John A. McMillen was born in New York and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. John received his undergraduate degree in American History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985, with a minor in political science. Upon graduation, he worked for several years as a litigation paralegal in New York City for Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts. John then went on to earn his law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. While in law school, John spent a semester interning for the United States Congress, working for the Subcommittee on International Scientific Cooperation, which was part of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
John then became a member of both the New York and North Carolina state bars upon moving to North Carolina in 1990, where he has lived ever since. John began his career as an attorney with the United States Department of the Treasury, serving as an Estate and Gift Tax attorney with the Internal Revenue Service. John then moved into private practice in 1998, becoming a partner at Davis & Harwell, P.A. in Winston-Salem and then as a partner at Johnson, Peddrick & McDonald, PLLC in Greensboro. John then joined the Starnes Aycock Law Firm in 2016, where he is focusing on estate planning, probate, elder law, tax issues and business law. He has served as a frequent lecturer on estate planning and estate administration topics throughout his legal career. He has also been featured in “Trial Briefs”, a publication of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and was quoted in an article in “Today in the Triad”.
Active in community affairs, John served as Treasurer of the Estate Planning Council of Winston-Salem from 2002 through 2004. He was also a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law section, as well as the Greensboro Estate Planning Council. John is a member of the U.S. District Court for Middle District of North Carolina and the U.S. Tax Court. John has also assisted with numerous charitable non-profits, acting as a past President and Secretary of the Forsyth Humane Society in Winston-Salem and for several years as a volunteer chef for Men Can Cook, a fundraiser of the Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro. He currently serves as President and on the Board of Directors of Rogers Green Mountain Homeowners Association, which he has done since 2013. John also enjoys volunteering with his daughter at the local animal shelter to help in caring for and socializing dogs and cats up for adoption.
John brings over twenty years of experience to the foothills of North Carolina and has clients throughout North Carolina. He welcomes the opportunity to help those with small estates and complex estates, along with assisting businesses of all sizes. John can prepare wills, trusts, irrevocable trusts, education trusts, special needs trusts, charitable trusts, financial powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, living wills, HIPAA waivers and other estate planning arrangements to solve any estate planning need. He also handles probate of simple and complex estates and can advise an Executor or beneficiary regarding their rights and duties. John also advises individuals on asset protection, guardianships and elder law. In addition to individuals and estates, John also helps in setting up, buying and selling corporations and Limited Liability Companies and is happy to review leases and contracts as part of his practice.