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Samuel Ashton Mills

Business Attorney at Frisco, TX

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Mills Firm PLLC

  • State Years
    Texas - TX 24 years
    New York - NY 26 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1999
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1997
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Samuel

Learn Samuel’s areas of practice.

Sam’s vast experience in twenty years of practice spans the gamut from important business litigation matters to major business transactions.  Sam began his career as a clerk for a federal judge in Manhattan before joining a major Wall Street firm where he drafted the first settlement agreement in the history of the tobacco industry.  Since that time, he has worked on significant business transactions across the spectrum, including the sale of a multi-billion dollar electronics business and the representation of the purchaser of an NBA franchise.  He has also represented owners and developers of various kinds of commercial real estate projects, including the financing of more than one billion dollars of multifamily housing projects financed with tax-exempt bonds.

Sam represents clients in corporate and business transactions of virtually every variety.  In addition to counseling clients on a day-to-day basis in connection with the ongoing operation of their businesses, Sam is routinely called to upon to handle the most important business transactions of the firm’s clients. His practice includes mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of various asset classes, private equity and financing transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as the formation and structuring of companies and partnerships, and the negotiation of business deals and entity agreements.

Sam also represents owners, developers, and investors in sophisticated and complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions; development and construction; leasing; lending and finance; partnerships, joint ventures and funds; and land use. He has substantial experience in financing projects with tax-exempt bonds, having represented clients in dozens of such transactions.  He is often called upon by clients for creative and practical advice in connection with restructuring existing deals and financings and resolving difficult loan, partnership, and guaranty issues.

Sam’s extensive experience extends beyond the courtroom to the boardroom.  As a former general counsel and executive vice president to a group of privately-held companies in the insurance, financial services, and benefit enrollment industries, he possesses unique insight into the concerns and priorities his clients face on a daily basis.  Sam takes these concerns into account when developing deal  strategies and advising his clients.

Samuel Mills received his Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as Notes Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He is the author of “Toward an Equitable After-Acquired Evidence Rule,” 94 Columbia Law Review 1525-57 (1994), which was a 1994 recipient of the Negroni Prize.  Graduating 4th in his class, Sam received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and religion magna cum laude in 1988 from Baylor University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Mills also received his Master of Arts degree in history from Baylor University in 1990, where he served as a Francis G. Guittard Fellow.

From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Mills served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Summit Alliance Companies in Dallas, Texas.  Prior to joining the Summit Alliance Companies, Mr. Mills practiced with the international law firms of Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Dallas. From 1995 through 1996, Mr. Mills served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denise Cote, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York in 1995-96.  Mr. Mills is admitted to practice in New York and Texas. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1965.

Sam’s clients  have included publicly-traded companies,  individual entrepreneurs, investors, lenders, borrowers, private business owners, and executives in a variety of industries.


Mills Firm PLLC
7460 Warren Parkway
Suite 100
Frisco, TX, 75034
Mills Firm PLLC
6575 West Loop South
Suite 500
Bellaire, TX, 77401
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  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Al | June 1, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Top Notch!
Sam provided exactly what I needed. Excellent legal work, prompt turnaround and reasonable cost
Posted by Leslie | June 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Complex Matter
I was sued in a very complex matter. Sam resolved it quickly. efficiently and favorably to me, in a way that I don't believe any attorney could have. I recommend him highly.
Posted by Darcy | February 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliant and efficient.
Guided me through myriad complex laws and regulations with superb skill, efficiency, and great interpersonal skills.
Posted by Mario | February 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Provided excellent legal counsel with complex legal issue requiring not only legal knowledge but interpersonal skills to get the desired outcome.


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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Mills Firm PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2017
  • General Counsel
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
  • 1998 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell (New York & Paris)
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Judicial Clerk
  • United States District Court, SDNY
  • 1995 - 1996
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  • Columbia University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Baylor University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1990
  • Baylor University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Business and Probate, Trust and Real Estate Sections
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Rising Stars of Texas Law
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2004
  • Rising Star
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2004
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2004
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  • Columbia Law Review
  • "Toward an Equitable After-Acquired Evidence Rule"
  • 1995

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Sam on a couple different matters. I have always found him to be thoughtful, prepared, engaged, and focused on his client's best interests."
Business Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sam is a very intelligent, hard-working lawyer. I have known him for decades and had the opportunity to work with on a number of projects. He started with a world-class large firm in New York City and later practiced with large firms in Dallas. He now brings all those high-powered skills he fine tuned in those places to his own firm. I am happy to send clients his way."
Business Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sam is an excellent lawyer and is always looking out for his clients' best interests."
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