Robert F. Mills is a life-long resident of the Cape and prominent member of the Wampanoag Tribe, growing up in Falmouth and currently residing in Mashpee, Massachusetts. He is a double Eagle, graduating from Boston College, Cum Laude, in 1980 and Boston College Law School in 1983.
He was a founding member and editor of what is now the Boston College Journal of Law & Social Justice and published a recognized article entitled The Indian Child Welfare Act: The Massachusetts Dilemma.
From 1983 to 1985, Rob was an Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia where he was responsible for misdemeanor trials and felony probable cause hearings.
In 1985 Rob joined the law firm of Smith & Connolly, P.C. in Falmouth, Massachusetts, as Partner, where he handled all aspects of civil and criminal litigation and appellate briefs.
From 1990 to 2019, Rob was a senior counsel with the law firm of Wynn & Wynn, P.C.
From 2009 to the present, Rob has served the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Court, first as a Supreme Court Judge, hearing lower court trials by special designation and later as the Acting Chief Judge responsible for the development of Tribal Rules of Civil, Criminal, and Appellate Procedures and all aspects of court administration.
From 1988 to 2003, he served as General Counsel to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), and was responsible for land into Trust acquisition, negotiation of gaming compact in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MEPA & NEPA review of projects, lead negotiator of Tribe/State Agreement concerning Indian Child Custody proceedings between State and Tribe.
Attorney Mills handles Plaintiffs’/Defendants’ civil litigation, particularly relating to real estate and zoning matters. He also specializes in commercial and residential real estate and has represented Citizen’s Bank of Massachusetts, First Federal Savings Bank, Cape Cod Five, Rockland Trust and other prominent Cape Cod and Statewide banks. He presently represents New Seabury Properties, LLC., and Bayswater Development with residential and commercial development and permitting for New Seabury. He regularly appears before Planning Boards, Boards of Appeal, Boards of Health, Conservation Commissions, and the Department of Environmental Protection.
Rob is an accomplished litigator and well recognized trial attorney, with affiliations to the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Massachusetts Bar Association, and the North America Indian Court Judges Association.
He devotes a substantial amount of time to his community and heritage. He is a long-standing member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe and former Vice President of the Tribal Council. He has served as a regional board member for the Neworld Bank now Citizen’s Bank; Founding member and former member of the Board of Directors of the Kraft Family Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod; Former Vice Chair, Chair and Trustee of the Board of Trustees of Cape Cod Community College (10 years); Moderator of Mashpee Water District (25 years); and member of the Board of Directors of Edward Bangs Kelley Foundation.
In December 2019, Robert joined with his longtime colleague, Michael Princi and formed Princi Mills Law PC.