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Billy Joe Mills

Billy Joe Mills

Attorney at Law

Chicago
Illinois
Licensed in
IL
University of Illinois College of Law
5.0 5
Clear Communication
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About
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006 with a degree in Political Science, Finance, and Economics. I stayed around Champaign for law school and graduated in 2009. I then worked at a big law firm in downtown Chicago. It was boring, so I quit in early 2011.

I thought that I could not be happy practicing law - I was wrong. After I quit the traditional law firm life, I began representing my own clients. I realize now that I love helping normal people, small business owners, and non-profits address a variety of legal issues. I handle issues involving copyright, BitTorrent downloads, civil rights, trademark,
… read more defamation, free speech issues, and wills.
10
Years
experience
Top 200 Firm Badge

Practice Areas

Client Reviews

5.0
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines
out of 2 reviews
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"Lawyer, Protector, Friend 5.0 stars Posted by Ed March 27, 2016 When we were looking for a lawyer to represent us against a copyright troll in CA, I was at first hesitant to contact Billy as he was in Chicago. So I called a few others first and Billy last. Billy was by far the most reasonable and knowledgeable about the industry. He did a superb job at getting a settlement that we could live with. He spent quite a bit of time going back and forth with the troll and us. I believe he does this work out of principle as he surely spent far more time than the fee we paid him. When we called Billy, we were feeling afraid, tense, and extremely nervous. Within minutes, Billy made us feel secure and relaxed because we knew he would be protecting us from that point on. He lived up to his reputation and we cannot thank him enough. Strangely, I feel like I owe him more money for how much work he did to represent us. How many times has anyone hired a lawyer and felt that way? From our experience with Billy and his caring nature, I truly consider him a friend and hope to someday payback his kindness,"

Defense of Copyright infringement lawsuit
Non-UpCounsel Client
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"Billy is a good person, not just a good lawyer. I found him via a reference form the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he volunteers his services to clients pro bono. I had created a website about a doctor, and was being sued for defamation. I was facing a lawsuit against someone with much more money. Billy agreed to help me pro bono, to negotiate an out of court settlement. He helps the little guy. He doesn't let people be bullied. I was always able to reach him via e-mail, text, or phone, either the same day I contacted him, or the next. His demeanor is to kill people with kindness. He's one of the nicest people I've met. He is always the coolest head in the negotiation. He sees the big picture, knows what are the serious problems, and what are the things not to worry about. He worked exceptionally well with the plaintiff's attorney, always staying relaxed and cordial. The settlement process was very drawn out, as the plaintiff's attorney would disappear for months, but Billy stayed calm and just went with the flow. I never saw him get flustered. The stresses of the legal process just kind of roll off his back, as he is always focused on the bigger picture. He negotiated a settlement in which both sides were happy, we didn't go to court, and no one had to pay anyone any money. I'm sure there are other good attorneys in Chicago, but I know for certain Billy is one of them. If you are looking for a good attorney, and a genuinely good person, please put him on your list of people to consult with."

Defense of online defamation lawsuit
Non-UpCounsel Client

Work History

FirmEquity LLC

Partner Attorney

Feb 2011 - Present

My partner, Ben Kailin, and I started FirmEquity to provide quality and honest legal representation to individuals and small businesses.

Feb 2011 - Present

Sedgwick LLP

Associate Attorney

Jan 2010 - Feb 2011

I worked as an attorney representing large insurance companies. It was boring, so I quit and started my own firm.

Jan 2010 - Feb 2011

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