Mitchell E. Zamoff
- Associate Clinical Professor of Law
- Litigation Program Director
- Co-Director of Law in Practice
Professor Mitchell E. Zamoff is the director of the law school’s litigation program, chair of the civil litigation concentration, and co-director of the law in practice program. He teaches civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, evidence, evidence drafting, and law in practice. He is a recipient of the Kinyon Teacher of the Year award. A member of the Council of the American Arbitration Association, Zamoff also serves as an arbitrator and mediator.
Prior to joining the faculty on a full-time basis in 2017, Zamoff was a litigation partner at the international law firm of Hogan Lovells and co-founder of the firm’s Minneapolis office. His law practice focused on class action and complex litigation, arbitration and mediation, and government investigations and enforcement actions.
Zamoff is also the former executive vice president and general counsel of UnitedHealth Group (UHG), a Fortune 10 healthcare company based in the Twin Cities, and the former executive vice president and chief legal officer of its health benefits business, UnitedHealthcare. Zamoff was recognized by Corporate Board Member as one of the “Top 10 GCs to Watch” in America during his tenure at UHG.
Earlier in his career, Zamoff was an assistant U.S. attorney in Philadelphia, prosecuting financial institution fraud, money laundering, and other criminal offenses on behalf of the Department of Justice. He served as deputy chief of the Firearms Unit during the rollout of the gun violence prevention program Operation Ceasefire.
Zamoff has been recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the nation by the Guide to the Leading U.S. Litigation Lawyers, named one of the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” in Washington, D.C., by Washingtonian magazine (prior to relocating to the Twin Cities), and nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers for Public Justice for his work in connection with the widely reported Tulia, Texas, civil rights lawsuits.
Zamoff is active in the community service arena in the Twin Cities. He is a director of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, a prior chair of the board of the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, and prior co-chair of the board of the Conflict Resolution Center of Minnesota.
Zamoff completed his B.A. in American government and his J.D. (Order of the Coif) at the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review and moot court champion. He serves on the national selection committee for the University of Virginia Jefferson Scholars Program.
For further information, please consult Professor Zamoff’s curriculum vitae.
Law In Practice Student Instructor
Determining the Perspective of a Reasonable Police Officer: An Evidence-Based Proposal,” 65 Villanova Law Review (forthcoming 2020)
- Who Watches the Watchmen: Evidence of the Effect of Body-Worn Cameras on New York City Policing (under publication review) (2020)
Assessing the Impact of Police Body Camera Evidence on the Litigation of Excessive Force Cases, 54 Georgia Law Review 1 (2019) (reviewed in Mary Fan, Does Video Evidence Make A Difference in Excessive Force Cases?, JOTWELL: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots) (2020))