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 selected by his peers and an independent panel as an Illinois “Leading Lawyer” annually since since 2004. Leading Lawyers recognizes the top five percent of attorneys in the State. He has been chosen as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” annually for more than 10 years. In addition, 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
- Faculty, “Outsourcing 2015: Sourcing Critical Services, Ethics Issues in Negotiating Sourcing Deals,” Practising Law Institute Seminar, September, 28-29, 2015, Chicago.
- Co-Author, “Defining the Boundaries: Ethical Limits on Witness Preparation,” CBA Record, September 2015. PDF
- Author, “Ethical Issues in Outsourcing Negotiation,” Practising Law Institute, Intellectual Property Course Handbook Series, 2015.
- Co-Author, Chapter 8, “Recurring Ethical Issues When Representing Closely Held Entities,” Handbook on Disputes Involving Closely Held Companies, published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2015.
- Faculty, “Who Says I Have to Understand Technology? – The ABA’s New Duty of Technology Competence,” 2015 Legal Ethics Conference of Law Bulletin Publishing, June 16, 2015, Chicago.
- “Arbitration Panel Issues $10 Million Sanction Against Lance Armstrong,” Case Note on Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp. v. SCA Promotions, Inc., SCA Insurance Specialists, Inc., American Bar Association Section of Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution News & Developments, February 20, 2015. PDF
- “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.
- Author, “Ethical Considerations in Negotiating Outsourcing,” 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.