ROBERT L. McMILLAN, Jr.
Robert L. McMillan, Jr., was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina where he attended the Raleigh Public Schools. He graduated from Wake Forest University and the Law School of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, class of 1949.
He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. He has practiced law in Raleigh - with time out for service during the Korean War - since licensed in 1949.
For some time he was an associate in the firm of Douglass and McMillan, of which, his father was a partner. His duties consisted of appellate brief preparation and trials of criminal misdemeanors.
Thereafter, he served as prosecutor of the Raleigh Municipal Court for several years, following which he opened an office for the general practice of law.
In the early years of his more than fifty years of practice, he handled a variety of types of cases and legal problems. As time went on he became primarily a trial lawyer in the field of criminal defense.
His practice has included a myriad of misdemeanor and felony cases, including numerous homicide cases and other charges of lesser magnitude.
He has served as president of the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers, the Tenth Judicial District Bar Association and the Wake County Bar Association. He also represented the Tenth Judicial District Bar as councilor with the North Carolina State Bar for a period of ten years.
The North Carolina Bar Association has named him a member of its General Practice of Law Hall of Fame, and the Wake County Bar Association named him as the first recipient of the Chief Justice Joseph Branch Professionalism Award.
His involvement in the civic and religious affairs of the community include service for many years as a scoutmaster of Troop #306 of the Occoneechee Council of Boy Scouts of America, for which service he was recognized with the Silver Beaver Award. Also, he has served as commander of Raleigh Post Number One of the American Legion and as president of the Raleigh Rotary Club.
He is a life-time member of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, serving in various roles including Deacon chair and Sunday school teacher.
He and his wife, Virginia Maynard McMillan, now deceased, have six children and sixteen grandchildren.
Former Areas of Practice
Wake County Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers