The litigation team at McIlwain Law Firm brings together counsel with experience in many areas of the law from civil rights to personal injury, corporate and more.

Trial Attorney Tim Mcilwain


Timothy McIlwain left Atlantic City High School in New Jersey to study political economics at University of California, Berkeley. After graduating in 1991, he was the recipient of the prestigious Martin Blatt Law Scholarship and returned to the east coast to obtain his juris doctorate from New York Law School in 1995. He was admitted in 1996 to New Jersey and United States District Court. In 2008, he was the only New Jersey lawyer admitted to Gerry Spence’s prestigious Trial Lawyers College,  where he spent a month in a Wyoming barn practicing jury trial methods with the country’s best.

Attorney McIlwain’s competitive spirit as a former high school and college quarterback translated well into the courtroom, where his numerous successful jury trial results led to him being certified in 2014 as a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership is limited to attorneys who have obtained recoveries of more than $2 million, and who have paid a fee for lifetime membership. The Supreme Court of New Jersey does not recognize this forum. 

He has successfully defended Hall of Famer Jim Brown and sued a former heavy weight boxing champion. He has represented Donald Trump’s Casinos and Walmart on work related injuries.

* Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

For Pennsylvania cases

Rob Frankel, Esquire


Rob Frankel received his BA in economics from UC Berkeley in 1989, specializing in macroeconomics and public sector finance He studied law at Loyola Marymount University Law School in Los Angeles, where he received his JD in 1992 with many honors and distinctions. He graduated Order of the Coif, Lloyd Tevis Award in Commercial Law (1992), St Thomas More Law Honor Society (1992), American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts (1990).

Rob Frankel served as Law Clerk for The Honorable John R. Padova, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1992 to 1994.

Mr. Frankel joined Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. in Philadelphia in 1994. He became a shareholder in 2001 and stayed until 2007 before moving on to serve as Deputy City Attorney-Employment and Litigation. He managed the litigation division and all phases of litigation as first chair, where he handled cases and advice in a wide variety of subject matters including personal injury and property damage, insurance, labor and employment, contracts; construction, civil rights and municipal law.

Mr. Frankel is now based in Greenwood Village, Colorado and serves as General Counsel for Investments & Wealth Institute f/k/a Investment Management Consultants Association®.

Mr. Frankel is a member in good standing of the Bars of the Supreme Courts of California (1/8/93), Colorado (7/28/08), and Pennsylvania (5/18/93), the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third (6/12/95) and Sixth (11/19/96) Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (6/30/93) and the District of Colorado (5/18/09).

*Rob Frankel is not licensed to practice law in New Jersey.

Doug Arnold, Esquire


Esquire and equestrian Doug Arnold comes from a long line of Kentuckians. Doug graduated from Centre College in 2008 with a degree in history and got his Juris Doctorate from University of Kentucky College of Law in 2014, passing the Kentucky bar exam in 2015.

In addition to practicing law, and true to his Kentucky roots, Douglas deals in horses as a Thoroughbred Bloodstock agent. He rounds out the team with southern flair and sensibility.

*Doug Arnold is not licensed to practice law in New Jersey.

for New York cases

Joe Cane


Joseph C. Cane JR., received his BA from Cornell University in applied economics and business management (1990), his JD from Loyola Law School (1994) and his MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (2006). Mr. Cane routinely handles public and private securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, private equity and debt financings, film financings, intellectual property creation, registration, protection and licensing transactions, technology and on-line agreements, corporate formation and governance matters, executive compensation matters, board and investor relations and corporate and securities compliance. Mr. Cane is also an experienced commercial, employment and tort litigator.

In addition to being of counsel at McIlwain Law Firm for entertainment, corporate and sports transactional matters, Joesph Cane is a founder of The Versailles Law Group, a Beverly Hills-based corporate and entertainment law firm specializing in representing companies and individuals in business, media, entertainment, technology and financial transactions.

Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Cane was a senior executive at Sony Connect, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (Sony), which he joined in August 2005, and a member of both its corporate development and business and legal affairs groups. During his tenure at Sony, Mr. Cane was responsible for implementing a wide-range of new business initiatives and consummating deals involving digital distribution of music and video content via the Internet and mobile devices and related transactions with numerous internal and external partners. Among others, Mr. Cane oversaw and closed transactions with Starz Entertainment Group, LLC, ABC News, Intel Corporation, The Coca Cola Company, Juice Wireless, Reebok International Ltd., Red Bull GmBH, Nike, Inc., Showtime Networks, Inc., Sony Ericsson, Nellymoser, Inc., Alltel Communications, Inc., Sun Com Wireless and GeoTrust, Inc.

Mr. Cane routinely serves as outside general counsel and a strategic business advisor for various clients, including many start-ups, wherein he plays a principal role in overseeing all major business deals, including mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, entertainment, technology and on-line initiatives, intellectual property creation, registration, protection and licensing, executive compensation matters and board and investor relations.

From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Cane practiced in the corporate department of the Los Angeles office of Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP (KMR), a national firm. While at KMR, Mr. Cane represented various media, entertainment and technology clients, including significantly, Sony Pictures, NBC/Universal, Game Show Network, Mandalay Sports Entertainment, Prelude Pictures, The Jim Henson Company, Panasonic, Platinum Technology Inc., CinemaStar Luxury Theaters, Inc. and USA Networks.

*Joseph Cane is not licensed to practice law in New Jersey.