Mitchell Breit is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy. With a legal career spanning 40 years, Mr. Breit’s practice is focused on consumer class actions and mass torts of national scope. Of note, he was actively involved in the multidistrict litigation concerning the BP Gulf Oil Spill, as well as the multidistrict litigation concerning Toyota Unintended Acceleration.

Mr. Breit was instrumental in settling a seminal case against Bank of America involving debit card overdraft fees. In addition, he was one of the lead counsel in settlements of environmental class actions against Honeywell, Inc. involving contamination of properties in the vicinity of a manufacturing facility in Tampa, Florida, and recently against Conoco involving contamination of properties in Pensacola, Florida.

Mr. Breit also litigates cases involving defective medical and pharmaceutical products. He served on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the ReNu MoistureLoc® litigation (In re: Bausch & Lomb, Inc. Contact Lens Solution Products Liability Litigation-MDL 1785) and as Liaison Counsel in New York State consolidated Bextra-Celebrex litigation.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Breit was class co-counsel in groundwater contamination litigation in the Southern District of New York involving the gasoline additive MTBE and was co-counsel in union health and welfare fund tobacco litigation, which included multiple class actions in numerous jurisdictions.

Mr. Breit has been a frequent panelist at national litigation conferences involving toxic and mass torts, class actions and groundwater contamination, including Mealey’s, HarrisMartin, Practicing Law Institute and multiple bar association conferences.

Mr. Breit received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles in 1979. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia, multiple federal courts, and the U. S. Supreme Court.

Pending Class Actions

  • Reichardt et al v. Electrolux Home Products – defective residential electrical and gas oven ranges
  • Stewart v. Electrolux Home Products – defective residential electric ovens
  • Bianchi et al v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc. – defective built-in-door refrigerator icemaker
  • Elfaridi et al v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC – defective panoramic sunroofs
  • Johnson v. Nissan North America, Inc. et al – defective panoramic sunroofs
  • Beaty et al v. Ford Motor Company; Anderson v. Ford Motor Company – defective panoramic sunroofs
  • Malizia et al v. FCA US LLC; Williams et al v. FCA US LLC – engine manufacturing defect causing heating and cooling systems to fail
  • In Re: Dollar General Corp. Motor Oil Marketing and Sales Practice Litigation – sale of obsolete motor oil
  • Davidson et al v. Apple, Inc. – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus touchscreen defect
  • Meek v. Skywest, Inc. et al – ramp agent wage and hour claims

Representative Cases

  • Country Breeze Ventures, LLC v. Jordan Outdoor Enterprises LTD., et ano. – breach of contract, fraudulent inducement and tortious interference with business
  • Ligia Pires v. The Bowery Presents LLC – consumer class action on behalf of concert ticket purchasers for defendant’s violations of New York’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Law
  • Stevenson v. Mazda – consumer class action for defective variable valve timing in defendants’ vehicles
  • Thomas v. ConocoPhillips, Inc., Circuit Court, Escambia County, Florida – class action settlement involving homeowners’ diminution in value claims as a result of contamination plume emanating from defendants’ facilities in Pensacola
  • Closson v. Bank of America, Superior Court, San Francisco – $35 million class settlement involving overdraft fees
  • Jones v. Honeywell, Circuit Court, Hillsborough County, Florida – settlement of class action involving homeowners’ diminution in value claims as a result of contamination emanating from former Honeywell facility in Tampa
  • In re: Bausch & Lomb, Inc. Contact Lens Solution Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1785 – Member, Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee
  • In re Bextra and Celebrex Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation – New York State Court Liaison Counsel

Practice Areas:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Protection
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Mass Torts & Class Actions

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • New York, 1990
  • New Jersey, 1989
  • Virginia, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Mitchell Breit

Rated by Super Lawyers

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  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2011-2019
  • Best Lawyers: “Best Lawyers in America,” 2018-2021, in the area of Plaintiffs’ Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions


  • “New Jersey Mass Torts & Class Action Treatise,” Chapter 6: New Jersey Class Actions. Co-Author, with principal author Andrea Bierstein (2015)
  • The Beat Goes On, Trial Magazine 16 (June 2010)
  • Charting the Course in Medical Preemption, Trial Magazine 28 (September 2013)

Speaking Engagements:


  • Cambridge Plaintiffs’ Forum on Mass Tort Litigation, Naples, Florida, 2017
  • LexisNexis Wall Street Forum, Mass Tort Litigation, New York, 2005
  • Mealey’s Toxic Tort Litigation Conference, Boston, 2002


  • HarrisMartin Antitrust Pay-for-Delay Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, 2014
  • HarrisMartin Publishing MDL Conference, Portland, Maine 2013;
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, New York, 2009
  • Eighth Annual Class Action Litigation Conference, Bridgeport Continuing Education, San Francisco, 2009;
  • Practicing Law Institute Consumer Financial Services Litigation, New York and Chicago, 2006, 2009;
  • ATLA Heart Device Litigation Conference, Las Vegas, 2005;
  • Colorado Bar Association Pharmaceutical Torts, Denver, 2005;
  • Mealey’s Zyprexa Litigation Conference, Pasadena, 2004;
  • Water Contamination Conference, Pasadena, 2004;
  • Fen-Phen Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, 2002;
  • MTBE Litigation Conference, Pasadena, 2001.

Representative Experience:


  • Brooklyn Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Board Member, North Carolina Outward Bound School
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, former member of the Art Law Committee, the Committee of State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, Committee on Federal Legislation Committee on the Judiciary, and Committee on Products Liability)
  • Federal Bar Council, former member. Until 2013, member of its American Inn of Court (Master) chapter
  • American Association for Justice
  • Public Justice, Board Member (2019-2020)


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972
  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, 1979