An attorney at Manning Fulton & Skinner, P.A., John B. McMillan has more than 40 years' experience representing clients before the North Carolina General Assembly, including major national corporations, such as Allstate Insurance Company and Bayer Corporation and national trade associations such as the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and American Insurance Association. He has represented many North Carolina associations and entities in legislative matters, including the Insurance Federation of North Carolina and the Self Insurance Security Association. John drafted and led the lobbying effort to pass North Carolina's Product Liability Act in 1979 and was the business coalition leader in the efforts to successfully rewrite North Carolina's workers compensation laws in 1993 and to pass tort reform in 1995. John has been ranked as one of the most effective lobbyists in North Carolina by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, Inc. for the past 20 years.
John also represents individuals and large and small corporations in all levels of North Carolina state and federal court litigation. In addition, he has a broad and deep practice representing a variety of clients before various North Carolina state administrative agencies. He has significant experience representing landowners in condemnation cases brought by state and local governmental agencies. His representation includes dispute resolution through negotiations, mediations and trials.
John is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (2007-2015) in the areas of Government Relations Law (Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year, 2011, 2014) and Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2013, 2015). He is also recognized in Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite (2005) in the area of Litigation and in North Carolina Super Lawyers(2006-2014).
John is the Past President of the North Carolina State Bar, the Wake County Bar Association, and the University of North Carolina School of Law Alumni Association. He is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars on land condemnation cases and professional ethics.
City of Raleigh v. Nelson Leonard, et. al. — This was a land condemnation case in which the City of Raleigh took 85 acres of property to relocate a road, install a water line and establish a park. The case was settled at mediation two weeks before trial for $10,35,000.
North Carolina Department of Transportation v. Stephens Properties Family Limited Partnership — This was a land condemnation case in which the N.C. Department of Transportation deposited $196,500 as its estimate of fair compensation for this partial taking. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the property owner of $1,500,000. An additional $312,840 in interest was awarded by the Court.
North Carolina Department of Transportation v. Stephen Stroud, et. al. — This was a land condemnation case in which the N.C. DOT deposited $320,000 as its estimate of fair compensation for the partial taking. Following an extensive mediation, the case was settled with the N.C. DOT agreeing to pay $3,730,800 in damages.
North Carolina Department of Transportation v. Ethel Limited Partnership — This was a land condemnation case in which the N.C. DOT filed suit and claimed that the taking resulted in $7,000,000 in benefits to the landowner. Following intense trial preparations and discovery, the case was settled the week before trial with the N.C. DOT agreeing to pay the property owner $6,000,000 in damages.
North Carolina Department of Transportation v. Bradsher — This was a highly contested land condemnation case that resulted in a jury verdict of $3,769,000 plus $651,764 in interest. There were complex legal issues that went to the appeals court on preliminary matters prior to trial.