47(D) Chinook helicopters sold to the Army contained defective transmission gears. Similarly, he successfully defended Koch Industries in connection with a multidistrict qui tam litigation involving allegations of natural gas mismeasurement from federal lands. He successfully defended Amerigroup Corporation and DeVry, Inc. in connection with False Claims Act allegations, obtaining dismissal of the actions on motions to dismiss.
Mr. Ettinger also conducts internal investigations for the purpose of defending against criminal allegations, Securities and Exchange Commission investigations and suspension and debarment proceedings. He has extensive experience in areas involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care fraud, procurement fraud and alleged violations of federal and state conflict of interest provisions, in matters involving simultaneous criminal, civil, administrative and congressional proceedings.
Mr. Ettinger has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America. He lectures on False Claims Act and FCPA issues, corporate compliance best practices and white collar defense techniques.
LL.B., Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, 1983
B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1980
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Judge Advocate, United States Air Force (1984-1988)