February 25, 2011

Former attorney general joins Portland law firm

Morning Sentinel Staff

AUGUSTA -- Former Attorney General Janet Mills has joined law firm Preti Flaherty.

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Janet Mills

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The firm announced Thursday that Mills would join its litigation group in Augusta.

Mills was elected state's first female attorney general in 2009 -- a position she held for almost two years.

Earlier in her career, Mills served Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties for 15 years as the district attorney and was the first woman in New England to hold that title.

From 1995 to 2009, Mills practiced with the Skowhegan-based law firm of Wright & Mills. She has been a lawyer in Maine for 35 years and has argued more than 100 cases before the Maine Supreme Court, according to a press release from Preti Flaherty.

Starting in 2002, Mills, a Democrat, served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives. She was recently elected vice chairwoman of the Maine Democratic Party.

"I have known Janet Mills for over 35 years, since we were classmates and friends in law school. Janet is a highly accomplished and very well respected attorney within Maine's legal and legislative communities," said Jonathan Piper, managing partner of Preti Flaherty, in a written statement.

"She brings unique expertise to our firm as Maine's only female Attorney General, and we are thrilled to welcome her to our team and to build upon the strengths of our litigation group," Piper said.

Mills has a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law and a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She lives with her husband, Stan Kuklinski, in Farmington, where she was raised.

Mills is the sister of Dr. Dora Anne Mills, former director of public health for the state, and Peter Mills, a former state senator.

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