David A.S. Mills

Managing Partner

David is proud to represent the fourth generation of Mills to practice at the firm. He is a great-grandson of Alexander Mills, K.C., one of the founders, grandson of Ralph S. Mills, Q.C., and a son of J. Paul Mills, Q.C. David served his articles with Mills & Mills LLP, joined the firm following his call to the Bar and became a Partner in 2006.

David’s practice consists of two main areas. In his first practice area, David provides a comprehensive range of legal services to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and private businesses, including: strategic business structure advice for sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships and corporations; negotiation and drafting of business agreements; mergers and acquisitions (by way of asset or share purchase); corporate governance and record-keeping; fund-raising transactions, including private placements, debt structuring and secured transactions; and comprehensive employment law advice, including the hiring and termination of employees and proper structuring of stock options and other compensation plans.

In his second practice area, David provides business succession and personal estate services. This includes helping with the transition of businesses from one generation to the next, the planning and administration of personal estates and the resolution of estate disputes.

When business or estate disputes arise, David engages his clients in a results-driven dispute resolution process. This involves a thorough analysis of his clients’ rights and interests and an assessment of the risks and benefits of each strategic option. Working with the firm’s litigators, the optimal strategy – which may include alternative dispute resolution techniques or traditional court action – is then designed and vigorously pursued.


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Year of Call
Bachelor of Arts, McGill University, 1995
J.D., University of Toronto, 1998
Memberships & Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario

Former Boards

Theatre Passe Muraille
Youth Employment Service (YES) Toronto - Chair
Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf


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