James J. (Jay) Mills

Top rated personal injury attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina

Burns Day & Presnell, PA
James J. (Jay) Mills
Burns Day & Presnell, PA

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Estate & trust litigation, General litigation

Licensed in North Carolina since: 2007

Education: University of North Carolina School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2015 - 2016
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Burns Day & Presnell, PA

2626 Glenwood Avenue
Suite 560
Raleigh, NC 27608 Visit website


As a partner at Burns, Day & Presnell, P.A., James J. (Jay) Mills has years of experience helping individuals and their families get the compensation they deserve. Jay has experience with a wide variety of personal injury cases - from car wreck cases to trucking accidents to medical malpractice.

Jay prides himself in taking the time to get to know each of his clients, and he remains close with many clients long after their cases are concluded. He has a proven, established track record of success, and has recovered millions of dollars for his clients over the years, including many single cases that have resolved for several million dollars.

Although Jay Mills has proven himself to be an accomplished litigator and has successfully tried many cases before juries, his negotiation skills have resolved many cases for the benefit of clients prior to trial.

A few results that warrant highlighting:

$2.5 million recovery for driver in a single car accident where the alleged cause of the crash was a defectively constructed roadway;

$4 million recovery for a medical malpractice wrongful death claim with disputed liability;

$850,000 wrongful death claim where a witness to a crash tried to assist others and was killed in the process;

$2.5 million recovery for a woman who lost the lower portion of her leg in a car crash;

Many additional 6 and 7-figure recoveries for clients injured in a variety of ways.  (Note: past successes are not an indicator of future success in any particular case, even if the facts are similar; each case is different and must be evaluated accordingly)  

Mr. Mills has excelled in his legal career since graduating with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, after graduating magna cum laude from Wake Forest University after only 3.5 years there. He began his career at a major international law firm with a before joining his current firm. He is licensed in state and federal courts throughout Georgia and North Carolina and has been recognized by Super Lawyers in both states. 

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Estate & trust litigation, General litigation
  • 30% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 50% Estate & trust litigation
  • 20% General litigation

First Admitted: 2002, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.burnsdaypresnell.com/attorneys/jay-mills/

  • 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

Office location for James J. (Jay) Mills

2626 Glenwood Avenue
Suite 560
Raleigh, NC 27608

Phone: 919-235-3824


4 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2015 - 2016

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