James E. McMillan

James E. McMillan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in New York, NY

James E. McMillan, P.C.
 | 1 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014-1302
Phone: 212-986-6262
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports (50%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Intellectual Property (10%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    James McMillan is an American lawyer and entrepreneur who specializes in creative business solutions and high stakes dispute resolution in the entertainment industry. Known for turning contacts into contracts, he is often sought to craft inventive solutions for artists, athletes, executives and major corporations who are looking to build and protect their brands.


    These solutions cover the full gamut of transactional matters, including talent and recording agreements, joint ventures, brand licensing agreements and tour sponsorships. It also covers the area of intellectual property. Here, McMillan advises and represents clients in matters pertaining to ownership to rights of their songs, their recordings and their brands. When necessary, McMillan will zealously litigate for his clients in court.


    McMillan’s understanding of entertainment law is augmented by his experience in virtually all facets of the industry. In addition to being a lawyer, he has worked as a producer, a manager, is currently the Co-CEO of the branding company, EST 19XX, LLC, and is the founder of gothamcityesq.com, a legal entertainment business website.


    James McMillan believes in giving back to the legal, civic and industry communities of which he is a part. His firm has mentored over 30 young law students in the field of entertainment law; he sits on the board of Kicked It in Heels (KIH), an organization dedicated to ending health care disparities for minority and young breast cancer survivors; and is very active in several legal and entertainment organizations committed to improving the lives of young artists.

    About James McMillan

    Admitted: 1999, New York

    Professional Webpage: http://www.jamesemcmillanpc.com/about-us/jamesmcmillan/


    • James McMillan was recognized by NERVE (an organization of 2500 DJs and 2000 artists, promoters, bloggers and label representatives) for his contributions to the hip hop industry., Legends Award, NERVE DJ's Coaliion, 2016

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Licensed to practice law in New York.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member of Black Entertainment Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA).
    • Member, New York Bar Association
    • Member, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board Member of Kicked It In Heels which is dedicated to ending health care disparities for minority and young breast cancer survivors. 
    • Member of GRAMMY Urban Committee
    • Board Member, Baller Alert Foundation, 2017
    • Developed in-house law clinic at own firm. To date, this clinic has helped over 30 young attorneys get their start in entertainment law.
    • Board member, ShortsHD ShortsHD is the global home to the world's highest quality short movies, where short stories come to life 24/7 in stunning high definition. Available across the USA, Europe and Africa, the Channel brings audiences captivating live action, animation and documentary short movies from filmmakers across six continents., 2017
    • Pro Bono legal services offered to victims of Katrina.
    • Board member of Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Regular speaker on panels for such organizations as Broadcast Music Inc., TSU Law, Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyer's Association, Speaker, Entertainment


    • Negotiated deal for Machine Gun Kelly to become the face of John Varvatos Fall/Winter clothing line., 2017
    • Circa13 multi-million dollar joint venture with Def Jam Records for artists Bibi Bourelly, Earl St. Clair and Troi, 2016
    • Joint venture with Atlantic Records to produce for YBN Nahmir, YBN Almighty Jay and SK8 , 2017
    • Executive Producer on the Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) album, "Bloom" (2017) which was Gold Certified by the Recording Industry association of America.   McMillan had previously served as Executive Producer on two other MGK albums:  "General Admission" (2015) and "Lace Up" (2012).  , 2017
    • Major record deal for Justine Skye with Rockefeller Records. Previously negotiated agreement and subsequent termination between Skye and Atlantic Records., 2015
    • Formed Company EST 19XX, LLC with partner Machine Gun Kelly and brokered multi-million dollar deal with SEan Combs Bad Boy Records and Interscope Records. , 2012
    • High Bridge The Label multi-million dollar joint venture with Atlantic Records for artists A-Boogie and DonQ, 2016

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Tay-K Was a 17-Year-Old ‘Violent Fugitive.’ Then His Song Went Viral. -New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/22/arts/music/tay-k-the-race-criminal-charges.html?mwrsm=Email (Article cites James McMillan's role in working with Tay-K) , 2017
    • Served as a panelist on blogging at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Conference., 2017
    • Featured in Huffington Post (Feb., 2017): "How One Black lawyer is Changing the Music Industry by Fighting for Artists' Rights", 2017
    • Deregulation vs. Net Neutrality: What's the Future for Online Content Creators?Lawyer Monthly Magazinehttps://www.lawyer-monthly.com/issues/2017/lm-03-17-hq/#34


    • Founder of gothamcityesq.com, a legal entertainment business website which posts regular news about the entertainment industry.

    Educational Background:

    • Juris Doctor degree from TSU law school.
    • LLM, Trial Advocacy, Temple University
    • Hampton University (BA), Texas Southern University (LAW), Temple University
    • Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 1997

    Industry Groups

    • Entertainment
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    Office Location for James E. McMillan

    1 Little West 12th Street
    New York, NY 10014-1302

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    Last Updated: 5/19/2020

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