Jon Mitchell “Mitch” Jackson is a senior partner and founding attorney of Jackson & Wilson He has represented clients in the Orange County area for over 30 years, and he is committed to providing the trustworthy and skilled legal representation people need during the most difficult times of their lives – after a serious accident or the loss of a loved one. He has met with considerable success in this endeavor, recovering millions on behalf of the injured, including numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts.
Mitch was born in Tucson, Arizona. His parents owned and operated the Saddle and Surrey Guest Ranch, an internationally-known resort destination.
At the ranch, Mitch’s parents entertained guests from across the globe, including Walt Disney, John Wayne, 60 Minutes commentator Morley Safer, and tennis stars Poncho Gonzales and Rod Laver.
Mitch’s family was active in promoting tourism in Arizona. His mother was featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine and his father served the community by being involved with numerous local and national organizations such as Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and most of the major Travel Associations.
Mitch grew up riding horses, hunting, and fishing. In high school, his interest gravitated to motocross, scuba diving in the Sea of Cortez, playing football and baseball, and competing as a ranked Arizona tennis player throughout Arizona and California.
After high school, Mitch attended the University of Arizona and studied civil engineering for two years. His internal passion for business and marketing eventually led to Mitch transferring over to the business school and graduating with a degree in business administration. During college, Mitch paid the bills by waiting tables and tending bar at the ranch. On the weekends, he earned his expert hang gliding pilot rating and spent most of his time flying high above most of the mountains in Southern Arizona.
After graduating in 1980, Mitch took a front desk management position at Caesars in Lake Tahoe, California. After meeting and getting to know several local lawyers on the ski slopes, Mitch’s interest began to change and soon law school became his calling.
Mitch attended and put himself through Western State School of Law and during this time, he clerked for many different lawyers and firms. He found his passion when he started working as a law clerk for a personal injury lawyer. It was then that Mitch knew that he wanted to use the law to help and protect injured consumers and their families for the remainder of his legal career.
Contact Mitch today by calling our offices at (800) 661-7044.
Mitch was admitted to the California Bar in 1986 and immediately opened up his own practice, representing victims of personal injury and wrongful death. Mitch and Lisa combined forces in 1988 and haven’t looked back. Three decades later they have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of people and their families.
In 2009, Mitch was named an Orange County “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. In 2011, Mitch was again nominated for OCTLA “Trial Lawyer of the Year” and also nominated for the Consumer Attorneys of California for the “CAOC Street Fighter of the Year” award.
In 2013, Mitch received the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award for litigation. According to California Lawyer Magazine, the CLAY Award recognizes attorneys who have changed the law, substantially influenced public policy or the profession, or achieved a remarkable victory for a client or for the public and have made a profound impact on the law.
Mitch’s firm is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, an exclusive listing reserved for less than 5% of all distinguished law practices in the United States. Several earlier recognitions include Mitch being named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list and an ability rating of 10.0 or Superb by the AVVO lawyer rating system.
Mitch enjoys helping people and that’s why he became a trial lawyer. Over the past 26+ years, he has obtained numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. He is also a multiple-time member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (membership limited to those attorneys having obtained million dollar plus verdicts and settlements). In his spare time, he has served as a Judge Pro Tem, an arbitrator with the Orange County Superior Court, and an attorney fee mediator with the Orange County Bar Association.
When not trying cases, Mitch enjoys sharing trial practice tips and ethics with younger lawyers across the U.S. He is active with the local and national legal community including the Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and National Trial Lawyers Association.
Outside of the courtroom, Mitch enjoys family, friends, and coaching youth sports. As a fourth-generation Rotarian, Mitch also serves his community through Rotary International (Past Club President 94-95; Past Assist District Governor).
Mitch has been married to his wife and law partner, Lisa Wilson, for 30 years and together they have two wonderful and energetic children.
Past/Present Activities, Organizations & Recognitions
- 2013 California Lawyers Attorneys of the Year (CLAY Award- Litigation)
- 2009 Orange County Trial Lawyer of the Year
- Southern California Super Lawyer (annually)
- “AV” Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (top rating in ethics and ability)
- Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (less than 5% of all firms)
- AVVO “Superb” 10.0/10 rating
- Mitch consulted with Continuing Education of the California State Bar (CEB) Attorney Editors, Julie Brook and Jon Heywood, re “Effective Introduction of Evidence in California- Chapter 54 Electronic and Social Media Evidence.”
- Nominated: Consumer Attorneys of California for the “CAOC Street Fighter of the Year” award (2011)
- Nominated: California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award (2012)
- Law Dragon- “Top Rating”
- Judge Pro Tempore- Orange County Superior Court
- Appointed Arbitrator- Orange County Bar Association
- Appointed Arbitrator- Orange County Superior Court
- Private Arbitrator and Mediator
- Orange County Bar Association
- Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
- American Association for Justice
- The National Trial Lawyers (composed of The Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state)
- California State Bar Association (Business, Tort and Litigation)
American Bar Association (Business, Tort, Criminal, Litigation, Real
Property, Probate and Trust Law- Asset Protection Planning Sections)
- Consumer Attorneys of California
- LinkedOC Advisory Board Member
- Multiple time member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (obtained multiple verdicts and settlements in excess of $1,000,000)
- Successfully passed written exam offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) for Trial Attorney Certification (qualifications- extensive trial experience, formal recommendation by numerous opposing trial counsel and trial judges)
- Past President of Monarch Beach Rotary Club and Paul Harris Fellow. Mitch has also served as an Assistant District Rotary Governor for Rotary District 5320. In 2010, he was nominated by his club for the award of “Business Rotarian of the Year”
- Daily Journal Profile- Mr. Jackson’s litigation talents, techniques and wrongful death trial verdict profiled in the July 28, 1995, edition of the California Daily Journal
- Admitted to the California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Court and Central District of California.