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Lance McMillian

Lance McMillian

Associate Professor


404-872-3593 Ext. 124


B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Phi Beta Kappa

J.D., University of Georgia, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif

Courses Taught

Constitutional Law; Law Office Management; Torts; Depositions

Career Highlights

SSRN Papers

Professor McMillian joined the John Marshall faculty in 2007. Before embarking on a teaching and writing career, Professor McMillian wore many different hats in the legal profession, including those of civil litigator, commercial arbitrator, and certified mediator. The focus of his practice centered primarily on complex litigation – class action prosecution and defense, business torts, constitutional torts, and discrimination. In 2002, he became a founding partner of the law firm of McMillian & Camp, LLP. Following its inception, the firm was approved as lead counsel by numerous federal and state courts in class and collective actions arising under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. In this role, Professor McMillian successfully negotiated a number of six and seven-figure settlements. As a neutral, Professor McMillian mediated and arbitrated over 100 active lawsuits. Professor McMillian is a prolific scholar whose work has appeared or will soon appear in journals such as the North Carolina Law Review, the Washington and Lee Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Alabama Law Review, the Tennessee Law Review, the Southern Cal Interdisciplinary Law Journal, and the American Journal of Trial Advocacy. He also contributed a chapter for LAWYERS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM! LAW ON TELEVISION, a book project from the American Bar Association that featured essays from actors Sam Waterston and James Woods. His scholarly work has been cited by a number of federal and states courts, including an opinion by Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor McMillian is married to the Honorable Carla Wong McMillian, State Court Judge, Fayette County, Georgia, who finished two spots ahead of him in their law school class.


Defending the Heartbalm Torts, NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW (forthcoming)

Drug Markets, Fringe Markets, and the Lessons of Hamsterdam, WASHINGTON AND LEE LAW REVIEW (forthcoming)

The World of Deadwood: Property Rights and the Search for Human Identity, SOUTHERN CAL INTERDISCIPLINARY LAW JOURNAL (2011)(WITH MICHAEL B. KENT JR.) (forthcoming)

Atticus Finch – Christian?, 77 TENNESSEE LAW REVIEW 739 (2010)

Atticus Finch as Racial Accommodator: Answering Malcolm Gladwell, 77 TENNESSEE LAW REVIEW 701 (2010)

The Death of Law: A Cinematic Vision, 32 ARKANSAS LITTLE ROCK LAW REVIEW 1 (2009)

Property and Sovereignty in HBO’s Deadwood in PROPERTY, EXCLUSION, AND SOVEREIGNTY (James Smith ed. 2011) (WITH MICHAEL B. KENT JR.) (forthcoming)

All Roads Lead to Rome, Wisconsin: Judge Henry Bone, Douglas Wambaugh, and the Strange World of Picket Fences in LAWYERS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM! LAW ON TELEVISION (Michael Asimow ed. 2009)

Tortured Souls: Unhappy Lawyers Viewed Through the Medium of Film, ___ SETON HALL J. SPORTS & ENT. L. ____ (2008)

The Proper Role of Courts: The Mistakes Of The Supreme Court In Leegin, 2008 WISC. LAW REV. 405 (2008)

The Nuisance Settlement “Problem”: The Elusive Truth and a Clarifying Proposal, 31 AM. J. TRIAL ADVOC. 221 (2007)

The Judicial Legitimization of Horizontal Price-Fixing Among Partially Integrated Health Care Providers: An Antitrust/Health Care Case Study, 50 ALA. L. REV. 465 (1999)(CO-AUTHOR)

Adultery as Tort, 90 NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW 1987 (2012)