Lorna McMillion practices in the areas of small business law, appellate law, and Medicare appeals. As the granddaughter of two World War II doctors (Lester E. Wolcott and Donald L. Graves), and the daughter of a doctor and a nurse, Lorna instinctually relates to her clients as a doctor relates to her patients. She understands the value of treating a client as a whole person rather than treating him or her as a single issue. Lorna is a creative, big-picture thinker and is invigorated by thinking outside the box to meet her clients’ legal needs in the most effective ways possible.
A former college writing professor, her extensive experience with persuasive speaking and writing allows her to assist clients by drafting carefully-crafted legal documents and making persuasive arguments whether in negotiations with adverse parties or speaking in front of the court. Recently, she successfully defended an appeal in the Seventh Court of Appeals and had the privilege of arguing in person before Chief Justice Brian Quinn, Justice Mackey Hancock, and Justice James T. Campbell. She has also practiced before the First, Fifth, and Eleventh Court of Appeals.
Lorna is a graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Law and received both her M.A. and B.A. from Texas Tech University. During her time at Tech Law, Lorna experienced great success as an oral advocate and brief writer for her national and state moot court teams, finishing as two-time national finalist, a national final four finalist, and a state finalist. She also served as a comment editor on Tech Law’s prestigious Law Review journal, where her article, Running the Gauntlet: Wolcott v. Sebelius Reveals Loopholes in the Medicare Part B Appeals Process That the Fifth Circuit Cannot (or Will Not) Close, 45 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 1073 (2013), was published.
As a student, Lorna interned for the Honorable Justice Mackey Hancock of the Seventh Court of Appeals; received Top Grade and Distinguished Student Awards for Business Entities, Charitable Gift Planning, Criminal Law, Regulation of Human Subject Research, and Public Health Law; and served as a tutor in Federal Civil Procedure and Criminal Law. Lorna remains involved in the school’s advocacy programs by coaching various moot court teams and serving as a guest judge at competitions.
Having grown up in West Texas, Lorna chose to base her practice in Lubbock in order to serve the community she loves. She lives here with her husband (an active-duty sailor in the United States Navy) and her two young sons. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and leading worship at Turning Point Community Church.
Siwell, Inc. v. Watts, 07-15-00063-CV, 2016 WL 269123 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Jan. 19, 2016, no. pet. h.)
Honors and Awards
Order of the Barristers: A prestigious national award given to students who participate in law school advocacy competitions. Awarded to a maximum of ten students per graduating law school class who have demonstrated exceptional advocacy skills, typically at the national level.
Judge Ken G. Spencer Award: Given to the student whose propensity to survive in law school by dogged persistence or ability to adapt to adversity, or sheer force of personality or charisma appeals to the admiration of the faculty. Presented by the late Judge Ken G. Spencer of Crane, in memory of Bertha and George Whipple.
National Finalist: ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition 2014
National Finalist: National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition 2012
National Semifinalist: New York Bar Association National Moot Court Competition 2014
National Third Best Brief: ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition 2014
Regional Champion: ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition: Boston Regional 2014
Second Best Speaker: ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition: Boston Regional 2014
Second Best Brief: ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition: Boston Regional 2014
Regional Quarterfinalist: ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition: DC Regional 2013
Top Grade Award: Charitable Gift Planning, Russell James, 2014
Top Grade Award: Business Entities, Eric Chiappinelli, 2013
Distinguished Student Award: Public Health Law, Jennifer Bard, 2013
Distinguished Student Award: Regulation of Human Subject Research, Jennifer Bard, 2013
Jurisprudence Award: Criminal Law, Arnold Loewy, 2012
Phi Delta Phi: 2012-present
Phi Kappa Phi: 2009-present
Articles and Publications
MSJDN article – http://www.msjdn.org/2015/08/the-great-debate/
Order of the Barristers Award link – https://law.utexas.edu/barristers/chapters-and-members/texas-tech-university/