Biography

An initial member of the firm's Cleveland office, Miller focuses his practice on management interests in labor and employment matters and on corporate representation. A veteran litigator, he also is experienced in the courtroom and in alternative dispute resolution techniques. Miller joined the firm in 2012 and is a regular presenter on labor and employment matters and minimization of legal risk.

Labor + Employment

Miller's career began in-house with a publicly traded specialty chemical company, managing its employment law issues. He continues to represent businesses of all sizes in workplace training, labor negotiations and disputes, employment contracts, and in defending claims of discriminatory conduct.

FLSA Defense

Experienced in handling issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Miller works closely with employers to provide the necessary protections against employee claims. He has successfully defended employers in wage and hour lawsuits brought by individuals and as collective actions in the U.S. district courts and throughout Ohio, and in administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies. Miller also counsels employers on developments in wage and hour laws and regulations, and frequently presents on the subject.

Withdrawal Liability + Unfunded Vested Benefits

Counseling employers on alternatives to and protections from funding liabilities associated with multiemployer plans, Miller has successfully negotiated withdrawal liability resolutions and litigated withdrawal liability on behalf of employers in arbitrations and before U.S. district courts. He provides guidance and solutions when companies with benefit liabilities are transitioning through stock or asset sales or changing corporate form.

Business

Miller serves as outside general counsel to his small and mid-market clients, advising them on comprehensive corporate issues from formation through succession and exit planning with the focus always on maximizing profitability.

Construction Law + Commercial Litigation

With a wealth of commercial litigation experience representing clients in state and federal courts throughout Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, and Texas, Miller has also successfully defended and prosecuted construction disputes, including claims relating to defaults, terminations, bond claims, liquidated damages and equitable adjustments.

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1997)
  • Kent State University (B.A., 1993)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, member

Special Honors

  • Selected as an “Ohio Rising Star” by Law & Politics magazine

Charitable + Civic Involvement

  • American Heart Association, executive leadership committee, "Men Go Red"
  • Association for Corporate Growth, member
  • Exit Planning Institute, Northeast Ohio Chapter, member
  • St. Ignatius High School Alumni Committee, member

Career Highlights

  • Anthony Garner, et al. v. Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, Joseph F. Russo, Administrative Judge, et al. U.S District Court, Northern District Case No. 1:02 CV 1286
    Obtained summary judgment on behalf of management defendant clients in claims of race discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation by 14 plaintiffs. Received a post-judgment award of costs, attorney fees, and sanctions in excess of $500,000.00 against plaintiffs and their counsel
  • City of Parma and Geis Companies v. Ohio EPA, ERAC 184062 and ERAC 674036
    Through a combination of negotiation and litigation, successfully obtained the preferred alternative for clients to fill 22.8 acres of wetlands on a 90-acre site for construction of the 1.4-million-square-foot Parma Industrial Park