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Georgia K. McMillen

Mediation Attorney at Honolulu, HI

5.0   11 reviews

About Georgia

Learn Georgia’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    25%
    Federal and state criminal appeals concerning a range of cases including tax fraud, mortgage fraud, corruption, murder in aid of racketeering, espionage, arms export control violations, drug trafficking.

    34 years, 100 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    Criminal defense on appeal in federal and state courts; sentencing proceedings; petitions and motions for post-conviction relief.

    34 years, 90 cases

  3. Family
    25%
    Family law, divorce, custody, pre-decree & post-decree relief, mediation, appeals.

    17 years, 15 cases

  4. Mediation
    25%
    Mediation, arbitration and neutral services concerning insurance disputes, family law and marriage dissolution, residential construction defects, business and commercial contracts.

    11 years, 60 cases

Ms. McMillen’s law office emphasizes counseling and zealous representation of clients in difficult situations.
 
In litigation, she has extensive sentencing, appellate and post-conviction litigation experience, having successfully represented clients on appeal from convictions and sentences imposed in both federal and state courts.  She has reversed convictions, sentences and achieved sentence reductions.  She has represented numerous clients before the Hawai`i state appellate courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She also has extensive experience representing clients before the United States District Court in sentencing proceedings, and post-sentencing proceedings including Rule 35 motions for reduction of sentence.  She coauthored the Ninth Circuit’s Appellate Practice Guide and has written articles for the Hawai`i Bar Journal on appellate matters.  She serves as a mentor attorney in the Ninth Circuit's mentoring program.

In alternative dispute resolution, she is a mediator, arbitrator and neutral specializing in the resolution of disputes throughout the State of Hawai’i.  Legal counsel, their clients and other mediators consistently hold her in high regard for her knowledge of the law and subject matter of a case, as well as her ability to listen, keep everyone focused, and assist in building lasting agreements.  As a mediator she is known for her skill in helping floundering parties articulate the problem and find solutions, her stamina during negotiations, her ability to provide reality-checks in difficult situations and her pursuit of settlement. 

Licensed for 34 years
State HI
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/22/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1988
Updated 06/28/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 11/05/2022

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

Contact Georgia

Law Office of Georgia K. McMillen
Pauahi Tower
1003 Bishop Street, Suite 2700
Honolulu, HI, 96813
Law Office of Georgia K. McMillen
P.O. Box 1512
Wailuku Maui, HI, 96793
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely capable and thorough
I hired Ms McMillen to complete my divorce proceedings and attempt to alter orders that were left a mess by my prior attorney, who created a legal mess. Ms McMillen took the time to meet with me and research my case to explore what options, if any, were available to me prior to accepting a retainer and agreeing to provide services, which gave me an outline for how we could proceed. Throughout the process, I found her to be responsive and available. She was very upfront about what was possible and realistic. All of her work was detailed and complete and we were able to complete my case and receive all the orders necessary to keep my child safe. I am so appreciative that Ms McMillen agreed to take on my messy case when no one else would, and would recommend her to anyone looking for an honest, competent lawyer in Maui. Even though I had moved out of state, I felt like I received a high level of service and attentiveness to my case.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Compassionate and knowledgeable
Georgia is very knowledgeable and compassionate. I was referred to her by a friend who used to be an attorney. I had called her for a consultation to gain some perspective on my case and to see if I should drop my lawyer. She really listens and gave very realistic advice. I would much rather hire someone as diligent as Georgia instead.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very thorough and knowledgeable Lawyer
I had a very difficult legal issue and went to Ms. McMillen. I really appreciated how thorough she was and her depth of knowledge on solutions to my problem. She was kind and generous, willing to listen to me yet, She didn't give me false hope but was directly to the point which I appreciated very much. I know some lawyers will give you lots of hope on a very difficult matter because that is how they make their living... Ms. McMillen right up front didn't want to give me false hope but was very clear about my case. She listened to me, heard me out and gave me her honest opinion. I felt that for her level of expertise I was getting a great deal by going with her. I really couldn't ask for more in an attorney
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thorough and honest!
Georgia was honest and very complete in her review of my case. She could have accepted my money and fought a case that was likely a losing battle. But rather than looking at financial gain she did the best she could with my budget and gave me sound advice. She went above and beyond for me and I sincerely appreciate her.
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, I'd definitely use her again
I have used Georgia McMillen several times in the past. She is diligent, immediately available and digs in and gets the job done. Best of all she takes the time to explain things to me so that I understand my alternatives and the next move to make. To be honest, before her I was not pleased with lawyers but she turned my thinking around. Now I know there are good lawyers out there and she is the best I have found.
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Posted by Francisco | September 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
good lawyer and great person
I was in Afghanistan when i got a letter from my Ex saying that she wanted a 100 percent custody of my son. I must of called like 4 or 5 lawyers. Some who just stated that i should of given her custody because i was far and i was not going to win the case. Then i called Georgia. She was realistic, calm and well as positive. She heard my story. Took the time to make a plan and explain to me the whole process. She was more than supportive and positive. At the end of the ordeal, i got 50 percent custody of my son and i see him enough to were i still feel like a dad. She guided me trough the whole ordeal and i am very grateful to have hired not just a good lawyer but a great person.
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and knowledgeable
We had a legal matter and didn't know who to call or how to pursue. This was an area of uncertainty for us. Attorney Georgia McMillen was the first to return our call. After our first meeting we felt assured and at ease in her handling our case. Georgia was prompt in responding, worked diligently, personal and confidential, and was very effective in her work. Her direction lead us to a positive outcome. We are very satisfied with our experience with Attorney Georgia McMillen.
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Posted by Joanna | December 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best results and best representation
Georgia McMillen represented my case with a firm hand and well researched knowledge of the law. She kept me informed of up to date correspondence between our parties and listened to my input as well. Georgia followed thru to a successful conclusion. She's an advocate for justice and doesn’t waver in her persuit. I recommend her highly. She’s excellent.
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very efficient and attentive to details
I was challenged by a very unusual marital situation where my wife was basically wasting away our marital assets (money). I feared losing all of my hard-earned assets and sought divorce assistance from attorney Georgia McMillen. To make a long story short, I was able to keep just about all my assets, including my two houses, my retirement income and my three automobiles. I would highly recommend attorney McMillen to represent anyone seeking a divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective Legal and Cost Effective Guidance
My case was unusual because I needed an attorney to help evaluate a family trust related case to bring to the prosecutor --not defend against prosecution. I selected Ms McMillen for her extensive background in both State and Federal cases where presenting a complaint before the appropriate jurisdiction would be a critical decision point. She proved very thorough in asking questions, reviewing any material evidence I could offer and identifying specific laws that may have been violated by the then trustee. Being laser focused and very detailed, she found items that I missed in the trust billing statement, contacted the trust attorney identifying and, in connection with other evidence, gave me possible courses of action and risks I had moving forward including but not limited to applicable statute of limitations to consider. She did all of this in an open and very cost effective (i.e. time efficient) manner -- always managing expectations, timelines and costs. While I ultimately declined to move forward with prosecution due to potential harm to unintended parties should prosecution ensue, Ms McMillen would be an exceptional choice should the need for an effective criminal defense or prosecution case preparation exist.
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2015
Reliable and Hard-working
Georgia McMillen is very thorough and knowledgeable. She conducted research and got her facts in line with the background to my case. She was keen on keeping me informed through the process without embellishing and "sugar-coating" the possible outcomes. I would recommend Georgia to my friends if they want reliable and hard-working representation.
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Cost

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  • Hourly Rates $ 280-280 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Georgia K. McMillen, Honolulu & Wailuku
  • 1999 - Present
  • Per Diem Judge
  • Judiciary State Of Hawai`i
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of Hawai`i, Maui College
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Hawai`i Pacific University
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Maui County
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Georgia K. McMillen, New York, NY
  • 1993 - 1998
  • Litigation Associate
  • Ross & Hardies, New York, NY
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Litigation Associate
  • Lowenstein Sandler, Roseland, NJ
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Clerk
  • Appellate Division, Superior Court Of New Jersey
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Intern
  • United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York
  • 1986 - 1986
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Education

  • New York Law School, New York, NY
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • MA - Masters
  • 1982
  • University of Hawai`i, Manoa, HI
  • B.A.
  • 1978
  • Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama, HI
  • Highschool graduate
  • 1975
  • Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • United States v. Gowadia, 760 F.3d 989 (9th Cir. 2014)
  • Conviction affirmed.
  • United States v. Joseph, 465 Fed.Appx. 690 (9th Cir. 2012)
  • Affirmed.
  • United States v. Vierra, 426 Fed.Appx. 484 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Sentence reversed and remanded.
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Associations

  • Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Honolulu, Hawai'i
  • Mediator, Arbitrator, Neutral
  • 2016 - Present
  • Mediation Center of the Pacific ACCESS DPR, Honolulu, Hawai'i
  • Mediator
  • 2015 - Present
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Arbitrator
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hawai`i State Supreme Court Appellate Mediation Program
  • Mediator
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hawai`i Pono`i Foundation
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Hawai`i State Bar Foundation
  • Founding Fellow
  • 2014 - Present
  • Realtors Association of Maui
  • Mediator
  • 2014 - Present
  • Ninth Circuit Appellate Lawyers' Mentoring Program
  • Mentor
  • 2013 - Present
  • Maui Mediation Services
  • Mediator
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Hawai`i State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Maui County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Judicature Society, Hawai`i State Chapter
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Hawai`i Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Family Law Section, Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Hawai`i State Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Appellate Lawyer Representative
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Native Hawaiian Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2017
  • Native Hawaiian Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2004 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Mediation Apprentice of the Year
  • Mediation Center of the Pacific
  • 2014
  • Human Rights Annual, Outstanding Editorial Contribution
  • New York Law School
  • 1987

Publications

  • Hawaii Bar Journal
  • Success on Appeal, Choosing Issues with Favorable Standards of Review
  • 2002
  • Hawaii Bar Journal
  • Preserving Legal Issues for Appeal
  • 2001

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Honolulu Mediation Lawyer Georgia K. McMillen
Georgia K. McMillen
Mediation Attorney
Honolulu, HI
Licensed for 34 years