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can’t guarantee you a full and fair opportunity, but I guar- antee that you’ll have an opportunity.’ Today it’s an outrage. Back then, it sounded like a fair deal. “Because I’m a minority, I knew traditional fi rm rules weren’t

necessarily going to apply, so I began building something for me, a practice that I could lead.” He concentrates his national prac- tice on complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters. He also represents lending institutions in regulatory matters and secured or unsecured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings as well as numerous special servicers throughout the U.S. Over the years, Mills has witnessed a lot of changes

Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP Indianapolis, IN


Years Practicing:

30 Area of Practice: Bankruptcy

Alan Mills has been with one fi rm throughout his career. When he joined Barnes & T ornburg in 1982, he was their fi rst African American attorney. “At the time, a partner who would become my longtime mentor matter-of-factly said, ‘I

in the profession. Not only has the fi rm grown in stature nationally to more than 550 legal professionals throughout 12 offi ces, but also the number of minority partners and associates has increased accordingly. “T ings have improved dramatically,” he says. “T at’s why I’m still here.” Mills’ approach to rainmaking is multi-layered: “It’s a

given that the fi rm is good, so I sell my own expertise and loyalty. I’m their link to the institution.” He continues, “T e best way to meet a new client is to do a good job for an existing client and then ask for an introduction. T e next best way is to be part of the organizations that cater to the client’s industry. Clients want to know that you understand both what they do and how they do it. Likewise, knowing as much as possible about your client is key when introduc- ing them to companies that can give them business.”


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