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Derrick A. Mills


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Derrick 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 Derrick under his wing and imparted an education that will always be with him. Senator Heflin showed Derrick 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.

Derrick strives to fully understand a client’s problems and believes it is necessary to be able to put himself in their situation, or as close as is possible. “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
Bar Admissions
Professional Memberships & Recognition

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Trucking & Auto
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workplace/Construction Injuries
  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit


  • 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

Professional Associations & Memberships

• Super Lawyers, 2014-Present
• Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star, 2010-2013
• Alabama Bar Association, 10th Judicial Circuit Board of Bar Commissioners

• Birmingham Bar Association, Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee
• American Bar Association
• Alabama Association for Justice, Board of Directors, Officer
• Magic City Bar Association, President 2010


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