A. Ben Mitchell has been practicing law in Southern Illinois for more than 40 years. His many achievements highlight his record of success: Mr. Mitchell received an AV-Rating® from Martindale-Hubbell's® Peer Review Ratings™, garnering the respect of attorneys he has worked with and against, judges, and other legal professionals. As such, Mr. Mitchell is also listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™, an honor bestowed on only five percent of lawyers in America.

Furthermore, Mr. Mitchell has been chosen as one of the attorneys listed in the Leading Lawyers Network, a group of recommended lawyers in Illinois by a statewide survey. Click here to access A. Ben Mitchell's profile on the Leading Lawyers Network. Crain's Chicago Business Top Lawyers also lists Mr. Mitchell as a preeminent attorney in Illinois.

Practice areas

  • Commercial law
  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate law
  • Oil and gas law
  • Real estate
  • Trust law
  • Wills
  • Estate planning
  • Trust administration
  • Probate


  • 1966, Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


  • University of Illinois, J.D., 1966
  • University of Tulsa, B.S. in Business Administration, 1963


  • 'Plugging Responsibilities: The Deep Pocket Theory,' 9th Eastern Mineral Law Institute, 1989
  • 'Responsibilities Attendant to Well Abandonment,' Eastern Mineral Law Special Institute, 1991
  • 'Well Plugging Abandonment & Restoration,' IOGA, 1996
  • 'Well Plugging Responsibilities,' Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission, 2002
  • Co-author, 'Release, Abandonment, and Plugging,' IICLE Mineral Law, 1994


  • Jefferson County Bar Association
    • President, 1970–1971
  • Central Federal District of Illinois
  • Southern Federal District of Illinois
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Member, 1968–1971
    • Agricultural Law Committee Member, 1983–1991
    • Oil and Gas Securities Sub-Committee, Securities Advisory, 1987–1993
  • American Bar Association
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
  • Illinois Oil and Gas Association (Director, 2000–2003)
  • Jefferson County Development Corporation, Financial Partner