Elena Mitchell helps clients navigate complex litigation matters; internal and government investigations; civil rights, racial equity, and DEI-related reviews and audits; and financial regulatory and compliance issues. She focuses on understanding each client’s objectives in order to develop the right litigation, investigation, review, audit, or compliance strategy.


Elena's practice focuses on complex litigation matters involving a wide variety of business torts, commercial contracts and mortgage loan disputes, estate litigation, and antitrust litigation. Elena regularly practices in state and federal court.

Elena also frequently represents clients in corporate and government investigations and has experience advising companies, government entities, and nonprofits on diversity, equity, and inclusion-related initiatives and conducting related reviews, audits, and investigations. In addition, Elena routinely assists clients with financial regulatory and compliance issues. In 2017, Elena completed a three-month secondment at a U.S.-based global financial institution focusing on financial regulatory matters and, specifically, recovery planning.

Active in pro bono work, Elena supports the firm’s Domestic Violence Project and regularly handles expunction matters for the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy. Additionally, she has handled cases for the International Refugee Assistance Project and the firm’s Human Trafficking Project. Elena also has litigated civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in federal court.

Representative Experience


  • Routinely conducts internal investigations related to employment law matters, including allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as sensitive, confidential, internal reviews for Fortune 100 companies and other organizations relating to civil rights and DEI initiatives and impacts
  • Conducted a racial equity audit of the nation’s largest private operator of correctional, detention, and residential reentry facilities and thereafter published a report detailing the team’s conclusions and recommendations (publicly-available here: CoreCivic Racial Equity Audit Report)
  • Conducted an internal investigation into whistleblower allegations related to advice provided by the legal department of a U.S.-based global financial institution
  • Conducted two separate internal investigations on behalf of a U.S.-based global financial institution relating to alleged auditing irregularities


  • Representing a large, international bank in various class and opt-out actions asserting anti-competitive practices arising from alleged manipulation of foreign exchange markets
  • Representing a U.S.-based global financial institution in litigation involving alleged False Claims Act (FCA) violations
  • Representing clients in will and trust caveats, including ones involving competency and undue influence issues
  • Representing physicians and a physician staffing company in litigation involving numerous private causes of causes related to their alleged retaliatory termination
  • Routinely responds to civil investigative and third-party litigation subpoenas


  • Advising a U.S.-based global financial institution on flood insurance matters
  • Advising two, U.S.-based global financial institutions on recovery and resolution planning
  • Advising a U.S.-based global financial institution on creating Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) legal risk assessments



  • Charlotte Business Journal Power 100 List, 2023
  • Leader Under 40, Community Building Initiative Class 8
  • Co-chair, Moore & Van Allen’s Young Professionals Committee
  • Featured speaker at a CLE for the legal department of a U.S.-based global financial institution for two years in a row on the topic of attorney-client privilege and work product protection
  • Completed a secondment in the legal department of a U.S.-based global financial institution focused on regulatory matters and, specifically, recovery planning
  • Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2022
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2017-2018, 2022-2023


Blogs and Resources

Blog Posts



  • American Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association 
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Women Lawyers of Charlotte (WLC), including serving on WLC’s Board of Directors from 2018 – 2021 as a Co-chair responsible for planning the organization’s annual “Fighting for Women with Fashion” event, which benefits victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County

  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Mecklenburg County Hispanic Latino Lawyers Bar
  • Charlotte Gamecock Club
  • UVA Club of Charlotte




J.D., University of Virginia, 2016, Law Review

B.A., University of South Carolina, 2013, Honors College


  • North Carolina, 2016
  • Virginia, 2024
  • All Federal District Courts in North Carolina, 2016
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2023
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