Karen V. Mills

Attorney Karen V. Mills - Corporate Transactional Law Karen V. Mills, Esq., P.E. and Managing Member
770.933.6275 office
770.933.6223 fax
karen.mills@mlawassociates.com


Karen Mills' breadth of experience extends into the areas of business and corporate transactional law where she has advised a variety of entities on issues related to mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing, corporate governance and other general corporate matters. Having served as a partner in the corporate practice at one of Atlanta's oldest law firms, Karen values her client relationships and benchmarks her success against the longevity of those relationships.

Earlier in her career, Karen was an electrical engineer with Duke Power Company and designed electrical distribution systems to serve residential, commercial and industrial customers. Karen then managed the organization's Transmission Line Lightning Reliability Improvement Program, providing technical and engineering expertise to support substation and transmission structure standards.

Karen also leveraged her engineering background in her legal career. She provided advice to her clients regarding the evaluation of technology to assess patentability, prosecution of patent applications, and patent licensing. Karen has continued to use her technical expertise for issues regarding intellectual property.

Karen graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, with honors. Karen obtained her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Representative Experience

  • Counsel, technology companies in various industries, including the payment card industry and the software industry
  • Counsel for national medical research entity
  • Counsel for medical interpreting services company
  • Counsel, pharmaceutical companies in connection with divestitures and strategic alliances
  • Negotiated technology licenses, including patent licenses and software licenses
  • Represented various clients in all aspects of purchases and sales of various businesses including: negotiating purchase agreements, conducting due diligence, drafting purchase and sale documentation

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Women of Color Leadership Institute, March 2010
  • Speaker, Phi Alpha Delta (Georgia Tech’s Pre-Law Fraternity), October 2009
  • Speaker, Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Program, Southern Polytechnic State University, April 2009
  • Panelist, “Success Strategies for Women of Color in Law Firms”, Emory University School of Law, February 2009
  • Panelist, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Women’s Leadership Forum, May 2008 .

Civic and Charitable Associations/Awards

  • Member, Atlanta Girls' School Board of Trustees (2006 – Present)
  • Member, Girls' Opportunity for Adventure and Leadership, Inc. Board of Directors (2002-2005)
  • Leadership Atlanta Class of 2010
  • Spelman Coca-Cola Mentoring Program, 2010-2011
  • Who's Who in Black Atlanta, 2009
  • "Georgia Rising Stars," Atlanta Magazine, 2005

Practice Areas

  • Business Counseling
  • Business Formations
  • Contract Review, Negotiation & Drafting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Technology Law
  • Purchase and Sale of Business

 

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law (J.D. 1999)
    • Outstanding Oralist, First Year Oral Advocacy Competition
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (1991)
    • Bachelor's Degree, Electrical Engineering, with Honors

 

Professional Licenses

  • Registered Professional Engineer, North Carolina and South Carolina

 

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

 

Professional Activities/Associations

  • State Bar of Georgia
    • Corporate Counsel Section
    • Technology Law Section
  • Gate City Bar Association
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
  • Georgia Tech Bar Association, Secretary
  • Cobb County Chamber of Commerce