Jim Miller has taken more than 100 cases to verdict, judgment or award
before juries, judges, and arbitrators, throughout Florida and the United States, delivering exceptional results for sophisticated clients. He represents companies and individuals across an assortment of industries such as banking and financial institutions, technology, manufacturing and product
distribution, and communications.
Jim has won jury verdicts in cases ranging from antitrust to personal injury, intellectual property, trade secrets, contracts, franchising, and licensing. Jim’s ample range of experience enables him to serve his clients’ varied legal issues.
From representing cutting-edge internet companies in government investigations and other disputes, to representing financial institutions and officers and directors in
multidistrict litigation, a national government seeking to recover assets hidden by a
former national president, or representing a former Attorney General of the United
States in a civil rights case, he brings considerable dexterity and knowledge to each
In addition to his legal practice, Jim was active in firm management of an AmLaw 100 firm as managing partner of the largest law office in the state of Florida and as national chairman of the litigation department.
• J.D., University of Chicago Law School
• B.A., University of Miami, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions: Florida
Jim is a past President of The Trial Network (www.trial.com), an association of the country's leading trial law firms, and a past President of the Miami Museum of Science.
Recently, in 2023 Jim was identified as one of the leading lawyers in the world by Lexology/Who’s Who Legal in two practice areas — Commercial Litigation and Asset Recovery.
Jim was selected to Super Lawyers for 2007 – 2020 and was identified by Who’s Who Legal in 2020 as one of less than 50 Litigation Thought Leaders in the United States.
He has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and as a “Litigation Star” in Benchmark Litigation.
You are not looking for a lawyer to lose. You want to win, but you may not be sure what a win looks like. Sometimes it is two to three years of hard work, preparation, stamina, and a jury verdict in your favor. It's a great feeling and vindication. I have handled many cases, including "scorched earth" cases, through to a successful verdict. But recent studies of both state and federal courts show that only one percent (1%) of cases actually go to trial. Many are resolved on legal grounds through pretrial motions, but the large majority of cases are resolved through settlement. This means that most of the time winning means a good settlement.
A good settlement is one negotiated from a position of strength. But achieving a good settlement also requires a clear and early understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the case along with the costs and risks.
So, how do YOU win? With experienced counsel.
After that header, I want to be up-front with you. I'm not cheap. But my standard hourly rate is less than half of my rate as a member of Big Law. The real problem with litigation is the time it takes and the many steps taken to get to a resolution. Some of this is unavoidable and necessary to comply with court rules. However, too many disputes are litigated "to death" with no stone left unturned. The problem is that too many of those stones do not lie in the path because there is no path. Litigation must be managed.
A 2015 report by the National Center for State Courts and the State Justice Institute on approximately 12,000 cases in 152 state courts in 10 urban counties in 2012 and 2013 found that in the majority of cases, “[f]or most represented litigants, the costs of litigating a case through trial would greatly exceed the monetary value of the case.”
Think about that. In most cases clients are spending more to litigate than the case is worth!
How can that happen? It happens through a failure to manage - manage the case and manage client expectations. In my experience a winning solution comes through a good, early case assessment. Knowing the value of a case leads to a litigation strategy that is proportional to what is at stake.