Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, August 14, 2012


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Greenberg Partner Sean McMillan Killed Piloting Small Aircraft


By a MetNews Staff Writer


An attorney who chaired the corporate and securities practice at the Los Angeles office of Greenberg Traurig LLP was killed Friday when his private plane crashed in West Los Angeles.

Sean McMillan was 70.

Press reports said McMillan was killed on impact when his single-engine Cessna 210 crashed into a palm tree near the intersection of Glendon and Mississippi Avenues, three miles from Santa Monica Airport, shortly after 6 p.m. McMillan, who attended schools in Denmark and Germany before graduating from USC and Harvard Law School, was the only person killed in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the cause of the crash was still under investigation.

Memorial tributes were left at the scene. A handwritten card read: “I watched your last few seconds of life, and I prayed for you! I saw you saved lives by your effort.”

McMillan was a member of Angel Flight, an organization of pilots who volunteer to fly persons in need of medical treatment. A neighbor told a reporter McMillan had flown missions for the group for about 20 years. McMillan’s biography on the firm’s website said he joined Greenberg in 2001 from Bryan Cave, and that his practice consisted mostly of assisting technology companies with intellectual property matters. He was admitted to the State Bar in 1971.

His professional activities included service as vice-chairman of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and chair of the International Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  He authored several articles on issues of international, tax, securities and corporate law and was an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School in the early 1980s.  

A spokesperson for the firm said information on funeral services was not available, but provided the following statement:

“We are saddened by the loss of M. S. “Sean” McMillan. Sean joined Greenberg Traurig in 2001 in the Los Angeles office. He will be deeply missed by all of us, as a true humanitarian who cared deeply both for his community and for the firm. Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy go out to his family and friends.”


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