Campbell Law School

The Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic


Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard announced the Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic on August 11, 2014. Named after prominent North Carolina bankruptcy and civil litigation attorney Trawick H. “Buzzy” Stubbs, Jr., the clinic is hosted within the U.S. Bankruptcy Court at the historic Century Station Federal Building on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, where Leonard previously presided as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

David F. Mills, a 1991 Campbell Law graduate, joined the law school effective December 1, 2014 as the first director of the Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic. In addition to his duties at Campbell Law, Mills’ continues his private bankruptcy practice. Prior to returning to Campbell Law, he completed a five-year stint as county attorney for Johnston County, North Carolina.

A native of Trenton in eastern North Carolina, Mills is a Double Camel, having also received his undergraduate degree from Campbell University. Upon graduation from Campbell Law, he began his legal career in Johnston County becoming partner a Mast, Schulz, Mast, Mills, Johnson & Wells, P.A., in Smithfield, North Carolina.

Mills opened his own practice in January 2007 representing individuals and businesses before the Bankruptcy Court.  He is a leading attorney in the field of farm bankruptcy and reorganization. A member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Mills frequently speaks to other attorneys and groups regarding bankruptcy rights and practices.

Mills has held leadership roles in numerous professional organizations throughout his career, and currently sits on the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Board of Governors. He formerly chaired the NCBA’s Law Practice Management Section and served on the NCBA’s Professionalism Committee. He has also served on the North Carolina Advocates for Justice’s Legislative Affairs Committee.

Outside of the legal profession, Mills has consistently championed community service. He is currently Chair of the Johnston-UNC Health Foundation.  He has also chaired the Trustees Committee of Centenary United Methodist Church and was Vice-Chair of the church’s Finance Committee.  Mills has served on the Boards of Directors of the Johnston County Tourism Authority and the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation.  He has also served as Chairman of the Board for the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce.