Betsy A. Miller is a Partner at Cohen Milstein and Co-Chair of the Public Client practice group. Ms. Miller represents state Attorneys General, counties, and cities in civil law enforcement investigations and litigation involving consumer protection, Medicaid fraud, and other areas of enforcement that protect government interests and vulnerable communities. She currently represents the states of Indiana and New Jersey in their opioid investigations and litigation.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Miller served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Her responsibilities included supervising an office of 700+ employees and serving as the lead lawyer for the historic transition of the D.C. Public Schools under Mayor Adrian Fenty and Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Miller served as Counsel for Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she was responsible for handling confirmation hearings on presidential nominations to the federal judiciary, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to U.S. Attorney’s Offices.
Ms. Miller also spent eight years as a litigator for two premier defense firms, where she represented some of the nation’s largest companies and individuals in matters including First Amendment issues, complex contract disputes, collective bargaining negotiations and arbitration, employment class actions and challenges to independent contractor classification. Her civil defense experience adds to Ms. Miller’s deep and balanced litigation skillset.
Since 2001, Ms. Miller has served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law School, where she teaches seminars on negotiation and mediation strategy. She also holds a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University and is a Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Ms. Miller’s recent representations include:
- Opioids Crisis Litigation & Investigation: Representing New Jersey in its consumer protection, Medicaid fraud, and nuisance lawsuit against Purdue Pharma; representing Indiana in its investigation of all actors contributing to the opioid crisis, including pharmaceutical manufacturers and opioid distributors.
- Moody’s Litigation: Represented the co-lead state (Mississippi) and New Jersey in the $864 million consumer fraud settlement achieved in January 2017 by 22 states and the U.S. Department of Justice with Moody’s Corporation, Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and Moody’s Analytics, Inc.
- S&P Litigation: Represented co-lead state (Mississippi) in the $1.375 billion-dollar consumer fraud settlement achieved in 2015 by 20 states and the U.S. Department of Justice with Standard & Poor’s. Together with the Moody’s settlement, these cases against the nation’s two largest credit rating agencies produced key industry reforms that provide greater transparency for consumers and that divested the credit rating agencies of more than $2.2 billion for their conduct contributing to the national housing crisis and Great Recession.
Ms. Miller’s investigation and litigation successes include matters in the financial, health care and employment law sectors. Examples include:
- Representing the states of Arizona and Nevada in litigation against Bank of America for deceptive conduct in connection with servicing approximately 500,000 mortgages; resulting in financial payments to consumers and the states, commitments to mortgage modifications and other equitable relief valued at nearly $1 billion.
- Representing the state of Montana in an investigation of a Fortune 100 company regarding alleged misclassification of employees as independent contractors; resulting in a multi-million dollar resolution for the state.
- Representing other state attorneys general and municipalities in numerous confidential investigations and settlements.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Miller was a full-time mediator and negotiation consultant. She was engaged by the Kennedy School of Government to evaluate mediation and arbitration programs across Central America, after which she contributed to a book on the same subject.
In addition to serving as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law School, Ms. Miller has taught intensive negotiation courses at Harvard Law School’s Negotiation Institute (formerly Harvard’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers), and has provided negotiation skills training for a wide variety of federal and state government agencies, law firms, corporations and non-profit organizations.
Ms. Miller has authored several articles, including her most recent publication, “Untapped Potential: Creating a Systematic Model for Mediation Preparation,” which appears as Chapter 13 in the AAA Handbook on Mediation – Third Edition (2016).
Ms. Miller received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and earned her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor on the Harvard Human Rights Journal and the Harvard Latino Law Review. She is the recipient of Harvard Law School’s post-graduate Heyman Fellowship for government service and academic excellence and Harvard Law School’s Kaufman Fellowship for public service. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In 2017, Ms. Miller received her Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership (ITL).
- Certified Leadership Coach, International Coach Federation, 2017-present
- Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 2001-present
- Guest Lecturer, Harvard Law School, 2010
- Consultant, Fisher, William W. & Martha A. Field, Legal Reform in Central America: Dispute Resolution & Property Systems, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1998-2000
- Consultant, Harvard Negotiation Institute, 1998-1999