Never ask anyone to do what you havenít done before and wouldnít do again. Thatís a pretty fundamental rule in leadershipÖ treat them like you treat yourself. Things you donít like, they donít like.

      — H. Ross Perot

about us

The McMillan Law Firm is conveniently located in La Mesa, California, minutes away from courts in San Diego County, and is committed to providing superior legal services in a cost effective manner to people and businesses in California. 

At The McMillan Law Firm, we recognize that those who come to us seeking legal assistance are doing so because there is a problem or circumstance where guidance or justice is needed.  Because of this, our lawyers serve our clients with the common understanding that our clients come to us because they have suffered, or are suffering an injustice that needs redress. 

Simply put, each client comes to us with a problem that needs to be fixed.  Whether the problem is an injury or injustice for which we will seek a recovery, or whether the problem presents itself in the form of a meritless lawsuit that needs a defense, we are here to deliver the results that you deserve.

We believe that the proper mission of a lawyer is to selflessly and aggressively advance the ends of justice, and that regardless of our clients’  wealth, status, or circumstance, each client is entitled to be treated with honesty, respect, and dignity.  As such, we have selected talented lawyers capable of providing each client with an aggressive and effective representation designed to deliver maximum results.

You will find a profile for each lawyer of The McMillan Law Firm accessible from the menu on the right hand side of your browser window.  We look forward to serving you.

What We Do

From the first moment a client presents his or her circumstance to us, we analyze the facts to determine the critical path that must be followed to acheive the objective.  Once in awhile, the answer is obvious—a single fact proven, or an issue of law established, and the objective will be realized.  But, usually, case development takes more work and investigation before the defining issues and factual disputes become evident. In our case development, we apply a procedural method that is not typically used by other members of the legal community. We’ve found that the use of our method narrows the issues, places the burden of substantiating adverse allegations on the adversary, and preserves our ability to control admission of evidence at trial.

Our approach is different because, unlike many firms with similar successes and collective background, The McMillan Law Firm has dedicated itself to serving honest, responsible, individuals and businesses. Our clients need their problems solved in the most efficient, yet effective manner possible; they do not have the time or money to have their attorneys flounder around for a solution.

At The McMillan Law Firm our objective is to prepare our clients to emerge victorious from difficulty or conflict.  We do not like to lose, and we take pride in our clients’ successes.  We look forward to hearing from you.

What is Miseris Succurrere Disco

In the epic Aenid, Virgil (70-19 B.C.) depicts Dido receiving the protaganist Aeneas, with the words “Non ignara mali, miseris succerrere disco,” meaning, “Not myself being unacquainted with difficulty, I learn to succor the distressed.”

Virgil’s Aenid

The Vestal Virgins of Rome begin the tale with Aeneas, the Trojan Warrior, describing the end of Troy. The Greek General, Odysseus, comes up with a plan to build a wooden horse. Fifty Greek soldiers hide in the horse while the treacherous spy Sinon convinced the Trojans to accept it. That night the Greeks sacked the city, and Aeneas managed to escape with his father, Anchises, his son, Ascanius, and the other Trojans out of the city and set sail. They attempted twice to establish a city, but were driven away by plagues and bad omens. The gods told them to make a city in Italy, but they were cursed by many, including the Harpies. But they were befriended by others. After the death of Anchises, they were blown off course and land in Carthage. There, they befriended the Queen, Dido, and explained their tale. Dido herself was away from her homeland, and fell in love with Aeneas. But, the gods warned Aeneas that he still had a quest, so he left Dido, who committed suicide out of heartbreak. Aeneas eventually landed in Sicily, where the women and some of the other refugees were beginning to lose hope. Aeneas is visited by his father in a dream, and set sail again for Italy. There, he visited the prophetess, Sibyl of Cumae who takes him to the Underworld. There he is shown the history of Rome, the very land that shall be founded where he lands. The Trojans continue further up the coast to Latium. The King of Latium, Latinus, accepts Aeneas hoping he is the prophesied one to marry his daughter, Lavinia. But the queen, Amata, wished Lavinia to marry the suitor Turnus. Amata and Turnus plan to cause chaos for the Trojans and are given the chance when Aeneas’ son, Ascanius, hunts a stag that is a local’s pet; Turnus, using this, begins a war. Tibernius, the River God, recommends Aeneas to travel northward to get military support of the neighboring villages, while Aeneas’ mother, Venus, gives him weapons forged by Vulcan. When he returns, Aeneas finds that Turnus has attacked the Trojans. Pallas, the son of Aeneas’ new ally Evander, is slain in battle by Turnus, and this causes the rage of Aeneas to give life and cause the deaths to others. They eventually come to a truce so they could bury the dead; they decide that to spare the lives of others, that Aeneas and Turnus would fight each other for the hand of Lavinia, which is strangely similar to the dual between Menelaus and Paris over the hand of Helen. But like the dual in the Iliad, this peace is not kept long and because of a quarrel between the sides, everybody attacks again. Aeneas is wounded in the thigh, but the Trojans began threatening the city. Turnus comes to the battle to defend the city, but Aeneas wounds him badly; Aeneas was about to spare Turnus, but the memory of Turnus mercilessly killing Pallas, made him kill Turnus on the spot. And after this, Aeneas is married to Lavinia.