Timothy B. Mills is the managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office Maggs & McDermott LLC, attorneys at law. He has held that position since February 2006. His practice focuses on complex cross-border dispute resolution, international investment and commercial transactions and governmental representation, particular with respect to the Middle East. Mr. Mills has served as legal advisor to the Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri Al-Maliki; also, since 2004 has been lead counsel and legal advisor to the Republic of Iraq in litigation matters pending before the courts of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. As such, Mr. Mills has been the primary legal advisor and counsel to Iraq, including in cases that ultimately were taken to the Supreme Courts of the United States and Canada. Mr. Mills regularly practices before various United States Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts on behalf of Iraq as well as on behalf of private-sector clients. In the realm of foreign direct investment, recently he represented the shareholders of the third-largest mobile communications company in Iraq, Korek Telecom, in the matter of France Telecom Orange Group’s investment of over $1.2 billion in return for a minority shareholding interest in Korek. Mr. Mills also recently provided advice and counsel to a Lebanese investment group in the successful complex acquisition and performance of three Iraq Ministry of Oil refinery rehabilitation projects valued at over $400 million from a distressed Jordanian company. He was one of the first private-sector American attorneys to enter Iraq after military action by the United States and the Coalition toppled the Saddam Hussein regime in April 2003. Since then, Mr. Mills has been in Iraq on more than 110 occasions, for extended periods amounting several years in all. Additionally, for over two decades, he has advised Fortune 500 companies on military-related matters, international business transactions, negotiations with the federal government, and negotiations with foreign sovereign states.
Prior to establishing the Washington, D.C. office of Maggs & McDermott LLC in February 2006, Mr. Mills was a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Patton Boggs LLP. He came to Patton Boggs in 1990. While at Patton Boggs he specialized in the areas of government contracts law, complex commercial litigation and arbitration and governmental relations.
From 1987 through 2011, Mr. Mills served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army Reserve, rising to the position of Senior International Law officer and Command Judge Advocate within Special Operations Forces of the Army and the rank of senior Lieutenant Colonel. In this capacity, he authored a comprehensive study of the Iraqi legal system as it existed under the former Saddam Hussein regime, identifying those parts of the system that were being used as instruments of repression and other parts of the system that had stopped evolving and were in need of reform because of the isolating effect of U.N. sanctions imposed on Iraq in the wake of the Saddam regime’s invasion of Kuwait. Also, in February 2003, he was tasked with conducting one of the legal reviews of the plan for the post-conflict restoration of civil authority in Iraq. Prior to being appointed to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, he served in the Active Army and the Army Reserve from 1972, including as a federal special agent criminal investigator assigned to the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (Army CID). Mr. Mills retired from the Army Reserve in 2011, with over 38 years of service.