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Michael Miller

Attorney Profile

I have been in private practice for more than 30 years and am very active in the organized bar and community. My many leadership positions include:

  • President-Elect, New York State Bar Association;
  • Chair, House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association
  • Past President, New York County Lawyers' Association; and
  • Past Chair, New York State Conference of Bar leaders;

Among my many activities, I have chaired numerous committees and drafted reports pertaining to the administration of justice, conditions in the courts, judicial qualifications, and related matters.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education:
New York Law School, JD (1984)
New York University, BA (1981)

Bar Admissions: New York, New Jersey, Florida and various Federal Courts

1984-Present
Solo practitioner: general civil practice focusing primarily on the representation of high net-worth clients in estate, trust and elder law matters, and the representation of heirs, spouses, next of kin, trustees, executors, estate representatives, guardians, receivers and other fiduciaries and parties in estate-related matters.

Selected Awards & Recognition:

  • New York Super Lawyers – Metro Edition (2009 – 2016)
  • 2002-2016 AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® (the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards)
  • 2014 NYCLA President's Commendation (Judicial Budget Cuts)
  • 2002 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award and other awards for 9/11 relief work
  • 1999 Award of Merit, Central and East European Law Initiative (Kosovo Refugee Project)
  • 1996 Award of Recognition, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Bosnian Elections)
  • 1993 NYSBA Award of Merit (to NYCLA for Pro Bono Program)
  • 1993 ABA Partnership Award (to NYCLA for Pro Bono Program)
  • Honorary Member, 69th Regiment, NY (U.S. Army Reserves) 2007

New York State Bar Association

  • President-Elect (June1, 2017- May 31, 2018)
  • Vice President, 1st Judicial District (2015-2017)
  • Member, Executive Committee (2007-2008, 2015-present)
  • Member, House of Delegates (1992-1996, 1997-2000, 2001-2005, 2006-2010, 2012-present)
  • Life Fellow, New York State Bar Foundation
  • Member, Nominating Committee (2000-2004)
  • Member, Special Committee on Seniors (1988-1991)
  • Elder Law Section:
    • Founding Member, Executive Committee (1991-1998)
    • Founding Editor, Section Newsletter (1991-1993)
    • Chair, Committee on Networking (1993-1996)
    • Chair, Committee on Guardianships and Fiduciaries (1996-1998)
    • Associate Editor, Guardianship Practice in NYS (NYSBA 1997)
  • Co-Chair, President's Committee on Access to Justice (2017-present)
  • Member, Membership Committee (2016-present)
  • Member, Working Group on Third Party Legal Services (2015-2017)
  • Member, Special Committee on Ombudsman (1998-2002)
  • Member, Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising (1997-1999)
  • Chair, Special Committee on the Unlawful Practice of the Law (1996-1997)
  • Member, Trusts and Estate Law Section (1985-present)
  • Member, General Practice Section (1994-present)

New York State Conference of Bar Leaders

  • Chair, NYS Conference of Bar Leaders (2003-2004)
  • Executive Council, NYS Conference of Bar Leaders (2002-2005)

New York County Lawyers' Association (NYCLA)

  • President, President-Elect & Vice President (1998-2004)
  • Member, Executive Committee of Board of Directors (1994-1996, 1997-2006)
  • Member, Board of Directors (1992-1996, 1997-present)
  • Co-Chair, Task Force on Judicial Budget Cuts (2011-2015)
  • Co-Chair, Committee on Continuing Legal Education and CLE Institute (1995-2002)
  • Chair, Annual Dinner (1995 & 1998)
  • Chair, Committee on the Judiciary (1993-1997)
  • Co-Chair, Special Committee on Cameras in the Courts (1993-1995)
  • Chair, Special Committee on State Court Facilities (1992-1997)
  • Chair, Special Committee on Electronic Recording of Judicial Proceedings (1992-1996)
  • Chair, Civil Court Practice Section (1991-1993)

Other Relevant NYCLA Activities

Safe Housing for Children Pro Bono Project
Developed, coordinated and ran (for four years) the Safe Housing for Children Pro Bono Project at NYCLA in which social workers from the New York Foundling Hospital and 20 other social service agencies received 24 hours of training on issues related to housing and families - as recognition for this program, NYCLA received the New York State Bar Association's 1993 Award of Merit, the American Bar Association's 1993 Partnership Project Award, and a $35,000 IOLA grant.

"Legal Forum" - Weekly Cable T.V. Program
Created, produced and hosted NYCLA's weekly public access cable television program - Legal Forum – broadcasted in 1996 and 1997 seasons. Programs addressed a wide range of topics designed to demystify the legal process, including: The Fourth Amendment; Surrogate Decision-Making: Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, and Health Care Proxies; What Happens If You're Arrested; Why You Need a Will; Living Trusts; Personal Bankruptcy; New York's Death Penalty, and; the media and the law.

American Bar Association

  • Member, House of Delegates (2000-2004)
  • Member, National Conference of Bar Presidents (2000-2006)
  • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (1986-present)
  • Member, General Practice Small Firm and Solo Section (2000-present)
  • Recipient, 2002 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award
  • NYS Delegate, National Caucus of State Bar Associations (2002-2003)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2002-present)

Other Professional Activities

  • Small Claims Court Arbitration
  • Civil Court Special Masters Program
  • NYS Supreme Court Commercial Division Arbitration

Other Relevant Activities

Bosnian Elections
Election Supervisor in war-torn Bosnia for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the international body authorized under the Dayton Accords to coordinate and supervise the Bosnian elections. (1996)

Kosovo Refugees
Interviewed Kosovo refugees for evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Justice, in association with the Central and East European Law Initiative of the ABA in support of the work of the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague. (1999)

9/11 Relief Work
Recipient of 2002 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award and other awards for 9/11 relief work. Following the 9/11 attacks, worked 7 days per week for 6 weeks in the recruitment, training and coordination of volunteer lawyers at the Family Assistance Center on Pier 94 in New York City to assist victims' families in obtaining death certificates and entitlements to which issuance of a death certificate was an essential prerequisite. Interviewed, counseled and consoled victims' grieving family members and assisted in the preparation of legal documents for issuance of death certificates, supervised other volunteers, and coordinated daily de-briefings with mental health professionals. Helped establish NYCLA's Adopt-A-Family Program which provided free legal services throughout the probate process for families of firefighters, police officers, and other first responders.

In The News

NEW YORK STATE BAR JOURNAL

Michael chronicles his extraordinary experience as an election supervisor in war-torn Bosnia shortly after the Dayton Accords.

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A PAPER TRAIL OF PAIN AND SORROW
(CBS.com)

Michael helps the families of 9/11 victims.

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ABA PRO BONO AWARD

Michael was awarded the ABA's highest award for pro bono endeavors, especially for his leading role in the 9/11 legal relief efforts for survivors of those who perished. See Michael's interviews on CNN, CBS and with Bryant Gumbel in the Video Center.

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NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL

Michael is profiled in the New York Law Journal upon his induction as President of the New York County Lawyers' Association.

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NEW JERSEY LAW JOURNAL

Helping build the war crimes case, Michael speaks about some of the horrific testimony he took from Kosovo refugees.

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ABA JOURNAL

Michael reflects on 9/11 and the nobility of the legal profession.

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BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE

Michael discusses his pride in the legal profession.

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NEWSDAY

Michael discusses the legal alliance to assist families of 9/11 victims.

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Michael discusses 9/11 legal assistance efforts.

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MICHAEL MILLER

Attorney at Law
666 Fifth Avenue
Suite 1717
New York, NY 10103

(212) 545-7000





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