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Derrick Mills

Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC
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Derrick Mills
Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC
Birmingham,
 AL

Derrick Mills was raised in a small town in Alabama, where being a good person, a good student and a hard worker was important to him. He learned that the trust of those around him was something to be earned.

"My mother taught me about trust - to earn the trust of those you work with and those for whom you work. Trust is the basis for all good relationships."

Along with his mother, the now-deceased U.S. Senator Howell Heflin took Mills under his wing and imparted an education that will always be with him. Senator Heflin showed Mills how the law related to everyday life.

He gives much credit to his other mentors: his high school football coach, his high school principals, federal Judge U.W. Clemon (for whom he clerked) and others.

"President Potts at the University of North Alabama showed me how to tie a tie. That's pretty important when you stand before a judge," he chuckles.

Mills colleagues at Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C., taught him that to fully understand a client's problems, it is necessary to be able to put himself in their situation. "I want the client to trust and believe me from the first time we meet. It's a primary goal here at MRB and I believe we honor our clients and each other. My values are a natural fit here at MRB."

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

Products Liability

Business Litigation

Bad Faith

BAR ADMISSIONS

Alabama, 2003

Mississippi, 2004

U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 2004

U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 2004

U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 2004

U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2006

EDUCATION

The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

J.D. - 2003

Honors: magna cum laude

University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama

B.S.

Honors: cum laude

Major: Political Science

HONORS AND AWARDS

Alabama SuperLawyer, Rising Star , 2010-2013

Alabama SuperLawyer, 2014, 2015

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

Alabama Bar Association, 10th Judicial Circuit Board of Bar Commissioners 2010-2015, 2003 to Present

Birmingham Bar Association, Executive Committee 2008-2009, 2004 to Present

Birmingham Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee, 2006 to 2009

Magic City Bar Association, President 2010, 2004 to Present

American Bar Association, 2006 to Present

Alabama Association for Justice, Board of Directors 2010, 2007 to Present

PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS

Hon. U.W. Clemon, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Law Clerk, 2003 to 2004

Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC, Associate, 2004 to 2007

FRATERNITIES/SORORITIES

Kappa Alpha Psi


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