I grew up in Douglas County, Georgia where I graduated from Alexander High School in 1990. Subsequently, I attended the State University of West Georgia and graduated in 1995. While attending the State University of West Georgia, I was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity, Gamma Sigma Alpha honor society, President of the Order of Omega, as well as the Interfraternity Council. I was also named as Who’s Who Among Students at America’s Universities and Colleges. During college, I had the opportunity to gain extensive legislative experience while interning with several committees for the Georgia House of Representatives and as well serving as an aide to former Georgia State Senator Perry McGuire.
After college I worked as a glorified telemarketer a/k/a "Account Manager" for Bellsouth, Inc. Foreseeing a future of headsets, cubicles and incompetent office managers (a scene not unlike the Movie "Office Space"). I determined that I would go to law school. Thus, I was off to Birmingham, Alabama's Cumberland School of Law at Samford University for higher education.
While in law school, I was very active in Cumberland’s nationally renowned Trial Advocacy Program and was a finalist in both the Herbert W. Peterson National Trial Team Competition and the Judge James Haley Federal Court Competition. I was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, and assisted in writing a comprehensive treatise on DUI and Municipal Court Law for Judge T. Brad Bishop.
During law school I was provided an opportunity to work for David McDade the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. This opportunity allowed me to begin practicing law as a third year law student. After graduation, I returned home to Douglas County to work with the firm of W. O’Neal Dettmering, P.C. as a litigation associate. In contemplation of Mr. Dettmering’s appointment to the Douglas County State Court Bench, I began my firm; practicing in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation, and administrative and election law.
I then gained further experience in the areas of civil litigation, construction law, personal injury litigation, as well as zoning and land use law during my tenure as an associate with the Douglas County firm of Hartley, Rowe & Fowler, P.C. The attorneys and staff at Hartley, Rowe & Fowler, provided me the opportunity to develop fundamental litigation and advocacy skills, which I now use to protect consumers, injured parties, and small business owners.
Starting my own Firm in August of 2005, I took the opportunity to turn a small corner office donated by Victor Harrison, Esq. into Michael J. Miller, P.C. Through hard work, commitment to my clients, and some long hours I was able to build a base of clients in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation, and small business counseling and corporate general counsel.
I, with the help of my wonderful wife, Melissa, and my dedicated and bright assistants, not only committed Michael J. Miller, P.C. to protecting our clients during the course of litigation and business transactions, but I also take an active role in developing legislation and policy for the State of Georgia. For example, Governor Sonny Perdue appointed me to Georgia’s Construction Industry Licensing Board, where I help protect the interests of the state’s consumers and builders from unlicensed and unscrupulous sub-contractors. In addition, Former Governor, Roy Barnes, looked to my experience and expertise with DUI laws and teenage driver issues when he appointed me to the Blue Ribbon Young Drivers and DUI study Commission for the State of Georgia. Most recently, I had the honor of being elected to the Douglas County Board of Education where I have been dedicated assuring transparency and the proper stewardship of taxpayers' dollars.
I feel it is my duty to give back to the area where I grew up. Consequently, I remain involved in the communities where I practice law. As such, I am a member in the State University of West Georgia Alumni Association and I have served as the Alumni Advisor to the Chi Phi Fraternity at the State University of West Georgia. I am a member of the Douglas County Bar Association, the Cobb County Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American Bar Association.
In 2004, I was honored by GeorgiaTrend Magazine's naming me as one of Georgia’s Top Forty Under Forty. I feel this honor was simply a direct result of my dedication and service to my clients, my community, and the State of Georgia. Whether I am in the courtroom, the boardroom, at the negotiation table, or in the State House, I always strive to develop quality relationships with those with whom I have the fortune to work with. Finally, I have the pleasure of fighting hard to protect my clients' best interests.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2000||11/07/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 40 Under 40||GeorgiaTrend Magazine||2004|
|Managing Partner||Miller & Hightower||2005 - Present|
|Associate||Hartley, Rowe & Fowler, P.C.||2002 - 2005|
|Partner||Hamrick, Drummond & Miller, LLP||2001 - 2002|
|Associate||W. O'Neal Dettmering, P.C.||2000 - 2001|
|Prosecutor||Douglas County District Attorney||1997 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Georgia School Boards Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Cobb County Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Douglas County Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||2000 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2000 - Present|
|B Scene Magazine||The Injury Law Advisor 2009 Legislative Priorities Update||2008|
|Samford University, Cumberland School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|University of West Georgia||Economics||Other - Bachelors||1995|
|West Georgia Republican Womens Meeting||School Law||2009|