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Anna Mills joined the Van Winkle Law Firm in 2001 and is the Principal-in-Charge of the Charlotte office. She is licensed to practice in North Carolina and Tennessee and her primary areas of practice include corporate and business law. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from UNC Chapel Hill, Anna continued with the Tar Heels to earn her Juris Doctor in 1997. She is Chair of the NC LEAP program and is the Membership Chair for the American Bar Association’s Legal Opinions Committee.


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  1. Business: 50%
    18 years
  2. Corporate & Incorporation: 50%
    18 years

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The Van Winkle Law Firm

2201 South Boulevard
Suite 220
Charlotte, NC, 28203



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyerCorporate Law Best Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent™ Peer-Review RatedMartindale HubbleN/A
Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) Awards HonoreeYMCAN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerThe Van Winkle Law Firm2001 - Present
Manager of Real Estate LawShoney's, Inc.2000 - 2001
AssociateBass Berry & Sims1997 - 2000
Association NamePosition NameDuration
NC LEAP (North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program)Chair2010 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationBusiness Section Member2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationBusiness Section MemberN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
Nuts and Bolts of Securities LawExempt Transactions: Practical Ways to Sell Securities1999
North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial RegulationClearing the Air: Environmental Regulation, Dispute Resolution, and Domestic Sovereignty Under the World Trade Organization1996
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, cum laude1997
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillHistoryN/A1993
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Clear Law Institute WebinarThird-Party Legal Opinions in Corporate Transactions2015
ABA Business Law Section 2015 Spring Meeting, PanelistVenture Capital Legal Opinions. Recent Developments2015
North Carolina Bar Association, PanelistToward a Leaner and Cleaner Practice – A Professional Responsibility to Innovate2014
North Carolina Bar Association, Business SectionLegal Opinions: Key Provisions and New Developments2014
ABA 2014 Institute for the Young Business LawyerLegal Opinion Due Diligence2014
Western Carolina UniversityCelebration of Women in Business2013
ABA Business Section Spring MeetingAn Introduction to Venture Capital Legal Opinions2013
ABA Business Law Section 2013 Annual MeetingVenture Capital Financing Opinions: A Comparison of the California Approach2013
2013 Industrial Executives ForumManaging Your Business Through Transition, Succession and Exit Strategies2013
Asheville Startup WeekendAsk Anna: Legal Issues for Startup Businesses2012
Young Entrepreneurs Camp10 Tips for Starting a Business2010
Young Entrepreneurs CampSmall Business Law2009
EducationalRecovery Zone Facility Bonds2009
ClassEntity Formation2009
Young Entrepreneurs CampBusiness Law2008
Fast Trac ClassPrivate Placements2008
Basics of Business Law CLE ProgramDue Diligence2008