Mitchell Zamoff

Mitchell E. Zamoff

  • Assistant Dean of Experiential Education
  • J. Stewart and Mario Thomas McClendon Professor in Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Clinical Professor of Law
N210 Mondale Hall


  • University of Virginia, B.A., J.D.


  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Practice
  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
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Mitchell E. Zamoff is the Assistant Dean of Experiential Education and the J. Stewart and Mario Thomas McClendon Professor in Law and Dispute Resolution. He teaches alternative dispute resolution (ADR), civil procedure, evidence, evidence drafting, Law in Practice, and Introduction to American Law (a course offered to undergraduate and non-law graduate students). Zamoff is a two-time recipient of the Kinyon Teacher of the Year award.

Zamoff is a leader in the ADR community. He is a highly regarded neutral who arbitrates and mediates disputes across the nation. He is a former member of the American Arbitration Association’s Board of Directors, Leadership Council, and Healthcare Advisory Council. He founded and co-directed the Law School’s Community Mediation Clinic and served as co-chair of the Board of Directors of Conflict Resolution Center of Minnesota. Zamoff frequently presents and writes about issues relating to arbitration law and practice. His recent article about arbitral social media disclosures was honored as Best Scholarly Article of 2023 by the ADR Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Prior to joining the faculty on a full-time basis, 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 Cease Fire.

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 also serves as a hearing chair for the University of Minnesota Sexual Misconduct Hearing Committee and a member of the Campus Committee on Student Behavior.

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.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Civil Procedure

Introduction to American Law and Legal Reasoning

Journal Articles

"Criminalizing" Depositions in Arbitration, 108 Minnesota Law Review 2437 (2024)
Proposed Guidelines for Arbitral Disclosure of Social Media Activity, 23 Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 1 (2022)
Leslie Bellwood
Safeguarding Confidential Arbitration Awards in Uncontested Confirmation Actions, 59 American Business Law Journal 505 (2022)
Who Watches the Watchmen: Evidence of the Effect of Body-Worn Cameras on New York City Policing, 38  Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 161 (2022) 
Brad N. Greenwood
Gordon Burtch
Determining the Perspective of a Reasonable Police Officer: An Evidence-Based Proposal, 65 Villanova Law Review 585 (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))