JoJene E. Mills

JoJene E. Mills

Sole Practitioner since 2004
Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Phone:
(520) 529-3200
Fax:
(520) 529-3113
Email:

I grew up in the Phoenix area and attended both college and law school at Arizona State University. I earned several awards in law school, and I was named the Outstanding Oral Advocate of my graduating class.

I have always practiced personal injury law and have only represented injured people, not defendants. I began my practice in 1985 at one of the largest personal injury firms in Arizona where I trained with some of Arizona's finest trial lawyers. I practiced in Phoenix, eventually opening my own firm before moving to Tucson in 1994 and joining an existing firm. In July 2004, I again opened my own practice, which I have structured to maximize personal contact with my clients.

Excellent Results
I have handled all aspects of personal injury and medical malpractice cases, including many jury trials. I have secured numerous significant jury verdicts and settlements for my clients, and I am recognized by defense lawyers and insurance carriers as a competent and effective opponent. I will be happy to provide you with a list describing some of my highest verdicts and settlements.

Professional and Government Service
In nearly 20 years of law practice, I have been consistently recognized by my peers for the quality of my work. I have been invited to teach trial advocacy, personal injury and medical malpractice law for the State Bar of Arizona, the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the National College of Advocacy, and in programs at both the ASU and U of A College of Law. I was invited to sit as a Judge Pro Tem for the Arizona Court of Appeals.

I am also a firm believer in service to the legal community. I have served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association since 1992, and have served in every officer position, including President in 2003. In that capacity, I have spent significant time working with state legislators and other state and national leaders on laws affecting my clients' rights. I have personally written important pieces of legislation that were enacted by the state legislature and signed by the governor. I also represent the interests of personal injury victims in the courts as AZTLA's Amicus Curia Chair. In this role, I appear regularly in both divisions of the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Arizona Supreme Court. This work in state and national government gives me a unique perspective and unique credibility regarding my clients' needs.

Highest Ratings by My Peers
Professional recognition by other lawyers is evidence of skill and excellent results. I have the highest rating--"A-V"--available in Martindale-Hubbell, a nationally recognized directory of lawyers, rated by their peers. I am listed in their Directory of Preeminent Attorneys. Starting in 2002, I was listed in Best Lawyers in America, as a result of feedback from other attorneys. In 2003, I was named Plaintiffs' Lawyer of the Year by the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, an award that specifically recognizes a combination of effectiveness, professionalism and ethics. In 2004, I was also appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court to serve as the only attorney member of the Committee on Superior Courts, a committee of judges overseeing the workings of Arizona's courts of general jurisdiction.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Medical Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

Education

  • Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
    • J.D. cum laude - May, 1985
    • Honors: O'Connor Cavanagh Outstanding Student Advocate
    • Honors: National Moot Court Competition-Best Oralist in Region - Top 32 in Nation
    • Honors: Joseph S. Jenckes Advocacy Competition, ASU Representative
    • Honors: William C. Canby Moot Court Competition - Best Oral Advocate
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
    • B.A. magna cum laude - May, 1982
    • Honors: Regents' Tuition Waiver - four years Honors at Admission
    • Major: Communications

Published Works

  • Practical Implications of the Zlaket Rules, Ariz. St. L. Rev., 25, 1993
  • Hospital Liability, The Advocate, 1992
  • Periodic Payments: How the Statute Actually Works at Trial, The Advocate, 1992

Classes/Seminars

  • "Ethics" at Advanced Trial Advocacy Conference, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • "Laparoscopic Surgery" Negligence in the Operating Room, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2003
  • "Juror Rehabilitation" The Right to Voir Dire: What Does it Mean?, State Bar Bench & Bar Seminar, 2002
  • Tort Reform: Current Issues American Bar Association Torts and Insurance Practice, Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Products Liability Litigation, 2002
  • "Arizona's Rules Consolidation Project", State Bar Bench and Bar Seminar, 2001
  • "What Every Appellate Lawyer Should Know", Basics of Appellate Practice, 2000
  • Minors' Personal Injury Settlements: Strategies & Mechanics, State Bar of Arizona
  • "Screening Medical Malpractice Cases and Dealing with Treating Doctors", Tucson AzTLA Learn at Lunch, 1999
  • "Medical Malpractice and the Good Samaritan Law", University of Arizona College of Medicine, 1999
  • "Keeping the Case Moving: Scheduling, Disclosure and Pretrial Conferences As Tools to Keep the Heat On", Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, 1999
  • "Issues Involving Treating Physicians", Developments in Medical Malpractice Litigation, 1999
  • "Federal Rules of Evidence: Hearsay and Expert Witnesses", International Workers' Compensation College Judicial Program, 1999
  • "Effective Communication of the Woman Advocate", Arizona Women Lawyers Association, 1998
  • "Sixth Annual White Mountain Trial Skills College" Crafting and Delivering Opening and Closing Arguments to Juries, State Bar of Arizona, 1998
  • "CLE by the Sea A Trial Practice", State Bar of Arizona, 1998
  • "The Art of Opening Statements", Arizona Women Lawyers Association-Maricopa Chapter, 1998
  • "Discovery of the IME Physicians", Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1998
  • "Proving Institutional Negligence", Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1998
  • "Ethics - The Attorney-Client Privilege", State Bar of Arizona, 1987
  • "Deposition Practice - Rudeness and Unprofessional Conduct", Arizona Women Lawyers Association, 1997
  • Arizona Evidence Workshop, Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1996 - 1997
  • "Recent Procedure Developments", Association of Trial Lawyers, 1995

Honors and Awards

  • Arizona Association of Defense Council - Plaintiffs' Lawyer of the Year, 2002
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2001 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member & Co-Chair, Committee on Integrity in Science and Medicine, 1992 - 1994
  • American Association for Justice, Member & Co-Chair, Committe on Courts, 1992 - 1999
  • American Association for Justice, National College of Advocacy Faculty, 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 1992 - 1999
  • State Bar of Arizona, Arizona College of Trial Advocacy Faculty, 1994 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Professionalism Faculty, 1997 - Present
  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, Judge Pro Tem, 1994 - 1995
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2003
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, President-elect, 2002
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President, 2001
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary, 2002
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 1992
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Amicus Chair, 2004 - Present
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors & Legislative Committee, 1991 - Present
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1991 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Volunteer Attorney & Member, Legal Panel, 1990 - 1993
  • Sandra Day O'Connor Inn of Court, 1992 - 1994
  • Pilot Parents Partnership, Inc., General Counsel, pro bono, 1987 - 1999
  • Pilot Parents Partnership, Inc., Member, 1987 - 1991
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • Arizona Women Lawyer's Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Piccarreta & Davis, P.C., Shareholder, 1994 - 2004
  • Norris & Mills, P.A., Shareholder, 1993 - 1994
  • Treon, Strick, Lucia & Aguirre, P.A., Shareholder: July 1, 1992, 1991 - 1993
  • Langerman Law Offices, Associate Attorney, 1990 - 1991
  • Treon, Strick, Lucia & Aguirre, P.A., Shareholder: July 1, 1992, 1985 - 1990