Former AG Mills joins Portland law firm

Posted Feb. 24, 2011, at 1:56 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 24, 2011, at 11:12 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Former Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has joined Preti Flaherty, the Portland law firm said Thursday.

Mills took over as attorney general in 2009, the first woman to hold that office in Maine. She left the post late last year after the Republican-controlled Legislature voted to put Bill Schneider in the office. Mills, a Democrat, served in the Maine House. She was first elected in 2002, and was elected to the Legislature four times. She is also the newly elected vice chairwoman of the Maine Democratic Party.

According to the Preti release, Mills was the first female district attorney in New England, and served for 15 years as the elected district attorney for Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties. Preti said Mills will be “of counsel” with the firm’s litigation group in Augusta.

“I have known Janet Mills for over 35 years, since we were classmates and friends in law school. Janet is a highly accomplished and very well-respected attorney within Maine’s legal and legislative communities,” said Jonathan Piper, managing partner at Preti. “She brings unique expertise to our firm as Maine’s only female attorney general and we are thrilled to welcome her to our team and to build upon the strengths of our litigation group.”

Mills is a native of Farmington and lives there with her husband, Stan Kuklinski. She is the sister of former state Sen. Peter Mills and of Dr. Dora Anne Mills, former director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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