Casey B. McMillan


Casey McMillan is Of Counsel at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and a member of the Entertainment and Media Law Practice Group. Casey’s practice encompasses a broad range of transactions in the entertainment industry, with an emphasis on television and motion picture matters. She is able to act as production counsel on television programs and motion pictures and advise clients from development through distribution, including matters pertaining to clearance, content licensing, show and script review, copyright and trademarks, fair use, rights of publicity and privacy, standards and practices, guild issues and defamation. She is able to counsel clients in the preparation, analysis and negotiation of various agreements, including distribution, production and co-production services, work-for-hire, non-disclosure, venue/location, license, sponsorship, trade-out, master service, technology, assignment, talent and option agreements, sweepstakes rules and releases.

Prior to joining the firm, Casey worked as an attorney for Harpo Productions, Inc. At Harpo, she provided legal counsel on a variety of television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Iyanla, Fix My Life, Oprah’s Lifeclass and for the documentary series, Belief.

Casey is also passionate about contributing her talents to positively affect social change. She participated in the creation of Good Pitch Chicago, a non-profit organization. She also taught a course on film and television production law at DePaul University College of Law.


Entertainment and Media Law
Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Associate Board Member
  • Chicago Bar Association


  • “Miss Representation,” Screening and Women in the Media Panel, Holland & Knight, Chicago, Illinois, November 4, 2013
  • “Avoiding Legal Pitfalls: What Every Filmmaker Should Know,” Milwaukee Film Fest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 28, 2011
  • “Legal Issues In Television," Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, June 23, 2011


Chicago, May 5, 2016
Former Harpo Attorney Joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Entertainment Practice
McMillan’s practice encompasses a broad range of matters in the entertainment industry, with an emphasis on television and motion picture matters.

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  • Education
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