Stephen Millan

Criminal Law Attorney

Welcome to the heart of the legal journey with Hon. Stephen Millan. As a distinguished figure in the realm of justice, Judge Millan invites you to explore the facets of his life that have shaped a career dedicated to the pursuit of truth and fairness.

Born on April 30, 1966, in New York, Judge Millan’s journey weaves through the corridors of Northeastern University School of Law and Boston College, where he double-majored in History & English Literature. His legal career has been diverse, spanning roles as an Assistant State Attorney, private practitioner, and ultimately, as a Circuit Court Judge in the Juvenile and Criminal Division at the Miami-Dade Children’s Courthouse.

With a deep commitment to justice, Judge Millan’s expertise extends across all levels of criminal defense, federal cases, and post-trial litigation. His passion for the law is paralleled by a fervent dedication to community service, demonstrated through leadership roles in organizations such as the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club, 5000 Role Models of Excellence, and various charitable endeavors.

Beyond the courtroom, Judge Millan is a family man, married to Hortensia Maxwell, and a proud father of five sons. His life is a testament to the integration of legal excellence, community engagement, and family values.

Explore the rich tapestry of Hon. Stephen Millan’s life and career through this About Page, gaining insight into the experiences and principles that have defined his journey in the pursuit of justice.

Professional Credentials

Education & Affiliations

    • Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law (1987-1990)
    • Bachelor of Arts with double majors in History & English Literature from Boston College (1984-1987)
  • Bar Memberships:
    • Supreme Court of the United States
    • The Florida Bar
    • United States District Court – Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida
  • Professional Activities and Memberships:
    • Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Program (2002-present)
    • Pro-Bono Service for “Put Something Back” (1997-present)
    • Dade County Bar Association (1997-Present)
      • Criminal Court Committee, Real Property Committee
    • American Bar Association
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


    • Circuit Court Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami, FL (2015-2018)
      • Overseeing Juvenile and Criminal Division, handling adoptions, arraignments, motions, bonds, trials, sentencing, and post-conviction proceedings.
      • Referee for Florida Bar Grievances against Attorneys.
      • Serving on appellate panels to review Administrative and County Court Decisions.
      • Mentor to students from high school to law school.
    • Law Offices of Stephen Millan, P.A., Miami, FL (1997-2014)
      • Concentration in all levels of State and Federal Criminal defense, post-trial litigation, Immigration, Bankruptcy, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Personal Injury, and Probate.
    • The Cochran Firm (Criminal Division), Miami, FL (2007-2012)
      • Of Counsel
    • Office of the State Attorney for Miami-Dade County (1990-1997)
      • Assistant State Attorney with roles in Career Criminal/Robbery Division, Narcotics Division, Felony Trial Division, Juvenile Division, DUI/Traffic/Misdemeanor Division, and Domestic Violence Pilot Program.
    • United States Attorney’s Office, San Francisco, CA; Chaplin & Milstein, Boston, MA; United States Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA; Boston City Council, Boston, MA (Various roles)

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