About William R. Mitchell

Bill has had a long-standing interest and involvement in good government issues, primarily in Orange County.  His most recent effort was as a sponsor and co-author of Orange County Campaign Finance and Ethics Commission Ordinance approved by the voters in 2016.  The purpose of the Ethics Commission is to provide oversight and enforcement of the County Campaign Reform Ordinance, Lobby Registration and Reporting Ordinance, the Gift Ban Ordinance and portions of the County Code of Ethics.

Bill’s involvement as an advocate of good government interest commenced in the early 1990’s when he served as Chair of Orange County Common Cause.  He also served on the State Board of California Common Cause.  While associated in Orange County Common Cause, he met Shirley Grindle, a long-time good government advocate and author of the TINCUP Campaign Finance Ordinance.  Together, Shirley and Bill authored the County’s Gift Ban Ordinance and Code of Ethics and Commitment to Public Service.  The Orange County Gift Ban Ordinance is the most stringent limitation on gifts to public officials in California.

Following the filing for bankruptcy by Orange County in 1994, Bill was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve on the Government Practices Oversight Commission, which was a commission, of prominent County residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

Bill has also been a long-time critic of embattled Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.  District Attorney Rackauckas has been the subject of multiple scandals and lapses of competing and ethics.  The most recent issue involved his mishandling of the Scott Dekraai murder case and the infamous snitch-scandal.

Professionally, Bill is a business, contract and corporate lawyer that represents small business owners, usually serving as their outside general counsel, and entrepreneurs.  He combines the skills and experience of a business lawyer, the genuine interest in a client’s business, and a keen intellect and fierce determination to resolve the client’s legal issues.  Bill does this in a responsive, cost-effective and professional manner. After years of working in law firms, he now is a sole practitioner.

Bill attended the University of Southern California and received his law degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

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William R. Mitchell