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E. ERIC MILLS, Ward and Smith PA, New Bern
I am a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. I have served in operational and engineering billets in the past and now serve as an officer with the Legal Service Command. I also lead a different group of young men as a den leader for my boys’ Cub Scout pack.
Vita: Born June 20, 1970, in Raleigh; bachelor’s and master’s from N.C. State University and law degree from UNC Chapel Hill; wife and two sons.
What he’d be if not a lawyer: I love flying and think being a helicopter pilot would be interesting.
Why he chose to specialize in this area: My father, John G. Mills III of Wake Forest, is a retired patent attorney and first piqued my interest in patent law by taking me on patent-search trips. I probably spent more time researching patents by Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers than looking up things he wanted me to, but I’m sure he knew that.
Passions: Serving my country, enjoying time with family and practicing law with great colleagues and clients.
Favorite place: Tobago Cays in the Grenadines is absolutely beautiful.
Recent reading: I’m a little behind the times, but my oldest son has been reading the Harry Potter series and has me involved in them.
Don’t ask him to: Change sheets on a bed. I absolutely despise it, probably because of all those hospital corners at Officer Candidate School.
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