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Tracey Michael Milan

DUI and DWI Attorney at San Luis Obispo, CA

4.3   12 reviews

also known as Trace Milan

  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Tracey

Learn Tracey’s areas of practice.

Prior to his formal education Mr. Milan enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a ceremonial drill team commander and  field corpsman/combat medic with the United States Marine Corps during Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm.


For his undergraduate studies he attended Arizona State University and was awarded a Regent's Scholarship for speech and debate.


Mr. Milan is a graduate of the Pepperdine University School of Law.  As a student at Pepperdine, Mr. Milan participated in the Honors Trial Team and completed the Pepperdine University "trial track" degree program.       


During his Legal Studies Mr. Milan clerked at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Compton Division and the Santa Barbara Public Defender's  Santa Maria Division.


Ultimately choosing Criminal Defense, Mr. Milan has spent his entire career, defending clients in the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Superior Courts.  


"My proudest in court achievement is winning a not guilty verdict in a "3 Strikes"  jury trial where the prosecutor was allowed to play a recording of the defendant admitting to most (but not all) of the elements of the crime."


"My proudest out of court achievement was negotiating a settlement with Cal Poly University that allowed my client to remain as a student and complete their degree although the client was directly involved in the hazing death of a fellow student."   



The Law Office of Trace Milan
3940-7 Broad Street Suite 318
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401

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Posted by Evgeny | November 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The great attorney!
Mr. Milan is a great attorney! Experienced and knowledgeable, he is a true courtroom heavyweight, dedicated to his clients. I hired him to defend a DV case. The service fee is not cheap, but it is fair and predictable - no surprises and well worth it. As a result, all goals were achieved! I highly recommend this lawyer! Для русскоязычных: Очень хороший адвокат, прям повезло, что нанял его, - держит слово, очень компетентный и опытный. Кейс - домашнее насилие. Недешево, но его услуги стоят того, и нет "доилова". Уверенно держал защиту, решил все вопросы на 100%, не смотря на жесткое давление прокурора. Очень рекомендую!
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Posted by Lisa | July 23, 2019
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Trace Milan is the best !!!
Trace is an amazing attorney with strong work ethics and compassion for his clients. Trace represented my son in a very delicate mental health case. Trace was there for our son 150% and then some. There are so many wonderful things to say about Trace, there is just not enough space to write them all. if you need a reliable, competent and trustworthy attorney who will go above and beyond, Trace Milan is the attorney for you !!!
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Posted by Blair | October 29, 2018
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Very Reliable
Trace was fantastic and very trusting! I was an out of state client and couldn’t make it to court,but he represented me. He did great work and got my fine down from $2,900 to $500! He made the whole experience very stress free.
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2018
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Local business owner
Trace Milan has been a fantastic lawyer for us. After initially hiring someone in the North County who didn’t seem to have a clue where to start, we found Trace Milan on line. We were faced with a DUI that should never have gone up. Trace worked diligently to get a trial on the dubiousness of administering the breathalyzer. We won. My case was eventually reduced to a wet-and-reckless, which I agreed to, to avoid the expense and hassle of a jury trial. I believe Trace would have won a trial also. Then after a certain amount of time passed, Trace petitioned to have my probation reduced. And he won that. Trace knows the ins and outs of working these cases, and offered valuable advice pertaining to DMV and insurance issues. Something my first lawyer knew nothing of. Trace Milan has been mindful, conscientious, timely, professional, and was fairly priced. Although I don’t plan on seeing him again, I would recommend his services to anyone who might have the need.
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Posted by Beverly | April 18, 2017
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Trace Milan
Trace represented my nephew who is like a son to me, he had a very serious charge and Trace was there every step of the way, not only to offer legal advice but to present to myself and my nephew straight forward facts. we would contact him again if needed and will refer him when ever necessary. Thank you Trace, you are the best.
Posted by Raul Quintana | March 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing man and attorney
Trace helped me with my dui case and was always on top of things he always keeping me in the loop he's worth every cent I'll always keep retaining amazing man
Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2015
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Great Lawyer Got Me Great Results
I hired Trace to fight my domestic violence case. An eye witness reported to the police that I had punched my girlfriend in the face and dragged her on her knees (on the concrete) by her hair. I tried to explain to the prosecutor what actually happened but they would not listen to me. Trace heard me out and stood by me. It took several months but in the end he got the domestic violence charge dropped and I didn't have to go to jail. He was also able to persuade the Judge not issue a restraining order that would have kicked me out of my own house. He explained the case to me, he answered my questions, he took payments and even worked with me when I was late on my payments. He is easy to talk to and he always treated me like a person not a criminal. I would recommend Trace to anyone considering hiring a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2015
Peace of Mind
Trace has had our back and given great advice and representation throughout our legal troubles. He was attentive to our needs and explained all our options upfront. He is passionate about his work and does a great job! Thank you Trace, we will keep sending people your way!
Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2015
You Gotta Get This Guy
Trace works hard, knows what he is doing, keeps you informed and gets results. He was always there to return my calls or meet with me in person, he made sure my paperwork was handled correctly and on time, and he got me exactly what I wanted. He also saved me hundreds of dollars in court fees when he discovered a mistake made by the court clerks. I would highly recommend Trace to anyone needing a lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2015
I would highly recommend Trace to anyone needing a lawyer. I was very nervous about my case, but Trace got me everything I wanted and more. He was knowledgeable and aggressive with the other side, but was patient and understanding when answering my questions and explaining the process to me. He was even there to hear me out when my family turned against me as a result of this case. He is a skilled counselor as well as a hard nosed trial lawyer. He treated me like a person and not just a paycheck.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2022
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Stop here
Will milk you dry he is just not a just lawyer. I think he needs to redefine why he got into this profession in the first place. I’ll pray for you sir.
Response from Tracey Milan December 15, 2022
Ms. M., You demanded I lie to a judge in open court and tell him I was retained to conduct a strike felony jury trial when in fact I was not . . . I refused. I do my job for the same reason everyone does, to earn a living.
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2015
Not good
I attained Trace to represent me, after I paid him he never returned my calls or kept me informed on how my case was going. I ended pleaing no contest/guilty, which I probably could of done myself. At least for me I didn't feel like he was on my side, but you can try for yourself, the results can only be better... I hope, being the first review here.
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AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Trace Milan
  • 2007 - 2015


  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Arizona St Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. A.O.
  • DUI dismissed, 0 Days Jail, Wet Reckless Plea
  • People v. A.V.
  • Attempted Murder Charge Dismissed
  • People v. L.R.
  • Case Dismissed
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  • State Bar of California
  • member
  • 2007 - Present
  • San Luis Obispo County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2007 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • member
  • 2007 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Regent's Scholarship
  • Arizona State University
  • 1992
  • National Champion After Dinner Speaking
  • National Forensic's Association
  • 1992
  • Recruit Hall of Fame Class 89918
  • United States Navy
  • 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • Santa Barbara Business College
  • Probable Cause
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Endorse Tracey
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Trace leaves no stone unturned and will consider every issue presented."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Milan's tireless, staunch, resolute advocacy is incomparable. He truly cares and exhibits compassion with all of his clients. Mr. Milan's creativity, sharpness, and knowledge of the law yield exceptional results in every case. I fully endorse Mr. Milan; you will not be disappointed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Trace Milan is compassionate and cares as to his clients. He is willing to fight aggressively as needed to help defend one of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Trace is an excellent lawyer, well respected in the Bar and by the Court. He will serve his client's interests with diligence and skill and integrity."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Trace Milan is quite simply "A Lawyer's lawyer". Those who know the legal landscape of San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria, know Trace is on the inside of the inner circle. He is personable, smart, resourceful and most of all, he really cares about his clients. On a scale of 1-10 he gets a solid 10 in my book."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer enthusiastically. I first met Tracey in law school while we both attended Pepperdine University School of Law. I was quickly impressed with his amazing ability to analyze complex legal issues and his unending tenacity. A former military medic, Tracey has a unique skill-set and I am very impressed by him as a person. I would wholeheartedly recommend Tracey because he is a good person, cares deeply for his clients and kicks ass in the courtroom. What more could you ask for?"
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San Luis Obispo DUI and DWI Lawyer Tracey Michael Milan
Tracey Michael Milan
DUI and DWI Attorney
San Luis Obispo, CA
Licensed for 17 years