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Jeffrey Charles Miller

Business Attorney at Palo Alto, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

I have practiced business law and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for over twenty-five years.  As a business attorney, I assist businesses with formation and planning; purchases and sales of existing businesses; termination of business entities; commercial leasing matters; and employment matters.  My other focus is on mediation and arbitration, where I help businesses settle disputes outside of the courtroom.

What I enjoy most about being an attorney is helping people transform their hobbies and passions into successful businesses.  Whether I'm helping someone start a restaurant or a software company, I'm always mindful of the goal, which is to take care of the legal aspects of a business pursuit, so my client can focus on growing it.  A lot of people think attorneys can get in the way of a transaction, but my philosophy is just the opposite.  My job is to help a client achieve his or her goal while avoiding potential pitfalls as much as possible. 


Jeffrey C. Miller
2501 Park Blvd
2nd Floor
Palo Alto, CA, 94306


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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great guy
Had a good conversation with Jeffrey and looking forward to doing more work in the future. Thanks Jeffrey
Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2014
Excellent Small Business Lawyer
Jeff recently helped us set up an LLC and investigate other legal matters involved in protecting our small business from liability. He is an absolute pleasure to work with, is honest and upfront about time and cost and clearly explains legal mumbo jumbo in ways that we are able to easily understand. He is very knowledgeable about business law and if there are specific issues that fall outside of his expertise he has a large network to consult. I would highly recommend Jeff as an excellent small business lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2014
Contract Help!
I have a boutique Interior and Event Design Business. I've had a few projects here and there each year, but now that my friends have started to refer my services to more people that I didn't have personal relationships with, I started to worry about the contract language that I had piecemeal together through NOLO. I knew that it was time to get serious about protecting myself. I thought. "How can I expect new clients to take me seriously if I don't have a serious contract?" Jeff Miller was referred to me by a friend and I couldn't be happier with his services. He reviewed my contract within the time frame agreed upon. He really cared about my business and crafted a contract that suited my needs (not a rushed generic contract), and he was willing to answer all of my million questions to put my mind at ease. His knowledgeable and charismatic nature really helped calm my nerves. I very much appreciated being treated like family, which is the way that I treat my clients. He really knows his stuff. I'd refer him over and over again!
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Miller
  • 1986 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Santa Clara University School Of Law
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Adjunct Professor
  • John F. Kennedy University School of Law
  • 1990 - 1994
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Saint Mary's College
  • 1988 - 1996
  • Partner
  • Lobdell, Miller, and Sher
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Notre Dame de Namur University
  • 1982 - 1983
  • Associate
  • Jackson, Tufts, Cole & Black
  • 1978 - 1982
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  • Cornell University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Dartmouth College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Palo Alto Area Bar Association
  • Chair, Business Law Section
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Steering Committee
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2001
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2000
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Mediator and Arbitrator
  • 1994 - 2015
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Barristers Committee
  • President
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Trustee
  • 1985 - 1986
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Mediator and Arbitrator
  • 1985 - 1998
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Barristers Committee
  • Secretary
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Santa Clara County Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Member
  • 1982 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Dartmouth College
  • 1973


  • Contra Costa Business Magazine
  • What Every Business Should Know About Legal Disputes
  • 1990
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Using Mediation to Resolve Legal Disputes
  • 1985

Speaking Engagements

  • PAABA Business Law Section
  • When a Business Interest Ends Up in Family Court
  • 2013
  • PAABA Business Law Section
  • LLCs v. S-Corps
  • 2013
  • PAABA Business Law Section
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • 2012
  • Los Altos-Mountain View Board of Realtors
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in Real Estate Disputes
  • 1997
  • Kiwanis
  • Effective Use of Arbitration and Mediation in Business
  • 1995
  • Annual Meeting of the San Francisco Association of Legal Assistants
  • What Are the Alternatives in Alternative Dispute Resolution?
  • 1994
  • Santa Clara County Bar Trial Lawyers Association
  • Effective Use of Arbitration
  • 1988
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Evaluation, Negotiation, Settlement, and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 1987
  • Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Utilizing Alternative Dispute Resolution in Business Matters
  • 1987
  • State Bar of California, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Governing Committee
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in Civil Cases
  • 1985
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section
  • The Use of Mini-Trials and Arbitrations in the Context of Corporate Disputes
  • 1985
  • Santa Clara County Barristers Club
  • Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Their Impact on the Legal System
  • 1984
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Attorney endorsements

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Business Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred several clients to Jeff and have worked alongside him on several matters. He is very thoughtful and responsive and an excellent lawyer. His PhD in Psychology and business acumen make him an excellent choice for business related mediations as well."
Business Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Jeff is fully committed to his client's and their needs. He goes above and beyond what is required to acquire a favorable result. I would recommend him unhesitatingly.Sam Polverino"
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Palo Alto Business Lawyer Jeffrey Charles Miller
Jeffrey Charles Miller
Business Attorney
Palo Alto, CA
Licensed for 45 years