His late father, Coleman Mullins was a steel mill laborer for approximately 45 years and his mother, Carrie Mullins worked as janitor for a local doctor.
In order to raise his
seven children, Judge Mullins* father worked extra jobs including, as a janitor for a law firm.At about 12 years of age, Judge Mullins
began assisting his
father as a janitor until he
left for college.While cleaning the offices, he
became interested in the law while looking through some law books in the library.His
parents instilled the values of hard work, diligence and timeliness, which have served as guideposts throughout his
adult life. Judge Mullins received his B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in 1974.After completing a two year management training program with General Electric in Louisville, Kentucky, he returned to Bowling Green to earn an MBA in 1977.For the next five years he served as an Instructor of Management in the School of Business Administration at Bowling Green.While teaching, Judge Mullins began law school at the University of Toledo in 1979, graduating magna cum laude in June 1982.Judge Mullins was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif.After graduation, Judge Mullins joined the Toledo firm of Cooper, Straub, Walinski & Cramer, where his primary focus was civil litigation.While in practice, Judge Mullins taught trial practice as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo.Judge Mullins
wife (Beverly) and son (Derek) moved to Atlanta in 1987, when he
joined the Financial Restructuring Group
of Kilpatrick & Cody
, one of the oldest and largest Atlanta law firms (now known as Kilpartick Stockton).In 1993, Judge Mullins became just the second African-American partner in the firm*s history. Judge Mullins
is a frequent speaker at various local, regional and national professional conferences, seminars and workshops.Judge Mullins is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Commercial Law League of America and the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.He also serves on the Board of Directors for St. Judes Recovery Center, Inc.
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