H. Mills Gallivan is a shareholder in the firm’s Greenville office. Mills has spent over 37 years as a litigator, serving clients and defending their interests in tort, commercial and occupational injury-related matters. Currently, he focuses his practice on alternative dispute resolution, complex litigation, and workplace practices. Mills is admitted to and has practiced before all levels of South Carolina and Federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
He has learned from over three decades of litigation experience that his clients deserve an aggressive advocate, who will push for a speedy and efficient resolution of their disputes through negotiation when possible and trial when necessary.
Mills was the first Managing Shareholder of Gallivan White & Boyd, and his most recent term as Managing Shareholder ended in 2007. Since that time, Mills has focused on a practice that takes advantage of his experience as a skilled negotiator in thousands of litigated matters. He currently devotes the majority of his practice to Alternative Dispute Resolution as a mediator, arbitrator, negotiator and advocate.
As a mediator, Mills brings to the table a unique skill set. He has broad based legal experience and knowledge of the law. He also has a working knowledge of the South Carolina court system and the personalities of many members of the South Carolina Bar. With his background and perspective, he is able to highlight for the parties, the strengths and weaknesses of their cases and concentrate on the benefits of resolving high stakes litigation prior to trial.
Mills has also dedicated a significant portion of his legal career to improving the profession and mentoring young lawyers. His passion for the law and helping younger lawyers is demonstrated by his many previous and current leadership roles in legal organizations, as well as time given in direct service to the civil justice system. This long history of service was recognized by the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association in the Fall of 2010, when it awarded him the prestigious Robert W. Hemphill Award recognizing a professional life of “distinguished and meritorious service to the legal profession.”
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Articles, Presentations & Publications
Certifications / Specialities
- Certified Arbitrator
- Certified Mediator
Associations & Memberships
- American Bar Association
- South Carolina Bar, Dispute Resolution Council
- Greenville County Bar Association
- Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
- President, 2016-2017
- President-Elect, 2015-2016
- Treasurer/Secretary, 2014-2015
- Senior Director, 2013-2014
- Haynsworth-Perry American Inn of Court, Past President
- National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, Past President
- Nation Foundation of Judicial Excellence, Chairman of the Board
- Past President, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Lawyers for Civil Justice
- South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association
Honors and Awards
- Legal Elite – Workers’ Compensation, Greenville Business Magazine, 2015 – 2016
- 2013 Finalist for Leaders in Law, South Carolina Weekly Magazine
- 2013 Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers Greenville
- Best Lawyers in America
- Arbitration, 2013 to Present
- Mediation, 2013 to Present
- Workers’ Compensation – Employers, 1995 to Present
- Recipient of SCDTAA Robert Hemphill Award, 2010
- DRI Exceptional Performance Citation 2002
- Lifetime Member of the National Registry of Who’s Who
- Transp. Ins. Co. v. S.C. Second Injury Fund, 456 S.E.2d 369 (S.C. 1995)
- Ferguson v. R. F. Moore Constr., 381 S.E.2d 496 (S.C. Ct. App 1989)
- South Carolina Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee, 2008 to Present
- Rotary Club of Greenville: President & Chairman of Rotary Charities, Inc.
- City of Greenville Planning Commission, 2007-2012, Vice Chair 2011
- St. Francis Hospital Foundation, Former Member
- St. Francis Forum Fellow, 2013
- St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Finance Council Member, 2008 to Present
- South Carolina, 1976
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1976
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
- J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1976
- B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1973
Testimonial - Person
Theodore Roosevelt – “Man in the Arena”
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is no effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best know in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.