William F. Mills

William F. Mills

Michigan Trial Attorney

William F. Mills has specialized knowledge in the areas of personal injury law, product liability law, civil rights, medical malpractice, construction site negligence, complex commercial litigation and automotive liability.


Hope College (B.A. 1968); University of Michigan Law School (J.D. 1974)

Professional Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association (former Trustee)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Fellow, served on numerous committees)
  • Elected member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited to 500 attorneys in the U.S.)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, by invitation only based on trial experience
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, by invitation only based on trial experience
  • The American Association for Justice
  • Michigan Association for Justice

Awards & Achievements

  • Founding Member, Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman, 1985
  • Grand Rapids Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2010
  • Respected Advocate Award, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, 2009
  • Lecturer in the field of trial tactics and procedures.
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 1995; Lawyer of the Year, Medical Malpractice, 2012 and 2016; Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury, 2010 and 2014
  • Selected to Michigan Super Lawyers® list
  • “AV - Preeminent Lawyer” peer review rating through Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and integrity
  • First Recipient of American Board of Trial Advocates Civility Award, 2016
  • Recipient of the Michigan State Bar Outstanding Achievement Award 2015
  • Peer selected for inclusion in Leading Lawyers, a listing of the leading lawyers limited to 5 percent of licensed attorneys in the State of Michigan
  • Artillery Officer in Vietnam, where he served as a Forward Observer and Firing Battery Executive Officer (Awarded two Purple Hearts)

Community Service

  • Served on the board of Hope Network, which is dedicated in part to people with brain injuries and physical disabilities. Served for 9 years, President for 2
  • Served on the board of Holland Home, a facility for the elderly
  • Served on board of Heartside Ministries
  • Served on his church board on multiple occasions
  • Served on school board for Grand Rapids Christian High School
  • Currently serving on the Camp Geneva Board, Vice President
  • Volunteers offering Pro Bono legal services to the underserved in the Grand Rapids area

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“Thank you for helping our family. We are thankful for all that you have done.”—T. Family

“Just wanted to thank you again for all that you have done for us.” –EB

“Bill, I’m sorry to report that I will not be able to attend the party tomorrow night in your honor . . . . there is no one more deserving and no one I can think of who has had such an outstanding legal career.”—JM

“Congratulations on the Outstanding Achievement Award . . . you have had the most wonderful career and you have enjoyed the most wonderful reputation for quality and integrity. I enjoy watching you work with some of the clients that I have introduced to you, and I enjoy the accomplishments of the fine firm you have built.”—GP

Congratulations on being recognized by the Negligence Section of the State Bar in receiving this 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award. To be singled out by your peers is a decided achievement and well deserved.”—HB

“There is not enough thank you’s in the world to say how grateful I am for you and what you have done for me. You changed my life forever. Thank you.” –DR

“Thank you is not enough to describe how my family feels about what you have done for us. We will never forget your kindness and willingness to fight for Haddie. Thank you.” –B. Family

“Thank you for all your hard work in fighting for Steven’s, Rebecca’s and my future. You have helped us through this with such compassion. We are grateful beyond words.” –O. Family