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Lawyer Who Flew Charitable Flights for Ill Children Dies in Cessna Crash

Posted Aug 13, 2012 8:01 AM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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M. Sean McMillan

A southern California lawyer who flew planes to transport indigent patients died Friday evening when his Cessna 210 crashed in a residential Los Angeles neighborhood.

M. Sean McMillan, who is listed online as a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, flew charitable flights for 20 years through an organization called Angel Flight, NBC LA reports.

"Sean McMillan is the kind of person that would give you the shirt off his back," a neighbor, Charlie Fredricy, is quoted saying.

NBC reports that McMillan, who declared an emergency after taking off from Santa Monica about three miles from the crash site, tried to steer the plane away from people.

McMillan, a University of Southern California grad who obtained a law degree from Harvard, joined Greenberg Traurig from Bryan Cave in 2001, according to an archived Greenberg Traurig news release.

His practice concentrated on assisting technology-based companies with intellectual property matters domestically and internationally. He was a past vice-chair of the ABA's Section of International Law.

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