Attorney Scott R. McMillen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Government from Florida State University in 1976, and his Doctor of Law degree from Emory University in 1979. He has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1980 and the State Bar of Georgia since 1979.
Martindale-Hubbell has rated Mr. McMillen “AV Preeminent – 5.0 out of 5.″ This is the highest rating given and according to Martindale, this certification is a testament to the fact that Mr. McMillen’s attorney peers consider him to have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, and also as having very high ethical standards. Martindale-Hubbell is the oldest lawyer rating service in the world, having first been published in the 1860’s.
Mr. McMillen has achieved an Avvo rating of “Superb – 10 out of 10.″ This also is the highest score given. In rating lawyers, Avvo uses a model that considers a lawyer’s years in practice, an absence of disciplinary history, professional achievements, and industry recognition, which are all factors highly relevant to assessing a lawyer’s qualifications. In the Avvo system, all lawyers are rated by the exact same standards using a mathematical model to ensure that the rating system is completely unbiased. As with the Martindale-Hubbell ratings, there is no rating favoritism and lawyers cannot pay to be rated, or pay to improve their rating.
Throughout his highly successful career, Mr. McMillen has been very active in community and professional organizations. He has financially supported and served on the boards of many charitable and community arts organizations.
Mr. McMillen has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Florida Justice Association, which is the large statewide organization of plaintiff trial lawyers in Florida (formerly called The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers). He has twice served as Chairman of the Florida Justice Association’s Malpractice Committee.
He has been elected by his peers to serve as the President of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association, President of the Orange County Bar Association, President of the Orange County Legal Aid Society, and as a Governor of the Florida Bar Association (the statewide organization that, under the direction of the Florida Supreme Court, governs every licensed lawyer in the State of Florida).
Mr. McMillen is frequently invited to give lectures and presentations for other trial lawyers and trial lawyer organizations. Along with his attorney daughter, Allison McMillen, he currently serves as the author of the malpractice law column in the monthly Journal of the Florida Justice Association, which is distributed to thousands of attorneys statewide.
He and his daughter also co-authored a chapter in the Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook, Second Edition, published by The Florida Bar Association in 2009. Other important malpractice publications by Mr. McMillen include “The Overlooked Emergency Room Cause of Action” Vol. LXXI, No. 10 The Florida Bar Journal (Nov. 1997), and “The Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations” Vol. LXX, No. 2 The Florida Bar Journal (Feb. 1996). He founded the McMillen Law Firm in 1988, and in addition he currently is Senior Counsel to Paul Knopf Bigger, PLLC.