Carl Mullis graduated in 1972 from Yale University, and in 1975, he graduated with distinction from Emory Law. After graduation, Mullis joined the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice under its honors program. As a senior trial attorney for the Antitrust Division for 11 years, Mullis conducted numerous grand jury investigations and criminal antitrust trials in five Southern states.
From 1986 until 2001, Mullis was a partner at Long, Aldridge & Norman LLP, where he was head of the antitrust group. From 2001 until his retirement, he was of counsel at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker LLP. In private practice, Mullis provided antitrust counseling and litigated antitrust cases for a number of Fortune 100 companies. He also litigated securities class actions and complex business disputes. During his career, Mullis handled appeals before U.S. Court of Appeal for the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 11th circuits, and he was selected by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in both antitrust and general commercial litigation.
Mullis served as a chair of the Antitrust Section of the State Bar of Georgia and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He also served on the Emory Law School Council and on the Executive Committee of the Emory Law School Alumni Association.
Since his graduation from law school, Mullis has been an avid student of, and collector of, American art. He was a guest curator of an exhibit on American prints at the High Museum of Art. The Carlos Museum and the Georgia Museum of Art have each had several exhibits of work from his collection. In recent years, Mullis has focused on collecting self-taught Southern art and has contributed to two books on the subject. Mullis serves as chair of the board of advisers of the Georgia Museum of Art.
The award ceremony was held Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Emory Law’s Tull Auditorium. A cocktail reception followed in Hunter Atrium.