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Description of Practice

Jamie McMillan has been an attorney for over 34 years, providing quality guidance and representation to clients in their personal lives, as well as in their businesses. She has faithfully served them as a skilled advocate in the courtroom, and as a trusted counselor, helping them confidently achieve their goals and pursue their dreams. Meeting the needs of her clients in an effective, efficient, expeditious and affordable manner has always been the core value of her advocacy. This legal background serving clients, combined with her extensive training and broad experience in all forms of dispute resolution, allows her to quickly assess your situation and determine the best course of action to meet your specific needs. Read on to learn more about her unique approach and her commitment to your success.

Professional Background

MediationExpress panel mediator - July 2020 to present Law Office of Jamie M. McMillan 1993-present
L. Kies Trucking, Inc., CFO, House Counsel - 2018-present
Kies & Son Construction, Inc., CFO, House Counsel - 2016-present
Slaten Law, P.C., Of Counsel - since 2010
APHA/AQHA Horse breeding business-2004-2011 1997-2007 J.B. Kies Construction, Santa Maria, CA/Paso Robles,CA - Majority S/H, CEO, House Counsel Coast Engineering & Mechanical, Inc. Circle K Equipment Company Western States Steel (Nevada corp.) Jaquith & McMillan, Santa Maria, CA - Partner 1992-93 Smith & McMillan, Santa Maria, CA - (transactions, litigation) 1988-1991 Tardiff, Rothe & Staton, Santa Barbara, CA - Associate Attorney (insurance defense) 1986-88 Santa Barbara County, Office of the County Counsel(Ken Nelson),- Special Counsel 1985-86


I have practiced for 34 years as a California licensed attorney, and have extensive education and experience in the legal fields of civil litigation, business, construction, real estate, equine, and entertainment, with broad courtroom and transactional experience handling complex matters in those areas. My many wonderful clients have allowed me to enjoy a successful boutique law practice focused on providing access to excellent affordable legal services in a supportive, patient, expeditious and efficient manner. Some of my treasured clients have been with me for most of my 34 years as an attorney. I bring that same level of commitment to offering state of the art online dispute resolution services, including online mediation, and many other methods and techniques to assist you in resolving your disputes and coming to agreement in a variety of circumstances. I have made it a priority to constantly update my training and skills to broaden my knowledge of the most current information in the dispute resolution field. In 2010, I earned a Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR) at the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law, for years ranked as the number one dispute resolution program. To earn that degree I studied all aspects of dispute resolution with the best instructors in the world, from Fall 2007 to Spring 2010. As part of my degree, in 2009, I traveled with Straus Institute to London and Geneva and studied international dispute resolution, and diplomacy techniques, including faith-based diplomacy, that I have applied to my practice.


Jamie M. McMillan JD, MDR, received her B.A. English, cum laude, from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1981, JD from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1984, is admitted to the California State Bar, and completed a Masters in Dispute Resolution from Straus Institute, Pepperdine University School of Law in May 2010.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2009 Externship    Straus Institute Mediation Clinic    20 Mediations w/debrief&critique-Max Factor/Judge Alexander Williams
2009-2010 Externship    Straus Institute    180 Hours Meditations w/ David Peterson JD,MDR,LLM
2009-2010 Externship    Straus Institute - Independent Study    Apology, & Forgiveness Case Studies - Peter Robinson, Advisor
August 2007    Straus Institute - Mediating The Litigated Case    6 days - Malibu Campus
2010    Ventura County Superior Court    20 hours - Mediation Training for Mediating with Seniors
June23-25,2011    Straus Institute-George D. Calkins,Hon Victoria Chaney    3 days-Mediating Complex Construction Disputes
March 21,2013    Straus Institute-Lessons from South Africa    I day-A Conversation about Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Healing
March 22, 2013    Straus Institute-Father Michael Lapsley,SSM    1 day-Introductory Workshop about the Healings of Memories and Journeys of Forgiveness
August 20, 2015    Straus Institute-Tom Stipanovich    1.5 hrs-Rebels on the Lot:Backstage Battles in the Golden Age of Hollywood
May 2020 Melamed, Colin Rule, Clarre Fowler    20 hrs - Mediating eCommerce,Property and Workplace Disputes Online
May 2020 Melamed, Colin Rule, Clare Fowler, Michael Aurit -    20 hrs-Mediating Family Disputes Online
May 2020    San Luis Obispo County Bar Assn -ADR Section    1hr- Zoom Mediation
June 2020    Singapore Mediation Centre    1.5 hrs Zoom - SMC: Perspectives on Cross-Border Mediation in a Changed World - Colin Rule, et al


In 2020 at earned Certified Online Mediator and Certified Online Family Mediator designations and became a mediator on the panel of exciting new dispute resolution website This broad base of knowledge and experience, including the international and faith-based diplomacy training, allows me the unique ability to tailor the mediation approach to your circumstances and subject matter. I look forward to talking with you and developing a personalized plan together to resolve your disputes. Each situation is extensively evaluated to determine 1) the most effective methods to use to achieve the goals of the parties to resolve their differences, and 2) to best bring the full depth of knowledge and experience to the particular set of circumstances and create a durable agreement.


Fees range from $200 to $450 per hour depending on the type of case and the number of parties. Through MediationExpress affordable fees are offered at $99 for each of the first three 30 minute meetings and then $200 per hour after the first three 30 minute meetings for property, ecommerce and workplace resolutions.

Other Information

Jamie is dedicated to offering quality affordable online dispute resolution to assist parties in avoiding court. She provides expert consultation by special arrangement to a variety of businesses, independent film productions, and trucking and construction companies. She is an avid sportswoman and lifelong accomplished equestrian, and provides consultation and dispute resolution in many disciplines within the horse industry, including the top levels of global horse racing. Member of the ABA, California State Bar,,, ICODR, CEDR, San Luis Obispo County Bar Association (ADR Section), San Luis Obispo County Builders Association, American Paint House Association, American Quarter Horse Association and ASEA (equine appraisers) a division of ASAA, and is a member of Film Specific. She has successfully owned and operated several businesses, including a Law firm, dispute resolution business, construction company, a structural steel company, an equipment leasing company and a horse breeding operation.

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Agriculture & Ranching
  • Animal
  • Automotive
  • Bankruptcy
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Estate Planning
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • General
  • HOA
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Pet Mediation
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Sports
  • Trust Management
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator


Thomas J. Stipanowich, Academic Director Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Clifton E. Slaten, J.D., MDR Slaten Law, P.C. Peter Robinson, Managing Director Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.