Iain J. MacMillan

Senior Counsel | Los Angeles, Mission Viejo

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Iain J. MacMillan is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith’s Los Angeles Office. He assists the firm’s public agency clients, focusing on a wide-variety of local government issues, and his practice is concentrated on land use and zoning, code enforcement, medical marijuana, Brown Act and Public Records Act compliance, conflicts of interest, risk management, procurement, labor and employment, utilities, transportation, and education.


Mr. MacMillan advises city councils, school boards, commissions, city managers, and departments on a myriad of legal and quasi-legal issues under the applicable municipal code, city policies, board policies, and state and federal laws. He is experienced in drafting and preparing legal documents, including city ordinances/board policies and resolutions, memoranda to city councils/school boards and staff, Public Record Act responses, contracts, and opinion letters.

He regularly serves as advisor to the firm’s code enforcement and police departments in investigating municipal code violations and ensuring swift abatement of public nuisances. He has extensive experience working with and educating business owners, property owners, and other community members on code compliance. He often manages and implements all aspects of litigation including client interviews, pleadings, discovery, settlement negotiations, arbitration, mediation, and court appearances.


Mr. MacMillan received his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law. While in law school he was named to the Dean’s List and was awarded the Transactional Laws and Skills Certificate. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also served as the Head Manager for the UCLA Men's Basketball Team from 2004 through 2008.

Drones: Serving and Disturbing the Public

By: David WolfeIain MacMillan-

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that nationwide, ownership of small unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones, will increase from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020. The technology’s benefit to public agencies is enormous: Local public agencies can and do use drones for search and rescue activities, emergency medical response, survey and mapping purposes, student learning and more. But the rising number of drone-related incidents in California and else...

Law Enforcement's Role in the New Sanctuary State

By: William Curley IIIIain MacMillan-

November 2017 Number 75 On October 5, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 54, known as the California Values Act, which sharply limits how state and local law enforcement authorities cooperate and coordinate with federal immigration officials. SB 54 seeks to protect the estimated 2.3 million undocumented immigrants in California in the face of the Trump Administration's calls for deportation. Limits on Local Enforcement Effective January 1, 2018, this new "...

State's Top Court Rules that Contractors Can be Prosecuted for Conflict of Interest

By: Harold FreimanIain MacMillan-

July 2017 Number 40 The California Supreme Court has ruled that an independent contractor can be criminally liable for a conflict of interest under California Government Code section 1090, expanding the universe of penalties a contractor can face for violating the statute and reversing a prior appellate court ruling that exempted contractors from criminal liability for such conflicts. The Court's decision in People v. Superior Court (Sahlolbei) (June 26, 2017, No. S232639) ___ Cal.5th ...

California Supreme Court Rules That Retirement is a Form of Quitting Under the Labor Code

By: William Curley IIIIain MacMillan-

October 2016 Number 71 The California Supreme Court has ruled that retirement is a form of quitting under the prompt payment protections in California's Labor Code. (McLean v. State of California (2016) 1 Cal.5th 615.) However, this ruling only applies to State of California and private employees, as Labor Code section 220 continues to exempt employees directly employed by any county, incorporated city, town or other municipal corporation. In McLean, a retired California Department ...