The chairman of the NorthStar Group, L. Londell McMillan’s commitment to excellence and service has spanned more than three decades, and positioned him as one of the most internationally recognized attorneys and leaders of his generation. Balancing a successful law career with a love for entrepreneurship and public service, he has achieved landmark successes and mentored countless youth, lawyers, artists, executives and public servants with a steadfast belief, “lift as you climb.”
As a lawyer, he has represented the Mount Rushmore of entertainers. Icons such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Spike Lee, Kanye West, Roberta Flack, Ester Dean, Zendaya Coleman, Doug E. Fresh, LL Cool J, Nas and DMX, are a glimpse of the iconic artists that have looked to him for guidance and direction. Among his corporate clients are the Discovery Channel, Time Warner, Radio One, TIAA-CREF and Mercedes Benz.
Over the last 15 years, his career has risen to heights almost unimaginable for a young boy from Tompkins Housing Projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. In 2004, Londell worked alongside real-estate developer Bruce Ratner, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and other investors to bring the Nets basketball franchise to Brooklyn. As a community stakeholder and a life-long Brooklynite, it was important for him to voice the concerns of those who were not at the table but would be affected greatly by the project. Londell became a minority owner, with the goal to empower the community.
Under the NorthStar Group, a private equity operation in media, marketing and real estate, Londell serves as executive publisher of the iconic Source Magazine and the highly acclaimed Jones Magazine, a leading fashion, beauty and travel magazine.
He is a graduate of historic Brooklyn Technical High School (where he was recently honored as a “Titan of Tech”), the School for Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, and New York University School of Law. While at Cornell, he was an honors student and scholar athlete on the Cornell University “Big Red” football team. While at NYU, he co-founded the New York City Minority Roundtable for large corporate law firms. In the 90s, he served on the alumni council of the Cornell board of trustees and on the alumni board at NYU School of Law. He also became a faculty member with the Practicing Law Institute, and lecturer and featured case study subject for the Harvard Business School.
He is a 30-year member of the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York State Bar Association. Londell has received many honors, awards and citations and regularly appears on television, radio programs, podcasts, forums and legislative hearings for his insight and commentary. Most notably he has been a guest commentator on the following: Oprah Winfrey, the Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, CNN and the Breakfast Club.