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Laurin H. Mills

2318 Mill Road
Suite 1100
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone:  703.647.5903
Fax:  703.647.5953


Mr. Mills serves as the co-leader of the firm's Intellectual Property team.  He is a trial attorney who focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense and government investigations, technology and intellectual property-related torts and contract disputes; media-related counseling and litigation; and close corporation shareholder disputes. He has represented national media organizations on the full range of newsroom and courtroom access issues, privacy-related and newsgathering torts, and internet and computer privacy issues and defamation cases. He has represented almost every DC-area television station and newspaper. His office is across the street from the federal courthouse in Alexandria, which is the famed “Rocket Docket.”

Mr. Mills has had significant experience and success in the area of white-collar criminal defense and governmental investigations. His cases include representing two witnesses in the federal government’s case against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell; representing a 2012 presidential candidate and his campaign manager in an election fraud investigation; representing a foreign corporation accused of misappropriating the trade secret for Kevlar; successfully representing a doctor in a major 2 ½ year Medicare fraud investigation (the Government closed the investigation without charges); representing a Maryland attorney accused of 32 felony counts of immigration fraud (the attorney was acquitted at trial of all 32 counts); representing a Washington, D.C. think-tank in an investigation by the New York Attorney General’s Office of the organization’s past relationship with Hillary Clinton (the client was completely exonerated after a year-long investigation); and representing a local businessman wrongfully indicted for eight counts of heroin smuggling and money laundering (the government ultimately dropped all of the charges in the indictment). In 2016, he represented the nation’s largest privately held mortgage corporation in a six-week jury trial in Houston involving mortgage fraud charges under the False Claims Act and FIRREA.
He has substantial trial experience in patent, patent inventorship, copyright, trademark and trade secret-related litigation in federal courts across the nation and before the International Trade Commission. He also regularly advises and represents companies, universities, and governmental entities in technology-related contract and licensing disputes.

Mr. Mills has developed a niche practice in the creative resolution of close corporation shareholder actions involving disputes between founders and in inter-generational ownership and control matters.

He is a certified mediator and serves as an arbitrator and hearing examiner for the Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Puerto Rico in interconnection agreement disputes. He is a founding member of the Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court in Alexandria, Virginia and was a member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court for 16 years.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Alexandria, Virginia, January 2010 – Present
  • Nixon Peabody, Washington, D.C., 1994 – 2009
  • Hopkins & Sutter, Washington, D.C., 1989 – 1994
  • Law Clerk, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Washington, D.C. 1987 - 1989

Memberships and Affiliations

  • The Barristers
  • Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association


  • Named to Virginia Business magazine’s 2012 "Legal Elite", Intellectual Property
  • Named a Virginia Super Lawyer for Intellectual Property, 2013-2018
  • Named a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine for Intellectual Property, 2014-2018

Related Industries


  • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1989
  • B.S., Business, University of Maryland, 1980
  • B.A., Government and Politics, University of Maryland, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims