The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. It is our mission to promote a unique and professional networking opportunity for trial lawyers, while developing progressive ideas to pursue justice for those injured by the negligence of others, to educate the public about the importance of access to courts that are free of bias and undue influence, and to protect the American right of trial by jury.
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What’s your proudest moment as a trial lawyer?
One of my earliest and proudest courtroom moments happened during my very first oral argument in federal court. I was representing Wen Ho Lee, a Chinese-American nuclear physicist who was wrongfully accused of being a spy and sued the federal government and various media outlets to clear his name. My mentor — an amazing and generous lawyer named Brian Sun — let me argue the motion against top defense partners representing the New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post and the Associated Press. The judge looked at me standing alone at the podium, then she looked at opposing counsels’ table — filled with nearly a dozen of the most respected First Amendment lawyers in the country — and she said, “Well, gentlemen, it looks like Ms. Miller is out for bear today.” I won the motion.
What is your most notable verdict or settlement?
From 2010 to 2017, I co-led the litigation and negotiations that resulted in settlements with S&P and Moody’s valued at more than $2.2 billion. I represented the states of Mississippi and New Jersey in their consumer fraud litigation against these companies for their role in creating the financial crisis of the late 2000s. I worked closely with the lead lawyers from the state of Connecticut and the U.S. Department of Justice to achieve a national resolution of these claims for 20 states and the federal government. These were the first cases to ever hold the nation’s largest and most trusted credit rating agencies accountable for their contribution to the financial crisis.
Ms. Miller's complete profile can be viewed here.