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I have been practicing criminal defense law in Arizona for approximately 40 years. From 1985 until August, 2012, I was a certified criminal law specialist.  It was my choice not to re-apply for certification, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was that after all these years, if I don't know what I'm doing, being "certified" isn't going to change that.   


My practice is almost exclusively in state superior courts and some lower level courts (city, justice of the peace).  It also consists of considerable experience in appeals and post-conviction relief (called "Rule 32s" in Arizona).


After practicing in my home state of New York for several years, my husband and I returned to Arizona, where we'd both attended law school (in Tucson).  Initially, I clerked for the now deceased Justice Jack D.H. Hays of the Arizona Supreme Court.  That was followed by a stint as a staff attorney for that court, under the tutelage of the Hon. Sarah Grant, then the Chief Staff Attorney and now a retired Court of Appeals judge.  These experiences made me a better trial lawyer and a much better appellate lawyer.


When I went into private practice, I worked for John J. Flynn, one of the attorneys responsible for the Miranda v. Arizona decision. Unfortunately, I did not work for John for long when he had a massive heart attack and died.  I finished up some of the work he'd left, then went to work for another distinguished criminal defense attorney in Phoenix, Thomas A. Thinnes (deceased).  After approximately eight years with Tom, I went out on my own.  However, I learned a great deal from Tom, who was a good friend and superior mentor. 


I have had many mentors among some of the senior attorneys here in Arizona (although I am one myself now).  Among the many were Craig Mehrens, Jordan Green, Tom Karas (deceased)  and Phil Goldstein (deceased).  All of them taught me a great deal about being a good and honest lawyer. 


My job, as a criminal defense lawyer, is seeing to it that the state and all its agents "play" fairly, and that they honor the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona by seeing to it that justice is done in each individual case.  In doing that, I not only help my clients, but all citizens.  Once the state plays unfairly, it will not stop with just one person, but will extend to anyone brought into the criminal justice system.


Both my children are grown and on their own.  For entertainment, I have  been a season ticket holder with the WNBA team here in Phoenix (the Mercury) for 15 years.  I have also become an avid fan of women's NCAA basketball, and watch as much as I am able in between everything else I do.  It is great fun to watch the young women in the NCAA grow and mature for four years, then often go on to play for teams in the WNBA.  Title IX was not available to my generation, but it has made all the difference in the world to these young ladies.


If you or someone you love is in trouble with the law, please do not hesitate to call me for a free one hour consultation.  We will decide together if I am the right attorney for your needs.  If I am not the right attorney for you, I will refer you to others that might better supply counsel for your particular case. 


I do not handle DUIs, for they are a sub-specialty which requires a keen knowledge of the laws and how frequently they change.  I also will not handle a homicide where the state is asking for the death penalty.  I am adamantly opposed to the death penaly, and will not assist the state in its endeavor to kill its citizens.  Beyond those two areas, I am ready, willing and able to assist you in your quest for justice within the system. 


Eleanor L. Miller




Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 95%
    43 years
  2. Appeals: 5%
    35 years



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  • Zachary Nathaniel Storrs

    Ms. Miller is an excellent attorney and a fantastic appellate attorney.


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  • Karen Anne Richman

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Miller is one of the most skilled and experienced criminal and appellate practitioners in Arizona. She will fight for her clients with everything she has. Only someone has successful as Ms. Miller can practice in the same area for so many years; it because she is one of the very best.


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Contact info

3510 N. 15th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ, 85015


NYCurrently registered 197303/13/2015
AZActive 197205/23/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10%Superlawyers of the Southwest2012
Vanguard Leadership AwardArizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice2011
Selection to Arizona's Finest LawyersArizona's Finest Lawyers2011
Superlawyers of the SouthwestSuperlawyers2010
Superlawyers of the SouthwestSuperlawyers2009
Southwest SuperlawyersSuperlawyers2008
Jack Williams Appellate Achievement AwardArizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Arizona AttorneyEditorial Board2008 - Present
Arizona State Bar Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Issuescommittee member2005 - Present
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticePresident2001 - 2002
Arizona Women Lawyers AssociationFounding MemberN/A
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeCharter MemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1972
State University of New York, College at New PaltzElementary EducationBA - Bachelor of Arts1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SeminarsGrand jury motions; contempt proceedingsN/A