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Partner - Richard A. Mills

Richard A. Mills


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Rich Mills is a member of our School Law Practice Group.  Rich represents numerous boards of education and other school law clients throughout Connecticut in labor, employment and school law matters. Rich counsels school law clients in a wide range of school law matters, including student discipline, Board of Education policies, First Amendment issues, Freedom of Information Act issues, residency matters and budgetary matters.  He also advises school law clients extensively on labor and employment matters, including hiring, employee discipline and discharge, teacher non-renewal and termination and grievance arbitration proceedings. Rich also negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of school law clients, covering both certified and non-certified employees.  He has represented numerous clients in mediation and in interest arbitration proceedings.


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Employment & Labor (2006-2013); Schools & Education (2014-2019)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Education Law (2010-2021); Labor Law (2017-2021)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Connecticut School Attorneys Council

Wellness Incentives in Teachers' Contracts

Assisted two school districts in negotiating wellness incentives into their teachers' contracts in 2012. In each case, the incentives are designed to encourage teachers and their enrolled dependents to undergo age-based health screenings, with the goal of preventing serious illness and promoting early diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. In the event that a teacher and the teacher's enrolled dependents do not participate in those screenings, the teacher will be required to pay a higher premium contribution for health insurance.

Performance-based Interest Arbitration Proceedings

Represented a Board of Education in interest arbitration proceedings, in which the arbitration panel awarded the Board's proposed performance-based compensation system for administrators for one year of the contract. The award will permit the district, for the first time, to award additional compensation to administrators based on their performance in various categories set forth in the arbitration award.


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  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1982,
    high distinction

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  • Connecticut
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