Chance A. McMillan

With a focus on helping members of the greater Houston community that have been negatively impacted by reckless actions of companies or individuals, Deer Park native Chance A. McMillan founded The McMillan Law Firm. His commitment to helping others drives an incessant pursuit of excellence in all his cases. This tenacity has led the firm to grow from a Houston-based local law firm to a nationwide practice in less than two years. Chance is a true trial lawyer with hands-on experience at every stage of pre-litigation, litigation, trial, and appeals. His dedication to vigorously representing his clients led to his qualification and designation as Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Out of 110,000 lawyers licensed to practice in Texas, less than 7,000 have achieved this designation.

Chance put himself through college working nights at the chemical plants along Highway 225 in Pasadena and Deer Park, Texas. Going to school, working a day job at a law firm, and working nights at the plants was challenging but rewarding. He believes his strong work ethic and life experience help him understand his clients in a way most lawyers cannot. Chance’s chemical plant work experience has come full circle with his representation of victims of multiple recent chemical plant explosion cases around the Houston area, including the Intercontinental Terminals Company explosion in his hometown of Deer Park (wherein he represents over 1,000 plaintiffs), as well as the KMCO Crosby fire. Chance is also heavily involved in the Watson Grinding plant explosion that led to the deaths of three individuals in January 2020.

After receiving an academic scholarship, Chance graduated magna cum laude from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He then earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law Houston. During law school, Chance was selected for inclusion in the invitation-only group for advocates, Order of Barristers, because of his oral advocacy abilities. His academic excellence qualified him for the Dean’s List, and he earned the Dean’s Outstanding Advocate Award as well as multiple awards from his involvement in mock trial competitions. Chance was a state, regional, and national champion in mock trial, delivering South Texas College of Law its 105th National Championship. After graduating law school, Chance became an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at South Texas, where he taught trial techniques and strategies to law students.

Chance is a trial lawyer who backs up his accolades with record-setting courtroom victories. In 2019 alone, he obtained an eight-figure verdict in a medical malpractice case that was the largest such verdict in Texas that year. In the same year, he also secured two six-figure verdicts in motor vehicle accident trials and one six-figure verdict in an insurance case.

The Houston Trial Lawyers Association awarded Chance as Member of the Year for 2016-2017. He was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2020. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff from 2016 – 2021. The National Trial Lawyers selected him for inclusion in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2021 and the Top 40 Under 40 every year since 2017. He joined the Million Dollar Advocates Forum in 2021 and was also selected for inclusion in the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Top 10 Under 40 by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Texas 2020 100 Up-And-Coming Lawyers by Texas Monthly Magazine, and 10 Best in Personal Injury Law by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, among other professional accolades. In 2022, Chance was selected as a Texas Super Lawyer. He is a sought after speaker, giving his time to speak at elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and law schools about the legal system and legal topics usually specific to civil litigation.

Chance is a member of many professional associations and community groups. Some of his positions have included: serving on the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the Houston Bar Association, serving on the Editorial Board for Houston Lawyer magazine, membership in the Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court, and membership on the Board of Advocates with the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

In addition to his legal accolades and professional involvement, Chance serves the community by volunteering with the American Heart Association, M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), and the University of St. Thomas. He feels giving back to the community is very important, as well as advocating for his beliefs. In 2020, he filed an amicus brief on behalf of a Sandy Hook victim’s mother. Chance + his family split time between Houston, Texas and Denver, Colorado.

  • South Texas College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2011
    • Honors: Dean’s List, Order of Barristers, Dean’s Outstanding Advocate Award, Best Direct Examination in Mock Trial Competition
    • Activities: State, Regional, and National Champion (Mock Trial)
  • University of St. Thomas, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, magna cum laude, 2008
    • Academic Scholarship
  • American Association for Justice, Member (2012-present)
  • American Bar Association, Member (2011-present)
  • American Board of Trail Advocates (2020-present)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (2021)
  • Houston Bar Association, Member (2011-present)
    • Speakers Bureau
    • Bylaws Committee
    • CLE Planning Committee
    • Legal Line Volunteer
    • Historical Committee
    • Elderly Law Committee
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow (2016-present)
  • Houston Lawyer Magazine, Editorial Board (2012 – present)
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Member (2011-present)
    • Bayou Ball Committee, Member
    • Long Range Planning Committee
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Member (2011-present)
  • Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court, Member (2014-pressent)
  • National League of Renowned Attorneys
  • South Texas College of Law Alumni Association, Member (2011-present)
  • State Bar of Texas, Member (2011-present)
  • Texas Board of Legal Ethics, Member (2012 – present)
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member (2011-present)
    • Board of Advocates
    • Outreach Planning Committee
  • University of St. Thomas Alumni Association, Member (2008-present)
  • 2022 Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine Texas 2020 100 Up-And-Coming Lawyers, 2020
  • Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, Rising Stars, 2016 – 2021
  • National Trial Lawyers
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2021
    • Top 40 Under 40, 2017 – present
    • Top 25 Mass Tort Trial Lawyers, 2016 – 2017
    • Top 25 National Brain Injury Lawyers, 2015 – 2016
    • Top 25 Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers, 2015 – 2016
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association Member of the Year, 2017
  • Nation’s Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA), Top 10 Under 40, 2017 – present
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA), Top 40 Under 40, 2015-2019
  • National League of Renowned Attorneys, Top One Percent, 2016-Present
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, “10 Best” Personal Injury Law Attorneys, 2015-2016
  • LawInfo, Lead Counsel Rated, 2015
  • Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyers in Houston, 2014
  • South Texas College of Law, Dean’s Outstanding Advocate Award, 2011
  • South Texas College of Law, Order of Barristers, 2011
  • St. Mary’s University School of Law Mock Trial Competition, Best Direct Examination, 2010
  • Board Certified in Personal Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • State of Texas
  • State of Colorado
  • “Acquisition to Admissibility: Medical and Billing Records in Personal Injury Cases,” The Houston Lawyer, July/August 2019
  • “Reasonableness of Hospital Charges,” The Houston Lawyer, July/August 2018
  • “Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Intake to Trial and Beyond,” The Houston Lawyer, July/August 2017
  • “The Evolution of Inadequate Security Law in Texas,” The Houston Lawyer, July/August 2016
  • “The Vanishing Spoliation Instruction,” The Houston Lawyer, May/June 2015
  • “CMS’ Withdrawal – A Win for the Plaintiffs’ Bar,” American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2015
  • “The Spoliation Instruction: A Thing for the Past?” The Houston Lawyer, July/August 2014
  • “New Civil Procedure Rules from the Texas Supreme Court,” The Houston Lawyer, March/April 2013
  • “Using Technology in the Courtroom,” The Houston Lawyer, March/April 2013
  • “Certified EMS, Inc. v. Potts: A Plaintiff Friendly Med-Mal Opinion for the Texas Supreme Court,” The Houston Lawyer, May/June 2013
  • “The Texas Supreme Court: A Narrative History, 1836-1986,” The Houston Lawyer, July/August 2013
  • “The Texas Supreme Court Holds That Plaintiffs’ Nonsuit Tolls the 120-Day Expert Report Requirement in Medical Malpractice Cases,” The Houston Lawyer, July/August 2013
  • “The Texas Medical Liability Act’s Expansion into the Non-Subscriber Realm,” The Houston Lawyer, September/October 2012
  • “Adopt-A-School Committee: Helping Educate the Community’s Youth,” The Houston Lawyer, November/December 2012
  • UM/UIM Tactics and Trials, Herbert Law Firm State Bar CLE, June 2022
  • The Masked Jury Trial: Trial During COVID, TEX-ABOTA Houston Chapter CLE, 2021
  • Conducting a Captivating Car Wreck Jury Selection in a Pandemic Crisis, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2020
  • UM/UIM: All Views, Bench to Lawyer, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Setting Up the Big Win, Texas Trial Lawyers Car Wreck Seminar, 2017
  • What to Expect at Jury Selection, Davis High School, 2015
  • The Importance of the U.S. Constitution, South Shaver Elementary, 2014
  • American Juror: The Choice Is Yours, Lonestar College (American Politics), 2014
  • Tips for Using Technology Effectively in the Courtroom, Houston Bar Association, 2014
  • The Importance of Voting, Fairmont Elementary, 2014
  • Safety Driving Meeting: Drunk Driving, DuPont Safety Meeting, 2014
  • Law as a Career, Bonner Elementary, 2014
  • Law Week, Benavidez Elementary School, 2014
  • The Texas Medical Liability Act’s Expansion into (and exit from) the Nonsubscriber Realm, 8th Annual Barnes Law Firm Personal Injury Seminar, 2013
  • American Heart Association, Volunteer (2015-present)
  • A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), Volunteer (2014-2018)
  • University of St. Thomas, Two Saints and a Taco Tasting, Host Committee Member, 2013 – 2015)
  • Big Brother’s Big Sister’s (2016 – present)
  • Bo’s Place (2016 – present)
  • Houston Food Bank (2016 – present)

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