Jimmie L. McMillian is the Senior Corporate Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer for Penske Entertainment and its related entities, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With a robust background in trial and appellate law spanning state and federal jurisdictions, Jimmie specializes in resolving intricate commercial, product, regulatory, and investigative litigation matters. An award-winning lawyer, he previously clerked for Justice Frank Sullivan and is a former partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

Beyond his legal career, Jimmie is a dedicated advocate for community engagement and mentorship, having served as a past president of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Currently, he leads as president of the 317 Ryders Motorcycle Club, showcasing his commitment to fostering camaraderie and leadership.


Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:50] Why Jimmy L. McMillian prioritizes community involvement and legal conferences
  • [2:39] The value of joining your bar association for career growth
  • [5:18] Why law firms should have leaders offer mentorship opportunities
  • [7:00] The charitable impact of lawyers within public defender offices
  • [10:29] Jimmy’s journey discovering his own identity rather than living in his father’s shadow
  • [16:24] A thriving motorcycle culture that opposes the “motorcycle gang” stereotype
  • [20:58] Understanding motorcycle safety and how community extends beyond riding
  • [38:09] Jimmy’s passion for helping others through nonprofit work

In this episode…

Communities play a vital role in enriching legal professionals’ personal and professional lives. In addition to networking opportunities, these organizations help foster inclusivity within the diverse legal landscape. What can you learn from the multifaceted nature of an attorney whose passion for motorsport racing, community service, and mentorship coalesce into a narrative of inspiration?

From racetrack insights to recognizing the significance of community service, Jimmy L. McMillian, a sports and entertainment lawyer, shares deep personal reflections and professional advice that resonate with many people. Reflecting on his path as an attorney who did not initially envision a career as a racing executive, he emphasizes the profound impact of music and cultural inclusion within the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and beyond. Jimmy’s narrative on community involvement and expanding networks within the field of law highlights the crucial role of leaders mentoring and how attorneys contribute to societal progress through organizations like public defender offices.

In this episode of Circle City Conversations, Alex Limontes chats again with Jimmy L. McMillian, the Senior Corporate Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer for Penske Entertainment, about the intertwining paths of law, motorsports, and social commitment. Jimmy discusses the importance of mentorship and leadership, the value of embracing one’s cultural identity, and the rewarding aspects of motorcycle culture and community building.

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Quotable Moments:

  • “If you have a passion for something, there is probably a conference created for it. Get involved, start going; it gives you a chance to shake hands, meet people, develop relationships.”
  • “Leadership is the intangible quality that most employers want. It’s one thing to know how to do your job; it’s another to lead.”
  • “I try to proactively reach out to folks that I know are going through something to encourage them to share.”
  • “Everything we learn, every superhero story I know of, is about when that superhero failed in some way. But they come back… and that’s the whole superhero thing for me.”

Action Steps:

  1. Get involved in professional conferences that align with your passions to expand your network: Engaging with like-minded individuals in focused settings can lead to unexpected opportunities and collaborations.
  2. Invest time in local community service that resonates with your values: Giving back not only supports the community but also deepens your understanding of diverse life experiences, which enriches personal growth.
  3. Prioritize leadership development within your career trajectory: Effective leadership qualities can elevate your professional status and create a more positive work environment.
  4. Embrace and promote cultural inclusivity in your workplace: Celebrating diversity can foster a richer, more innovative, and inclusive professional milieu.
  5. Maintain a healthy work-life balance by incorporating activities like sports or fitness that you are passionate about: Sustaining mental and physical well-being is crucial for long-term success and can increase overall productivity.

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