ATTORNEY KEVIN MILLS
Kevin D. Mills was first admitted to the bar in the State of West Virginia in 1981. He is admitted in federal courts including the Southern District and the Northern District of West Virginia as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has appeared in federal courts in North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, the District of Columbia and in Virginia. He is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court.
Kevin Mills is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He is a member of the legal board for the National Organization of Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). He is a founding member of the West Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WVCDL). He is the founding member and immediate past president of the Eastern Panhandle Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (EPCDL) serving on the Criminal Law Committee for over 20 years and also serving on the Lawyer Assistance Committee of the State Bar for over 25 years.
Kevin Mills received his undergraduate degree from Radford College in 1978, Cum Laude with honors, and his juris doctorate from the West Virginia University School of Law in 1981. While in law school, Mills was awarded an internship with the United States Department of Justice and began his work in the criminal defense field assisting indigent persons who were incarcerated at the federal minimum security prison in Morgantown, West Virginia.
After working for the Justice Department for two years, Mills was hired by the nationally acclaimed criminal defense law firm Mark and Moffitt. Working under senior partner John Flowers Mark and his partner William B. Moffitt, Mills was immediately exposed to high profile criminal defense cases across the country. His early cases included working as a second chair associate included acquittals in drug cases in State and Federal court as well as participation in a multi-ton marijuana seizure case called “Operation Grouper” in New Orleans, Louisiana. After working for Mark and Moffitt and the successor firm Zwerling and Mark, Mills continued his criminal defense career by opening his own firm in West Virginia. Since opening up his own firm, Mills has continued the tradition of excellence that his mentors in the law imparted to him by fighting for the underdog and always believing in the compassionate but vigorous and zealous defense of his clients. Mills has won acquittals in jury trials in first-degree murder cases, Federal drug conspiracies, sexual assault cases and other potential life sentence prosecutions. Mills benchmark case was his successful defense of a client who had allegedly committed 1st degree murder by shooting his cousin in the back 5 times. Mills’ cross-examination of renowned forensic expert Henry Lee who appeared as a witness for the State resulted in the State’s case being reduced to mere speculation and after a two week trial, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty in under an hour.
Other notable cases include 69 not guilty verdicts in a case involving sexual crimes that were alleged to have occurred over 20 years prior to the indictment. Mills has also defended DUI cases having never lost a jury trial involving a drunk driving motorist. Mills has won acquittals in Circuit and Magistrate Courts across West Virginia in cases charging battery, rape, 1st Degree murder and drug distribution. Mills has stayed on the cutting edge of criminal defense by initiating the first mediation of a criminal case in the State of West Virginia resulting in avoidance of registery as a sexual offender for a person inappropriately targeted by the sweeping registration laws.
In addition to his work in the courtroom before juries, Mills has also prepared appeals in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the West Virginia Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Mills has won reversals of convictions and drug forfeitures in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Mills is happily married to his soulmate and law firm administrator Laura Lee Mills. Laura and Kevin are the proud parents of four children – Jake, Jordan, Olivia and Christian Mills. Mills is active in youth sports having coached local football, basketball and baseball teams over the last 20 years including a four year term as Commissioner of the local youth football league. The family are members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.