Alysson L. Mills
Alysson Mills is a partner in our Litigation Section. She practices in federal courts across the nation and in state courts in Mississippi and Louisiana.
Alysson’s practice is diverse. She represents businesses in general commercial litigation cases, investors in securities fraud cases, and clients of all backgrounds in cases implicating the First Amendment. As a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel, she is regularly appointed to represent indigent criminal defendants in federal court. The Louisiana State Bar Association recently named her Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year.
A large part of Alysson’s practice is devoted to appeals. She has authored briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits, and the Mississippi and Louisiana Supreme Courts.
Alysson teaches First Amendment and media law at Tulane University and recently taught a course titled “The First Amendment in 2017” at the University of Mississippi Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.
Outside the law, Alysson is immediate past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans and also serves on the governing boards of the American Red Cross (SELA Chapter), the Younger Lawyers Division of the New Orleans Federal Bar Association, and the Choice Foundation, the governing board of three public charter schools in New Orleans.
J.D., summa cum laude, from University of Mississippi, 2008
- Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi Law Journal
- MPhil, with distinction, from Trinity College Dublin, 2005
- B.A. in French and B.A. in International Studies, magna cum laude, from University of Mississippi, 2002
- Clerk to the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2008-2009
Publications / Presentations
- Author, amicus brief on behalf of the Innocence Project, Inc., the Innocence Project of Texas, the Innocence Project New Orleans, and the University of Mississippi School of Law George C. Cochran Innocence Project, filed in Alvarez v. City of Brownsville, No. 16-40772 (5th Cir. 2018)
- Author, a tribute to Judge E. Grady Jolly, 87 Miss. L.J. 41 (2018)
- Guest Speaker, “Law for Advertisers,” Southeast Tourism Society, December 5, 2017
- Guest Speaker, “The Fourteenth Amendment: Transforming American Democracy,” Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, May 5, 2017
- Panelist, “Civil Rights Etouffee,” Federal Bar Association Civil Rights Section, April 7, 2017
- Guest Speaker, “Fake News and the First Amendment,” Association for Women Attorneys, March 17, 2017
- Panelist, “Eastern District of Louisiana Civil Pro Bono Panel,” New Orleans Federal Bar Association, April 2016
- Author, amicus brief on behalf of 63 law professors in support of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s efforts to compel the Department of Justice to publicly disclose its Federal Criminal Discovery Blue Book, filed in NACDL v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, No. 15-5051 (D.C. Cir. 2015)
- Panelist, “Media 101: What to Do When a Reporter Calls,” New Orleans Bar Association, December 2014
- Author, “Constance McMillen: Extending the Rights of LGBT Students,” American Bar Association, January 2011
Alysson currently represents or recently represented:
- Bankruptcy trustee for failed Mississippi public hospital in lawsuit against the hospital’s auditor and directors and officers
- Mississippi beer distributor in lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch alleging tortious interference with contract and violations of Mississippi Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act
- Louisiana retirees who lost more than $50 million in lawsuit against their investment advisors
- Louisiana landowners in lawsuit against Motiva arising from multi-million dollar property dispute
- Universal Music Group in federal copyright lawsuit
- The New York Times, The Times-Picayune, and other media outlets in defamation lawsuits filed in federal and state courts
- New Orleans upscale shopping center in lawsuits to enforce commercial leases
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court