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Having practiced at the Federal Public Defenders' Office and civil law firms, Ken Miller focuses his practice on criminal and civil cases in federal and state courts, including criminal and civil RICO, fraud and forfeiture, FCPA, money laundering, civil rights, habeas corpus, breach of contract, and code enforcement.


Kenneth Miller was selected as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference for 2011-2013.

Kenneth M. Miller was named by Southern California Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top White Collar Criminal Defense Attorneys in Southern California for 2010.

In addition to his service with the Federal Public Defenders' Office, Mr. Miller practiced with the law firms of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker; Silver, Shaeffer & Hadden; and Steward & Miller. Mr. Miller has handled numerous federal jury trials, both civil and criminal, and over twenty-five oral arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has obtained favorable results in many criminal and civil cases, including substantially reduced sentences for many clients and numerous reversals in federal courts of appeals.

Representative cases include: Defense of $100 million fraud case brought by the SEC and parallel criminal proceedings to earn a favorable settlement; Defense of individual convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life, where conviction was vacated and case was eventually dismissed; Defense of individual where sentence was reversed and later halved; Defense of individual where voluntary manslaughter conviction was reversed; Favorable settlement for former City Manager who was terminated in violation of his right to freedom of speech.

After graduating from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, Order of the Coif, where he was an editor of the Law Review, Mr. Miller clerked for the Honorable Roger D. Foley, Senior U.S. District Judge. He is an author and lecturer on various aspects of criminal law.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 40%
  2. White Collar Crime: 40%
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    26 years
  4. Appeals: 10%
    26 years



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Bienert Miller & Katzman, PLC

903 Calle Amanecer
Suite 350
San Clemente, CA, 92673-6253


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceNinth Circuit Judicial Conference2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBienert Miller & Katzman2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationN/A2000 - 2011
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1998 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. Sanchez, USCA No. 06-50329Reversed and Remanded
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Publication nameTitleDate
Federal Bar Association, Orange County ChapterInvestigating Corporate Employees in Civil and Criminal Litigation - A Necessary But Difficult Task2010
Federal Bar AssociationIndividual Responses to Federal Subpoenas For Clients With Possible Criminal Exposure2007
The Champion magazineCombating the Prosecutor's Improper Utilization of Inconsistent Theories2002
The Los Angeles Daily JournalWashing White Collars With Dirty Money2000
CACJOutrageous Government Conduct that Shocks the Conscience1998
CACJCircumventing the Guidelines Prohibition Against Departures for Youthful Lack of Guidance1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of TexasGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LULACHomeland Security and Civil Rights2002
Training Seminar for the Federal Public Defender's OfficeAffirmative and Other Defenses: A Fresh Look1998
Advanced Federal Sentencing PracticeCreative Downward Departures1996