Elena Mitchell helps clients navigate complex litigation matters, government and corporate investigations, and financial regulatory and compliance issues. She focuses on understanding each client’s objectives in order to develop the right litigation, investigation, or compliance strategy.


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

Elena also frequently represents clients in government and corporate investigations and assists clients with financial regulatory and compliance issues including flood insurance matters, Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (“CCAR”) exercises, and recovery and resolution planning. 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 and Human Trafficking Pro Bono Projects. Elena has handled cases for Legal Aid of North Carolina (now the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy) and for the International Refugee Assistance Project. She 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
  • 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 consumer antitrust class actions related to foreign exchange market conduct
  • Representing physicians and a physician staffing company in litigation involving numerous private causes of causes related to their alleged retaliatory termination
  • Representing clients in will and trust caveats, including ones involving competency and undue influence issues
  • 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 legal risk assessments for CCAR



  • Leader Under 40, Community Building Initiative Class 8
  • Member, Moore & Van Allen’s Young Professionals Sub-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
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2017-2018


Blogs and Resources

Blog Posts



  • American Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association 
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Board of Directors, Women Lawyers of Charlotte, 2018 – 2021
  • 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
  • All Federal District Courts in North Carolina, 2016
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016
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