Timothy J. Miller
- Commercial Litigation
- Directors and Officers Litigation
- Legal Malpractice Defense
- Partnership Disputes
- Professional Liability
- Real Estate Litigation
Tim Miller is experienced in matters concerning attorneys’ and other professionals’ liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, partnership law, contract law and business torts. In 2013, Tim was named Novack and Macey’s General Counsel.
Representing attorneys and law firms in malpractice (or non-malpractice) situations makes up a large portion of Tim’s practice. Tim has represented law firms ranging from solo practitioners to large multi-national law firms. He has represented lawyers and law firms in matters alleging a wide range of malpractice in all types of forums, including trial and appellate courts, private arbitrations and private mediations. In 2014, he was named to lead Novack and Macey’s Defense of Law Firms group.
The range of matters in which Tim has represented lawyers is very broad. Tim regularly represents lawyers and law firms accused of malpractice in connection with transactional and estate planning work. He has represented lawyers and law firms charged with negligence in their handling of litigation. Tim has defended lawyers from claims that they aided and abetted their clients’ wrongdoing, conspired with their clients to commit wrongful acts, tortuously interfered with contracts or business expectations, and/or committed fraud on behalf of their clients. Tim also has represented lawyers and law firms accused of charging excessive fees and lawyers and law firms trying to collect unpaid fees.
Tim is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and the Chicago Bar Association. He is ranked as a Preeminent Attorney, the highest Peer Review Rating of the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer rating service. Tim has been a member of the Editorial Board of Mealey’s D&O Liability Litigation Reports. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate at Sidley & Austin.
Tim attended Duke Law School where he graduated with high honors. He was managing editor of the Duke Law Journal, a member of the Order of the Coif and a member of the Moot Court Board.
Born in 1960 and raised in Michigan, Tim lives in Wilmette with his wife, Kimberly, and their three children.
- Alma College (B.A., 1982), (Summa Cum Laude), Phi Beta Kappa
- Duke University Law School (J.D., 1985), High Honors, Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Duke Law Journal
- Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
- United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
- “Proactive Client: Stop Legal Malpractice Before It Happens with These Tips,” Smart Business Chicago, September 2014 PDF
- Faculty, “Outsourcing 2014: Outsourcing Critical Services, Ethics Issues in Negotiating Sourcing Deals,” Practicing Law Institute Seminar, September 29-30, 2014, Chicago. PDF
- “Ownership and Control of Lawyers’ Files Relating to Representation,” CBA Record, November 2013. PDF
- “Ethical Conundrums in Negotiating Outsourcing Deals.” Practising Law Institute, Intellectual Property Course Handbook Series, 2013.
- “Should Derivative Legal Malpractice Be Allowed in Illinois?” Illinois Bar Journal, February 2013. PDF
- Co-author, “Smart Evidence: Commercial Litigation.” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2012.
- Co-author, “Illinois Civil Practice: Trying the Case.” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2012.
- “Ethical Considerations in Negotiating Outsourcing Deals.” Practising Law Institute, Intellectual Property Course Handbook Series, 2012.
- “Appeals from Judicial Criticism of Lawyers,” SideBar of the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association, Summer 2011. PDF
- Co-author, “Smart Evidence: Commercial Litigation.” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2006.
- “Illinois Settlement Pitfalls,” CBA Record, May 2007. PDF
- “7th Circuit Gives Arbitrators Permission to Ignore the Law,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 28, 2001.
- Co-author, “Are Your Attorney-Client Retention Agreements Enforceable?” CBA Record, January 2001.
- “The Attorney’s Duty to Reveal a Client’s Intended Future Criminal Conduct,” 1984 Duke Law Journal 582.
- Co-author, “Appeals Court Warns a New Retainer Agreement Pitfall,” www.law.com.
- Tim Miller Tells Clients to Be Proactive in Stopping Legal Malpractice Before It Starts
- Novack and Macey Attorneys Mitch Marinello and Tim Miller Present IICLE Webcast on “Ethics in the Federal Courts” from 12 to 1 pm on June 13, 2013
- Timothy J. Miller Named General Counsel of Novack and Macey LLP
- Tim Miller Argues Against Derivative Legal Malpractice in the Illinois Bar Journal
- 17 Attorneys Named as 2013 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Tim Miller Discusses the Responsibilities and Risks of Serving on a Corporate Board of Directors in “Smart Business Chicago”
- IICLE Recognizes Novack and Macey Volunteers as “Exceptional Writers” of Civil-Litigation Materials
- Tim Miller Named to Facultyof PLI Seminar on Ethics Issues in Negotiating Sourcing Deals
- IICLE Publishes 2012 Edition of “SmartEvidence: Commercial Litigation” by Novack and Macey Attorneys Mitch Marinello, Tim Miller and Rebekah Parker
- Federal District Court Denies Motion to Reconsider Order Dismissing Defamation Claim Against Court-Appointed Receiver
- Miller, Drury and Schwartz Contribute to 2012 Illinois Civil Practice Handbook
- Tim Miller Cautions Business Executives Who Blog: “Don’t Let the Informality Fool You”
- Fleming, Macey, Mann, Marinello, Miller, Novack, Shonkwiler and Tarkington Are 2012 Illinois Super Lawyers
- Novack and Macey Attorneys Obtain Dismissal of Arbitration Proceeding
- Tim Miller Discusses “Appeals from Judicial Criticism of Lawyers” in FBA’s SideBar
- “Making a deal: What to do when considering and entering into a settlement agreement,” an Interview in the April 2011 issue of Smart Business Chicago magazine.
- Fleming, Macey, Mann, Marinello, Miller, Novack, Shonkwiler and Tarkington Are 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers
- Case Against Novack and Macey’s Client Dismissed
- Novack and Macey Attorneys Are Super Lawyers and Rising Stars!
- Novack and Macey Wins Dismissal of Complaint Against Its Client
- Motion to Dismiss Complaint Against Novack and Macey’s Clients Granted
- Novack and Macey’s Client Dismissed From Mortgage Rescue Fraud Case
- Novack & Macey Successfully Defends Dismissal of Appeal
- Appellate Court Upholds Novack and Macey’s Successful Defense of Law Firm Claim Accused of Malpractice
- In Case of First Impression, Court Upholds Novack and Macey’s Interpretation of Statute Regarding Security Interests
- Levine, Siegel and Campbell Obtain Over $18.9 Million in an Arbitration Award Against a Fund Manager
- Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Time Consumer Marketing, Inc. in Dismissal of Sweepstakes Mailing List
- Appellate Court Affirms Law Firm’s Right to Arbitration
- Appellate Court Allows Breach of Contract and Fraud Litigation