LeBoeuf bags Jacko lawyer for media launch

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has merged with the entertainment boutique of one of pop star Michael Jackson’s lawyers and plans to expand the entertainment practice globally.

L Londell McMillan has joined LeBoeuf’s New York office to head its nascent entertainment, media and sports practice, bringing four colleagues with him. McMillan originally worked at LeBoeuf on graduating from law school.

“I am charged with the duty of growing the business worldwide and the plan is to have lawyers from Hollywood to Bollywood,” said McMillan.

Currently defending Michael Jackson and his corporate trusts in legal wranglings over the IP ownership of The Beatles’ back catalogue, McMillan also counts Prince, Stevie Wonder and Spike Lee as clients. Having set up The McMillan Firm in 1997 following a stint at commercial litigation firm Gold Farrell & Marks, McMillan said he has returned to LeBoeuf due to the broad international platform and global expertise that the firm has developed.

“The entertainment and media business is becoming much more global and technological, and having a team of lawyers with various different capabilities in 18 offices around the world was very attractive,” he said.

McMillan said he will be accompanying Prince on a tour to London and Paris later in the year with the intention of looking at strengthening the practice by making hires in these cities.

While The McMillan Firm is no longer in existence, McMillan said it was not bought by LeBoeuf, adding that the terms of their arrangement will remain confidential.

All of the core lawyers that were part of his practice have moved across to LeBoeuf. Head of corporate finance and asset management John Quinones joins as a partner, while senior counsel Bernard Jackson and associates Frank Salzano and Julian Petty join LeBoeuf as counsel.