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Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General Joins Perkins Coie

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Leading Government Lawyer Joins Appellate Practice

SEATTLE (October 2, 2012) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Eric D. Miller has joined the firm’s Seattle office as a partner in the firm’s Appellate Practice Group.  He was previously an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General in Washington, D.C.  In that position, he argued 14 cases in the United States Supreme Court, and he has filed more than 200 briefs in the Supreme Court. 

“Eric has impeccable credentials and we are honored that he has decided to join our firm,” said Bob Giles, Perkins Coie’s Managing Partner.  “Our appellate practice has a long history of successfully representing clients in a variety of venues and Eric’s significant Supreme Court and Department of Justice experience are ideal complements to our existing rich appellate bench.  Eric will be an outstanding member of our appellate practice and our firm.”

During his tenure at the Office of the Solicitor General from 2007-2012, Miller argued cases in a wide range of fields, including telecommunications, energy, employment, and administrative law.  He also drafted merits briefs, certiorari petitions, and briefs in opposition to certiorari on a wide range of issues.  Prior to joining the Office of the Solicitor General, Miller was Deputy General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission and prior to that, worked at the United States Department of Justice in both the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division and the Office of Legal Counsel.  At the Department of Justice, he received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his conduct of national-security litigation.  Miller also served as a Law Clerk to D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Miller earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated with highest honors, was a member of the Order of the Coif, and was the Topics & Comments Editor of The University of Chicago Law Review.  He received his A.B.. magna cum laude in physics from Harvard University.

Perkins Coie’s Appellate Practice group defends victories and seeks relief for clients in appellate courts across the country.  We have represented clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, every federal appellate circuit court, many state appellate courts and dozens of federal and state agencies.  Our experience before the Ninth and the Federal Circuits is especially deep.  In addition, dozens of our appellate attorneys have served as federal or state appellate judicial clerks.  That experience gives us insight into the reasoning and arguments that will resonate with appellate courts.  The matters we handle span the spectrum of civil, business and regulatory issues, and often involve complex records and emerging or unsettled law.  Some of the areas in which we have especially rich experience include political law, product liability, intellectual property, environmental law, and telecommunications.

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 950 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. We provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent start-ups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.