Paul Knopf Bigger
Scott R. McMillen is a medical malpractice specialist and has been successfully handling medical malpractice cases for over 3 decades. 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 practices with two law firms in Florida. He founded McMillen Law Firm in 1988, which continues to actively represent malpractice victims in Florida and Georgia, and in December 2020 he also became Senior Counsel (sometimes referred to as “Of Counsel”) to the law firm of Paul Knopf Bigger, PLLC, working exclusively on medical malpractice claims within that law firm also.
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 in the last 3 editions of Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of medical malpractice. 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.
Mr. McMillen has been rated as a SUPER LAWYER® by Thomson Reuters. The patented selection process to be chosen by SUPER LAWYERS® includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Thomson Reuters Corporation is a large multi-national corporation.
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.
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.
He is has twice 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).