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Scott G. Millard

Scott G. Millard

Practice areas:

Litigation, Criminal Defense, Family

About Me

Scott G. Millard is an associate attorney with Cohen Battisti, Attorneys at Law. He is originally from the Stanton, Montcalm County area, attending and graduating from Central Montcalm Highschool. Upon Graduation he attended Central Michigan University, where he attaind a bachelor's degree in Earth Science and Social Science, with a minor in Legal Studies.


 


Scott received a scholarship to attend the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School Of Law in Orlando, Florida. While in law school, Scott was a member of the Student Bar Association.  He also achieved Sweet 16 and Elite 8 finishes in consecutive years at the Robert F. Wagner National Moot Court Competition, held at the New York Law School in New York City, New York. The field of competitors included 46 teams from Law Schools located in states across the United States.  This provided Scott with both substantial legal writing and oral advocacy practice and experience.


 


While in law school Scott spent a week volunteering in New Orleans, Lousiana, where he worked at the Orleans Parish Public Defender's Office. While there he did legal work on a First Degree Murder case, including writing a motion to suppress evidence and a motion for De Novo Review. Scott also did an externship, clerking for the Honorable Anthony H. Johnson, Juvenile Division Administrative Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Florida. While there he aided judges by providing research and writing for both Juvenile Delinquency and Child Dependancy issues.


 


Scott served as an intern for the Honorable Suzanne Hoseth-Kreeger, Chief Judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit Court for Montcalm and Ionia Counties. Scott's work with Judge Hoseth-Kreeger involved legal research and writing in criminal, appellate, civil, and family law issues.


 


Scott began his legal career with Miel & Carr, PLC located in Montcalm County, Michigan.  While there Scott was able to learn from two experienced trial attorneys that specialize in criminal defense.  In addition to the cases Scott handled, Scott was able to work hand in hand with his supervising attorneys on many types of cases including cases involving sex offenses, child pornography, and serious drug felonies.


 


Scott gained significant noteriety from a publicized instance of being held in contempt by the Honorable Kenneth Post, District Court Judge for Ottawa County, Hudsonville, when Scott refused to allow his client to make certain admissions contrary to his client's Fifth Amendment right to, among other things, remain silent.  Specifically, the court demanded that the client answer questions about past drug use that certainly had the potential for being inculpatory in nature. 


 


After three hours in jail, news stories by many West Michigan news papers, and several televised stories on Wood TV 8, the contempt ruling was overturned by the Honorable Edward Post (no relation).  Since this time a Judicial Tenure Commission Complaint is currently being investigated against the Honorable Kenneth Post and Scott has been granted a standing order for the disqualification of Judge Kenneth Post until the completion of this investigation.


 


Scott has attended several trial skills training seminars including: The National Criminal Defense College, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College, Defender Summer School, and the many Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan quarterly training seminars.  


 


Scott recently relocated to the State of Florida and accepted a position with Cohen Battisti, Attorneys at Law in Winter Park, Florida.  As an attorney with Cohen Battisti, Scott has expanded his practice to include civil litigation with insurance companies that attempt to short change homeowners that suffer sudden water losses to their property.


 


Scott has quickly developed a reputation for being prepared, capable, and unafraid of standing up for his client's rights. Scott would be happy to do this for you.  

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2011

  1. Litigation: 34%
    2 years
  2. Family: 33%
    4 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 33%
    4 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($300-350/hour), Contingent (30-33%), Fixed (Always), Retainer (Always), Pro Bono (1%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Joshua Blanchard

    Scott has the knowledge, skills, and experience to effectively represent people facing criminal charges. When deciding who you're going to hire to represent you, you ought to give consideration to how hard the attorney will fight for you. Scott has the drive and work ethic necessary to fight for your rights. If you're facing criminal charges or have another legal issue that requires an effective advocate, you should call Scott.

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    Joshua Blanchard Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Thomas S. Hudson

    Scott Millard is a true warrior. I have never met him, but he lives up to the example set by Brendan Sullivan, when he told a United States Senator, "I am not a potted plant. I am a lawyer." I have read the transcript of him standing up to Judge Kenneth Post, who was trying to browbeat him into not doing his job. From a 30-year veteran of the trial trenches, my profound admiration to this young lawyer for a job well done.

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    Thomas Hudson DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Cohen Battisti, Attorneys at Law

1211 N. Orange Avenue
Suite 200
Winter Park, FL, 32789

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing201405/07/2015
MIActive And In Good Standing201103/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Simple Justice Lawyer With Balls AwardSimple Justice - New York Criminal Defense Blog2012

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyCohen Battisti, Attorneys at Law2014 - Present
AssociateMiel & Carr, PLC2011 - 2014

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganMember2012 - Present
Michigan Association for JusticeMember2011 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Ex Parte Temporary Custody for FatherFather was granted temporary legal custody, physical custody, and parenting time was denied pending a custody order.
Domestic Violence - 2nd OffenseNot Guilty
Possession of Weapon at SchoolNolle Prosequi

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Wood TV 8JTC: Judge Post Should Be Suspended2013
American Bar Association JournalFacing Ethics Case, Judge Says Sorry for Jailing Young Attorney Who Blocked Efforts to Query Client2012
ABA JournalLawyer Jailed For Telling Client To Take The Fifth Amedment2012
ABA JournalTranscript: Told to Sit Down, Be Quiet, Lawyer Blocked Judge’s Drug Queries, Was Jailed for Contempt2012
ABA JournalACLU Backs Young Defense Lawyer Jailed by Judge for Asserting Client’s 5th Amendment Rights2012
Grand Rapids Legal NewsAttorney Appeals Contempt Ruling With Help Of The Legal Community2012
Grand Rapids PressCircuit Court judge tosses out contempt of court charges against attorney2012
Holland SentinelKenneth Post disrespected attorney, trivialized court proceedings, commission alleges2011
Holland SentinelAttorney Scott Millard Appeals Contempt Ruling, ACLUS, Bar Step In2011
Grand Haven TribuneLawyer's Contempt Charge Reversed2011
Holland SentinelACLU, Ottawa County Bar Association protest attorney's contempt charge, jail time2011
Magazine Republic“Hanging Judge” Kenneth Post Gets Slapped Down: Claiming the Right against Self-Incrimination is Not “Contempt of Court”2011
The Daily NewsACLU gets involved on behalf of Stanton attorney2011
Texas Center For Legal EthicsAttorney Courage Sometimes Comes with a Cost2011
American Civil Liberties UnionAttorney Should Not Be Jailed For Asserting Client’s Rights, ACLU, Ottawa County Bar Association and CDAM Tell Court in Brief2011
Daily NewsStanton attorney thrown in jail by Ottawa County judge2011
Grand Rapids Free Press'I'm not interested in what you think,' Hudsonville judge tells lawyer he later finds in contempt2011

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Spring ConferenceN/AUnknown2013
National Criminal Defense College - Trial Skills SeminarN/AN/A2012
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan - Trial CollegeN/AN/A2012
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Central Michigan UniversityEarth Science and Social ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science2006

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Seminole County Law DayIntroduction of cases set for oral argument and introduction to the appellate process2010