James B. Mills

Associate ( Chicago )

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With a background in biotech research and experience defending health care, pharmaceutical industry, and manufacturing industry clients in litigation, James Mills is adept at quickly understanding the scientific, business, and legal nuances of even the most complex matters.

James focuses his practice on product liability and environmental litigation, with a particular emphasis on cases involving toxic and hazardous materials. Clients value the technical knowledge, analytic abilities, and strong communication skills he applies to handling their cases. He is noted for effectively weaving written materials, testimony, and other documents into compelling stories that fuel successful motions and arguments.

Prior to joining RSHC, James worked at Chicagoland area law firms representing clients in product and premises liability cases involving toxic tort allegations, as well as medical malpractice and wrongful death actions. He has represented both defendants and plaintiffs, giving him insight into multiple aspects of litigation strategy.

Before embarking on his legal career, James earned a Master of Science degree in Bioinorganic Chemistry and worked at a biotechnology start-up company.



University of Kansas, J.D., 2015
University of Kansas, M.S., 2012
University of Missouri-Kansas City, B.S., Chemistry, 2006

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Professional Memberships

Chicago Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee
Drug & Medical Device Committee

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Medical Malpractice Law, 2021-2023), Best Lawyers®