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Robert Mills


Robert Mills graduated from Virginia Military Institute with Honors in English and from Washington and Lee School of Law. Now retired, his career in Trial Practice and Civil Litigation extended over 4 decades and he has obtained multiple million-dollar verdicts in various states.  He has appeared on many occasions as Appellate Counsel before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, advocating for both individuals, corporations and even the Commonwealth of Virginia in cases that have had a lasting impact on important legal issues including: Sovereign Immunity (Hinchey v. Ogden) Medical Damages (Walters v. Littleton) Evidence of Post-Accident Remedial Measures (Holcomb v. Nations Bank) and Expanded Coverage for Uninsured Motorists (Slade v. Hartford Insurance) to name only a few.  He has long been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Litigation and has held the highest rating (AV) in legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell since 2004.  He held the record for the highest Wrongful Death verdict in Virginia and has tried cases across many areas and disciplines including, Maritime, Railroad, Automobile, Product Defects, Medical Negligence and Police Misconduct. His outside interests include scuba diving, underwater photography and video, tennis, travel, music and languages, and conducting pre-trial focus groups. 

Team Mills
Christine Palmer
Christine Palmer
Client Services Manager
Jennifer Jaeckle
Jennifer Jaeckle
Medical Specialist
Tedi Chiara
Tedi Chiara
Prelitigation Manager

BA, Virginia Military Institute – with Honors

JD, Washington and Lee University School of Law

Awards & Recognition

A/V (Pre-eminent) rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Life Member of Trial Masters 2014
Virginia Super Lawyer
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Best Attorneys in Virginia
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The American Trial Lawyers Association

“People who work hard every day to make a living do not have lobbyists. They do not have corporate jets or millions to give away to people in power. What they have is us — and if we fail them there is no one standing behind us with their best interests at heart. With each case that we accept we agree to risk our time, our resources and our welfare. After all these years, there is nothing I could be more proud to do.”

Client Testimonials


With the seriousness of the accident, I knew that we needed a serious lawyer. I needed Rutter Mills.

If you have a serious injury, then you need a serious lawyer. And that’s why we chose Rutter Mills.