Professional Biography

Eric D. Miller Partner

Firmwide Chair, Appellate Practice; Firmwide Co-Chair Tech Amicus Practice

  • Seattle

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  • 10.16.2017
    Questioning Appellate Time Limits At The High Court


    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, No. 16-658. The case presents the question whether the time limit on a district court’s authority to extend the deadline for filing a notice of appeal is jurisdictional.

  • 08.16.2017
    When Are Appellate Time Limits Jurisdictional?


    “Jurisdiction,” the U.S. Supreme Court has observed, “is a word of many, too many, meanings.” Steel Co. v. Citizens for a Better Environment, 523 U.S. 83, 90 (1998). In the past, some courts have used the word loosely and described any rigid rule as “jurisdictional,” but in a series of cases beginning in the early 2000s, the Supreme Court has sought to promote greater precision.
  • 06.30.2017

    Washington Legal Foundation, Legal Opinion Letter

  • 11.22.2016

    Washington Legal Foundation, Legal Pulse

  • 2016
    General Publications

    Commentaries on Rules of Appellate Procedure (2d ed. 2016 - 2017)

  • 10.09.2015
  • 07.19.2013
    Second Circuit Holds That States May Tax Non-Indian Property on an Indian Reservation
    On July 15, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a state may impose a generally applicable personal-property tax on property owned by non-Indians but leased to an Indian tribe and used for gaming activities on a reservation.  The decision sets an important precedent for defining the nature of business relationships between tribes and non-tribal companies engaged in commercial activities on Indian reservations.
  • 06.18.2013
    What We Learned From High Court's Driver Privacy Ruling


    On June 17, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Maracich v. Spears, in which it held, by a 5-4 vote, that the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) prohibits an attorney from accessing state motor vehicle records for the purpose of identifying potential clients to solicit.  In this article, Eric discusses how this decision will impact lawyers who use motor vehicle records in investigating their cases and the insights it offers into the justices’ approaches to statutory interpretation and their views on large damages awards. Read the full article.
  • 03.14.2017
    Speaking Engagements
    Federalist Society, Puget Sound Lawyers Chapter
  • 11.14.2016
    Speaking Engagements
    King County Bar Association
  • 10.21.2016
    Speaking Engagements
    Panel, Seattle University School of Law
  • 03.04.2016
    Speaking Engagements
    Panel, University of Washington School of Law
  • 11.20.2015
    Speaking Engagements

    Federal Defender’s Office of the Western District of Washington

  • 11.10.2015
    Speaking Engagements
    Panel, American Association of Public Welfare Attorneys Conference
  • 10.09.2015
    Speaking Engagements
    Panel, Seattle University School of Law
  • 06.24.2015
    Speaking Engagements
    Panel, Federal Circuit Bar Association Bench and Bar Conference
  • 11.04.2014
    Speaking Engagements
    Federalist Society, Puget Sound Lawyers Chapter
  • 10.13.2014
    Speaking Engagements
    King County Bar Association
  • 07.15.2014
    Speaking Engagements
    American Law Institute CLE
  • 12.12.2013
    Speaking Engagements
    Panel, Northwest Gaming Law Summit 
  • 11.13.2013
    Speaking Engagements
    Panel, Seattle University School of Law
  • 12.05.2012
    Speaking Engagements
    Panel, Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington 
  • 10.15.2012
    Speaking Engagements
    Panel, University of Washington School of Law


Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington

  • District of Columbia

  • California


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D.,
    with highest honors, Order of the Coif
    , 1999,
    Topics and Comments Editor, University of Chicago Law Review
  • Harvard University, A.B., Physics,
    magna cum laude
    , 1996