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James J. (Jay) Mills

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Burns Day & Presnell, PA
2626 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 560
Raleigh, NC 27608
Phone: 919-235-3824
Fax: 919-782-2311
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2015 - 2016
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Estate & Trust Litigation, General Litigation
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Burns, Day & Presnell, P.A., James J. (Jay) Mills has distinguished himself in the practice of estate planning and administration matters and personal injury litigation. From his office in Raleigh, North Carolina, he represents clients throughout the state. Although Mr. Mills has proven himself to be an accomplished litigator and able to communicate effectively before juries, his negotiation skills have resolved many cases for the benefit of clients prior to trial. He has defended his clients' rights in car and truck accident cases involving strongly disputed liability and causation. People facing hardships due to wrongful death, medical malpractice or defective products have also relied on his strong advocacy when confronting responsible parties. In the arena of estate administration, Mr. Mills has succeeded in securing settlements for people contesting wills.

Settlements obtained in cases of contested wills have ranged from $250,000 to $2 million. Mr. Mills has also managed a variety of complex accident cases, including drunk driving accidents, 18-wheeler crashes and bicycle accidents. A family injured in a car wreck that left the mother without her lower left leg produced a $2.5 million settlement under his representation. A wrongful death case for a person who died while trying to help other people collected $850,000 for the surviving family.

Mr. Mills has excelled in his legal career since graduating with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He began his career at a major national law firm with a nationwide clientele before joining his current firm. He can present cases before state and federal trial courts in North Carolina and Georgia as well as before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th and 11th Circuits.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 50%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20%General Litigation


3 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2015 - 2016

About James J. (Jay) Mills

First Admitted: 2002, Georgia

Professional Webpage:


  • Designated as a Super Lawyer Rising Star multiple times in both North Carolina and Georgia
  • Gressman-Pollit Award for outstanding oral advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Tenth Judicial District, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Georgia
  • Inaugural member of Fiduciary Litigation Committee, North Carolina Bar, 2012
  • North Carolina

Educational Background

  • Wake Forest University, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts, 1998

Representative Clients

  • Estate clients: represented clients on both sides of caveats to wills; successfully negotiated and settled many claims without needing to resort to litigation; challenged insurance beneficiary designations; several other estate-related matters., 2018
  • Estate clients: represented clients in defense of wills and in challenge of wills; represented individuals relating to guardianship of family members; successful appeals of clerk's rulings and orders; and many other estate clients., 2019
  • Injury clients: Represented clients injured in car crashes, clients injured at restaurants, clients injured due to medical malpractice, children injured at day care facilities, and many other injured clients., 2018
  • Injury clients: represented clients injured in car crashes; pedestrians injured by vehicles; children injured in autistic-care facilities; clients injured due to medical malpractice; and many other injured individuals and their families., 2019


  • $250,000 settlement reached pre-suit for person challenging will of her aunt., 2019
  • $60,000 settlement reached for person injured at a college party when someone backed into him. Responsible party was driving injured party's truck. Accident happened at approximately 4 a.m. Liability and causation were heavily disputed., 2019
  • $270,000 settlement reached after person was hit by 18-wheeler. Causation of injuries highly contested., 2019
  • $1.2 million settlement in favor of two nieces who challenged a will allegedly executed by their uncle. The uncle changed his will shortly before death and left his entire estate to his neighbor and caretaker. The nieces, who lived overseas, challenged the will., 2018
  • $130,000 settlement in favor of client who was injured while a passenger in a car with a drunk driver who ran off the side of the road., 2018
  • $150,000 settlement reached in favor of child injured at day care facility., 2018
  • $850,000 settlement in wrongful death claim when good samaritan was killed while trying to assist injured parties on side of roadway., 2018
  • $2.5 million settlement for family injured in car accident.  Mother lost her lower left leg.  Husband and son received less-severe injuries., 2018
  • $2.25 million settlement in business valuation dispute., 2017
  • $150,000 settlement in favor of client injured in car crash. Causation of injuries were disputed due to client's extensive pre-existing medical issues., 2017
  • $195,000 settlement reached in favor of client who tripped and fell at local store. Liability was denied and no offer was made prior to filing suit., 2016
  • $2,000,000 settlement in favor of client who challenged a will executed by his aunt. Challenged will left $500,000 to client., 2016
  • $2.25 million settlement reached in favor of driver in single-person car accident. Client was left paralyzed from chest down. Liability was hotly contested., 2015
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Office Location for James J. (Jay) Mills

2626 Glenwood Avenue
Suite 560
Raleigh, NC 27608

Phone: 919-235-3824

Fax: 919-782-2311

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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