New Georgia appeals judge has powersports OEM litigation background

Publish Date: 
Jan 17, 2013

ATLANTA, Ga. – The latest appointee to Georgia’s appellate court made her bones representing powersports and auto OEMs in the areas of franchise and dealer litigation.

Gov. Nathan Deal tapped Fayette County State Court Judge Carla Wong McMillian Jan. 16 to be the newest judge on the state Court of Appeals.

McMillian “focused her practice in the areas of franchise and dealer litigation and counseling, accountants’ and professional liability defense, and other complex business litigation,” according to a statement on the website of the firm where she was a partner when she was elevated to the bench in 2010, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. “She has represented automobile and motorcycle manufacturers nationwide in state and federal court litigation and state administrative proceedings in terminations, relocations, add points, and warranty reimbursement matters, and defended accountants against malpractice actions.”

McMillian, 39, is the first Asian-American judge on the state’s appellate bench and the first woman appointed since 1999. She was appointed to the state court by Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2010 and won re-election last July in a contested race.

McMillian earned her law degree from the University of Georgia and clerked for U.S. District Judge William C. O'Kelley in Atlanta. She also is on the boards of the Atlanta Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society and the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Posted by Holly Wagner