Michael Miller

Trial Attorney | Partner

Michael T. Miller
Rated by Super Lawyers

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10.0Michael T Miller

Mr. Miller has literally thousands of hours of experience representing people in high stakes, multi-million dollar complex litigation against many of the largest corporations and product manufacturers in the United States, including John Crane, Georgia-Pacific, Lorillard Tobacco Company, General Electric, Kaiser Gypsum and Kelly-Moore. Mr. Miller regularly litigates cases against the most prestigious “Big Law” insurance defense firms in the U.S. His legal practice focuses on all civil litigation representing plaintiffs, including employment law in San DIego representing employees, consumer safety law, toxic injury law, such as mesothelioma, tobacco and catastrophic injury and wrongful death. 

In 2013, Mr. Miller was chosen by his firm to attend the prestigious ABA/TIPS/American Board of Trial Advocates National Trial Academy held at the National Judicial College in Reno, NV. Mr. Miller has been fortunate enough to work closely with at trial, and learn from, one of the most active and accomplished trial attorneys in California, Gil Purcell.

In 2014, Mr. Miller was part of a trial team that led to a Los Angeles jury finding that Lorillard Tobacco Co. should pay at least $3.9 million to the widow of a longtime Kent and Newport smoker, finding the cigarettes’ negligent design was a key factor in her husband’s death and contributed to nearly $18 million in total damages.

In 2014, Mr. Miller worked as part of a team on a case where a jury assessed a $70,861,113 verdict for a retired machinist mate and nuclear inspector. The jury decided that John Crane, Inc. was negligent, that its asbestos-containing products were defective in design, and that it failed to warn. The jury assessed $40 million in non-economic damages. The jury assessed $30 Million dollars in Loss of Consortium Damages and $861,113 in economic damages.

Mr. Miller has successfully represented thousands of individuals throughout the state of California, including San Diego, Orange County,  Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, Sacramento and Riverside. In addition to California, Mr. Miller has handled cases in the states of Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Oklahoma, Florida and Hawaii. Mr. Miller’s aggressive representation style has resulted in the recovery of more than $75,000,000 for his clients.

In 2018, Mr. Miller was selected by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.” The American Society of Legal Advocates is an invitation-only, nationwide organization of elite lawyers in practice today who combine stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards. A team of lawyers spent six months researching tens of thousands of lawyers across the country and manually selecting less than 1.5% of all lawyers based on an array of criteria. 

Mr. Miller was selected to the Super Lawyers 2017 Rising Stars List, an honor that is limited to 2.5% of attorneys in California. Mr. Miller is considered a “Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in San Diego” by Super Lawyers. In 2017, Mr. Miller was also recognized by the “Lawyers of Distinction,” an honor which is given to the top 10% of lawyers in the US. Mr. Miller was honored as one of the “Top Attorneys in Northern California” in 2017 by San Francisco Magazine. Mr. Miller has acheived a “Superb” Rating on the independent attorney review website, Avvo. Mr. Miller also earned Avvo’s “Clients’ Choice Award” in 2017.

Mr. Miller attended law school at the California Western School of Law and graduated in 2009 with his J.D. and earned an Area of Concentration Certificate in Employment Law, with honors. While in law school, he was on the Dean’s List and earned Academic Achievement awards in California Civil Procedure. He also volunteered as a law clerk at the Fair Housing Council of San Diego, which earned him the Wiley P. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services.

Mr. Miller is admitted to practice in the state of California, U.S. District Court Northern District of California and U.S. District Court Southern District of California. Mr. Miller is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, Primerus, the Marin County Bar Association and the San Diego County Bar Association. In August 2017, Mr. Miller was selected to be on the Trial Guides Digital Advisory Board, a very small, select group that Trial Guides uses for guidance and input.

Prior to law school, Mr. Miller attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. Mr. Miller was regularly on the Dean’s List and was chosen to have his biography published on the National Dean’s list.

Mr. Miller was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and is a lifelong, die-hard Cubs fan. Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Miller enjoys going on hikes with his dog, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family while enjoying the beautiful sunshine in San Diego.

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