For over 3 decades we have helped patients and their loved ones put their lives back together. When other attorneys and law firms need help with malpractice cases, they often turn to us to take the lead. We have the resources and experience to take on the biggest defendants and insurance companies and we often take cases that other lawyers are afraid to handle.
We handle malpractice cases throughout Florida. What we are most proud of is that every case we bring is about more than obtaining significant compensation for our clients. Compensation for our clients is of primary importance, but we also focus on cases which will result in improvements in overall patient safety. In fact, all of our clients over the years have been motivated to make sure that what happened to them or their loved one will not happen to other patients.
The money we recover certainly helps our clients cope with the losses they have sustained. But just as important, bringing the right type of case helps ensure that the malpractice is less likely to happen again and injure future patients. When we represent clients who understand this, in addition to the monetary recovery our clients obtain, the knowledge that they have also made a difference in the lives of future patients provides another level of comfort.
A consultation with us is always free. If we accept your case we charge no attorney fee unless there is a successful outcome. We will not ask you for a cost deposit and we advance all expenses of your case. If there is no recovery you owe us nothing for attorney fees or for the expenses we have paid out in the case.
We are very selective in the cases we take, and we turn down more than 300 cases offered to us for every case we accept. That is primarily because we are looking for cases that have a major impact. Not necessarily a high dollar impact, but a high impact on patient safety. We are patient safety attorneys and we are very proud of that.
Scott R. McMillen, has been successfully handling medical malpractice cases for 40 years. He started his legal career representing hospitals and doctors, but for the last 33 years, he has been exclusively representing patients and their families.
Mr. McMillen received his Doctor of Law degree from Emory University in 1979 and his B.S. in 1976 from Florida State University, majoring in Government. He has been licensed to practice law in Florida since 1980, and in Georgia since 1979.
Mr. McMillen has been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Lawyers in America® and his law firm has been recognized as on of the Best Law Firms in America® Recognition by Best Lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and the method used is designed to obtain the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical region and legal practice area.
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Martindale-Hubbell is the oldest lawyer rating service and directory in the world, having first been published in the 1860s. Martindale-Hubbell has rated Mr. McMillen “AV Preeminent – 5 out of 5.″ This is the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell and according to Martindale, this certification is a testament that Mr. McMillen’s attorney peers consider him to have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, and also that he meets very high ethical standards.
Mr. McMillen has achieved an Avvo rating of “Superb – 10 out of 10.″ This also is the highest score given. 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 outstanding career, Mr. McMillen has been highly active in community and professional organizations. He has financially supported and served on the boards of many charitable and community arts organizations. He is has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Florida Justice Association, which is the large statewide organization of trial lawyers in Florida (formerly called The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers). He has twice served as Chairman of the Florida Justice Association’s Medical 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 includes every licensed lawyer in the State of Florida).
For over 20 years Scott McMillen authored the medical malpractice law column in the Journal of the Florida Justice Association which is published monthly and distributed to attorneys statewide. Together with his attorney daughter, Allison C. McMillen, he co-authored the section 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 currently is Senior Counsel to Paul Knopf Bigger, PLLC.