L. Londell McMillan has recently rejoined the law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf L.L.P., as Partner and Head of Entertainment, Media and Sports. Mr. McMillan was the Founder and Chairman of The McMillan Firm and NorthStar Business Enterprises, Inc. where he specializes in the law of business and commercial transactions, litigation, communications, intellectual property, and government affairs. Mr. McMillan's elite client list includes legendary artists, professional sports clients, authors, executives and businesses in the communications, media, entertainment, retail and real estate industries. Over the years, he has represented celebrity icons, such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Usher, Roberta Flack, Ciara, L.L. Cool J, Kanye West, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Spike Lee, Russell Simmons and many other notables. In addition, Mr. McMillan has also represented media clients such as Mercedes Benz, the New York Times, Screenvision, the Source Magazine and Radio One on entertainment matters.
Mr. McMillan was the recipient of The National Law Journal's 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers, 2008 and the prestigious MBBA Haywood W. Burns, Lawyer of the Year Award 2001. Featured on the cover of Black Enterprise Magazine's December 2003 issue and recognized as one of America's Top Lawyers, Londell was also honored alongside Ken Chenault and Richard Parsons among Crain Magazine's 100 Most Powerful Leaders in 2003. Mr. McMillan is a recent co-owner and Executive Publisher of the new and re-focused legendary Source Magazine. McMillan is also one of the co-owners and partners with real-estate developer Bruce Ratner and Jay-Z in the New Jersey Nets NBA team they intend to bring the sports franchise to his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, as part of a major 4.5 billion dollar mixed-use commercial, retail and residential development project known as the Atlantic Yards among other landmark real-estate development projects with affiliation to the arts, entertainment or sports world.
Before founding The McMillan Firm, Mr. McMillan worked with the prominent entertainment and commercial litigation law firm of Gold, Farrell & Marks. During Mr. McMillan's earlier years, he practiced corporate law at the law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, L.L.P., where he counseled multi-media companies (i.e., Time-Warner Cable and The Discovery Channel), private and publicly-held corporations and financial institutions. Prior to that he worked with Athletes and Artists, Inc. as a sports agent, while attending college and law school.
Mr. McMillan was born in the Tompkins project houses of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; he is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical high school, the School for Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, and New York University School of Law. Mr. McMillan is an honors graduate and Academic All American mentioned student-athlete who played on the Cornell University football team. While in law school, Mr. McMillan was the Northeast Regional Director of the National Black Law Students Association. He is admitted to practice law in the States of New York and Connecticut. Mr. McMillan has served on the Alumni Council of Cornell Board of Trustees at Cornell University as well as alumni boards at New York University School of Law. In December 1989, Mr. McMillan was the co-founder of the New York City Minority Roundtable for large corporate law firms, in association with the Bar Association of the City of New York. Mr. McMillan is a faculty member with the Practicing Law Institute; lecturer and featured subject of the distinguished Harvard Business School Case Study; and author of numerous published legal articles and periodicals. Mr. McMillan is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York State Bar Association. Mr. McMillan has received numerous honors, awards and citations as well as regularly appears on television, radio programs, forums and legislative hearings for his insight and commentary. Recently, Mr. McMillan was a guest and commentator on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
An advocate of human and artists' rights, Mr. McMillan is General Counsel for the NAACP, Brooklyn Branch, as well as General Counsel and co-founder for the Artist Empowerment Coalition (AEC), a non-profit coalition of artists, musicians, performers, songwriters, educators and civic advocates, organized to use the gift and creation of music, art and culture to educate children, revitalize the community, as well as promote changes in the relationships between artists and companies that exploit their creative works.