Peter G. Milne was born in Durant, Oklahoma in 1956. His father, Peter G. Milne, Sr., was a petty officer in the U.S. Navy. After retiring from active service he became a regional sales manager for a well-known gift store. His mother, Bonnie White, retired after a long and rewarding career as an elementary school teacher. She taught Peter and countless other children the joy of reading and the skills of comprehension and logical thought.
After graduating from high school, Peter followed his father's lead and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He completed his obligation in 1977. Soon after, Peter attended college on the GI Bill and later married. He assisted his wife in raising two beautiful daughters, Melissa and Megan. Peter graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.A. in Geology in 1982 and practiced as a private industry and government geologist and Certified Mineral Examiner. In 1994, Peter left civil service and started a consulting business that provided professional services to the mining and heavy civil construction industries.
In 1998, Peter made a career change and studied law while working full time as a heavy civil construction project manager. Peter attended night school and worked part time as a paid Law Clerk in the Construction Practice Group of Gordon & Rees, LP, a San Francisco based law firm. He graduated with a JD from the Golden Gate University School of Law in May, 2002 and became licensed in the State of Texas in November, 2002. He then studied for and passed the California bar exam in February, 2003, while enrolled in a graduate tax law program. Peter became licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia in October of 2003, to better serve his clients in tax controversy matters. Peter received a Master of Laws in Taxation from the Golden Gate University School of Law in December of 2003.
Peter and his wife, Dr. Stasha Gominak, a Baylor University Medical School graduate and practicing neurologist (the really smart one of the family), moved from Campbell, California to Tyler, Texas in December, 2003 in pursuit of an environment with less people pressure and traffic. Peter now practices from the historic Littlejohn house which is located in the Azalea Historic District of Tyler, Texas.
Peter is a member of the Smith County Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas Tax Section and the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section. He is a member of the State Bar of California and District of Columbia Tax Sections. Peter was admitted to practice in Texas in 2002 and in California and the District of Columbia in 2003. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals; the District of Columbia Circuit; the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and the Northern District of California, and the United States Tax Court. Peter is admitted to practice in the state courts of California and Texas and all courts in the District of Columbia. He is authorized to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with the Circular 230 regulations. Peter is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, which is an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas.
Community service is an important aspect of Peter's life. He's a three time past Member of the Board of Directors for Historic Tyler, Inc., a past Member of Board of Directors for the Smith County Children's Services Foundation, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Smith County Bar Foundation. Peter contributes many hours of pro bono legal services annually to clients referred by the Lone Star Legal Aid Service.
While not serving clients or the community, Peter and Stasha enjoy renovating and restoring their 1874 historic Tyler home or travailing to their vacation home in Mexico. They cherish quiet time spent with one another, their pets, family and friends. Peter and Stashaâs grandson, Nathaniel, who they lovingly refer to as their âLittle Anti-Depressantâ, lives with his mother Melissa and father Seraglio in Ontario, California. Peterâs daughter Megan lives near to Melissa in the Mount Washington area of Los Angeles, California.