Mitchell S. Roth
Mitchell S. Roth, Managing Partner and shareholder at Much Shelist, is an accomplished attorney with more than 25 years of experience advising entrepreneurs, owners, investors and C-suite executives at large public and privately held companies. He serves as outside “general counsel” for many of the firm’s largest clients who value Mitchell’s understanding and experience in the negotiation of complex transactions involving sophisticated tax strategies, corporate governance and succession planning. Mitchell has negotiated and structured joint ventures, public and private mergers and acquisitions, syndications, commercial lending transactions, management buyouts, equity or debt financings, and private placements valued in the billions of dollars. His clients are leaders in manufacturing, distribution, investment banking, private equity, financial services, real estate development, technology and other industries.
Mitchell joined Much Shelist’s Management Committee in 2004 and was instrumental in a successful transition of firm governance from the founders to the next generation of leadership. After serving on the Management Committee for nearly a decade, Mitchell was named Much Shelist’s Managing Partner in June, 2012. In that role, he is responsible for the firm’s long-term direction and overall growth, which includes building and implementing the firm’s strategic vision, preserving the firm’s unique client-centric and employee-focused culture, and overseeing the firm’s day-to-day operations. He also plays a vital role in the expansion of the firm’s service offerings and client base.
In leading the firm and advising his clients, Mitchell draws on his own significant experience as an entrepreneur and business leader, having served as an officer, director and owner of a successful national home warranty company. A certified public accountant, he also worked in the tax services area of KPMG Peat Marwick and in the audit department of Arthur Andersen's London office prior to beginning his legal practice.
IN THE PROFESSION
Mitchell is an active member and leader of numerous business and legal organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. He is former chair of the Tax Law Committee of the CBA's Young Lawyers Division. He is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, the Chicago Business Forum, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society, and the advisory board of the Managing Partner Forum.
Mitchell has been recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network as a top Illinois lawyer in the area of closely and privately held business law since 2008. More than a decade ago, Mitchell was also selected by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch."
Mitchell is a regular speaker on corporate and tax issues at conferences and seminars sponsored by business, industry and legal organizations such as Thomson Reuters, and has been quoted in publications such as Corporate Counsel and Inside Counsel. He is also the author of the quarterly column, “View from a Midsize Firm,” which is published in Chicago Lawyer and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
IN THE COMMUNITY
Mitchell has long been a supporter of civic and charitable causes in metropolitan Chicago and beyond, and has made social responsibility and philanthropy two of the firm’s highest commitments. The firm was recognized by the Public Interest Law Initiative for its substantial pro bono contributions in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Through his family's private foundation, the Allen H. Roth Family Foundation, Mitchell and his family contribute to numerous children's charities, the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, programs for the developmentally disabled, and summer camps for underprivileged children.
Together with several other members of the Management Committee who are also University of Illinois alumni, Mitchell created the Much Shelist Scholarships. These merit-based financial grants are awarded each year to two University of Illinois College of Business students.
University of Illinois College of Law
J.D., cum laude, 1992
University of Illinois
B.S., magna cum laude, 1989
Certified Public Accountant
Mitchell is admitted to practice in Illinois.