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William Mills

William S Mills Durham Personal Injury AttorneyWilliam (Bill) S. Mills has held leadership positions and been recognized by many national legal organizations as a civil litigation attorney representing the rights of individuals and families needing a trial attorney.  Bill has been President of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly the NC Academy of Trial Lawyers) and President of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Eastern North Carolina Division and was elected in December, 2012 by his peers in the Fourteenth Judicial District to be a Bar Councilor with the North Carolina State Bar.   In January, 2016 he became Vice Chairman of the State Bar Ethics committee.

NC LitL 2015 Honoree BadgeHe has also been selected, based on merit and experience, by the American Trial Lawyers Association for inclusion in the Top 100 Trial Attorneys for North Carolina; membership in the Litigation Counsel of America; North Carolina’s Legal Elite by Business North Carolina; Best Lawyers in America; North Carolina Super Lawyers; and is Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Litigation.   Bill serves on the University of North Carolina Board of Visitors.

Bill has dedicated himself as a trial attorney and community servant. He has proven his leadership by serving his community and the legal profession in many ways. In addition to being a full time partner at Glenn, Mills, Fisher, & Mahoney P.A., Bill is currently an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of North Carolina School of Law and Senior Law Lecturer in Trial Advocacy at Duke University School of Law.

You can download and review Bill’s full CV.

The following represents some of the positions Bill has held and professional honors received:

  • President of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (1999-2000). (Now known as the North Carolina Advocates for Justice)
  • President 2006-2007 American Board of Trial Advocates, Eastern North Carolina Chapter.
  • Councilor to the NC State Bar, the State Agency that regulates the practice of law.
  • Vice Chairman of the NC State Bar Ethics Committee.
  • Designated as a member of the “Legal Elite” in the area of Litigation by a survey conducted of the entire North Carolina Bar by Business North Carolina, January, 2005.
  • Listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the category of personal injury litigation each year since 2003.
  • Designated as a Super Lawyer in North Carolina by Super Lawyers.
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
  • Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Litigation.
  • Adjunct Professor teaching Trial Advocacy at the University of North Carolina School of Law since 1988.
  • Adjunct Professor UNC School of Law teaching Advanced Trial Advocacy, Spring, 2007and Spring 2009.
  • Senior Law Lecturer at Duke University School of Law, teaching Trial Practice each Spring semester
  • Recipient of the Charles L. Becton Award presented by the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers in June, 2003 for Outstanding Teaching of Trial Advocacy.
  • Member of Board of Governors, Academy of Trial Lawyers (1991-1995).
  • President of the Fourteenth Judicial District Bar (1987-88).
  • President of the Durham County Bar Association (1987-88).
  • Board Member of the Raleigh Durham International Airport Authority as one of two appointees from the City of Durham (1991-93).
  • Faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
  • Founding Chairman of the Fourteenth Judicial District Grievance Committee; responsible for investigating claims against Attorneys before the State Bar (1988-1991).
  • Past Board Member, City of Durham Board of Adjustment.
  • Speaker at various programs of Continuing Legal Education sponsored by The North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Association of Trial Lawyers of America and Wake Forest Law School.
  • Soccer Coach for Community League.
  • Chairman of the Githens Middle School Site Based Decision Making Committee (2000-2002)
  • President of the North Carolina State University Swim and Dive Team’s Parent Association.
  • Past Member of The Board of Directors for the Triangle Land Conservancy.

Notable Articles:

The Admissibility of Expert Witness Opinion Testimony

Contributory Negligence

Problems Unique to Medical Negligence litigation (not currently available)

Asserting and Overcoming Privileges During Discovery

Settlement of Claims Involving Minors and Incompetents

Legal Ethics and Legal issues unique to Severe Brain Injury cases (not currently available)

Direct examination of economist on Loss of Future Income (not currently available)

Making and Meeting Objections at Trial (not currently available)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (not currently available)

How to Obtain Witness Statements from the Office of Risk Management in Medical Negligence Actions Against Hospitals – (PDF Format)

Opening Statements

Initial Intake, Investigation and Evaluation of a Civil Case (not currently available)

Appellate Procedure; How, What and When (not currently available)

Causation

Malpractice Avoidance and Repair (not currently available)

Overcoming the Work Product Privilege Objection (not currently available)

Trial Techniques for proving Damages (not currently available)

Proving Causation in Professional Negligence

Hot Issues: Personal Injury Cases (not currently available)

Summation (not currently available)

Client Testimonials

“I very much enjoyed meeting and working with Bill Mills on a fairly difficult and complicated matter. He showed a tremendous amount of sensitivity, understanding, compassion and patience during the times that we really needed it. Bill was very knowledgeable, confident, and resourceful. He was also extremely thorough, open, honest, and persistent in his efforts. Bill did not leave any stone unturned which made it possible for us to have a successful outcome. I highly recommend using Bill Mills and his firm.”

- Robert James

“Bill Mills is a fantastic trial attorney and the consummate professional. He is a tireless advocate, always well prepared, and genuinely cares about each and every client. I have had the privilege to co-counsel with Bill on two major cases, both of which resulted in excellent recoveries for our clients. Bill is a delightful person and a  pleasure to work with. I look forward to our next case together.”

- Irv Cantor, Attorney in Richmond, Va.

“I came to Glenn, Mills, Fisher, and Mahoney with an extremely difficult legal dilemma that seemed impossible to resolve fairly and favorably. I was completely floored–and relieved beyond belief–when Carlos Mahoney called the next day to let me know that he had found a way out of the morass. It was a brilliant solution. Mahoney and his assistant made a truly awful situation much easier to deal with because of the integrity which they brought to the work. They answered all my questions promptly. They never dropped the ball, and were always up to date on the issues when I called, which was no small feat, since the matter had many moving parts and extended over several years. Through it all, Mahoney offered truly wise counsel, making sure that my emotions did not get in the way of my interests. He also guided the case toward a conclusion that was far better than I ever hoped or imagined. I cannot recommend the firm more highly.”

- Laura Edwards