The September 20, 2017 issue of the Daily Journal honored Skip Miller, Managing Partner of Miller Barondess, on their list of “Top 100 Lawyers in California.” This highly-selective list includes the leading lawyers in California who have the most impact in the legal industry.
Skip takes pride in personally training all of the firm’s attorneys: “I’m really proud of them. I trained them all…and they are becoming battle-tested. This work keeps me young, and it was always my business plan to staff this firm with the next generation.”
Skip Miller’s practice is diverse and includes commercial banking, investment banking, private equity, healthcare, technology, real estate, entertainment (motion pictures, television and music), copyright, trademark, securities, employment, energy, defamation/First Amendment, toxic tort, civil rights, contract, partnership, inverse condemnation, unfair competition, administrative, government, and other areas of law. His firm is a one-stop-shop for litigation.
Skip currently represents the County of Los Angeles in multiple actions against SoCalGas arising from the Aliso Canyon gas leak disaster. In October 2015, the biggest natural gas leak in U.S. history occurred at the Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility. The gas leak spewed over 100,000 tons of chemicals into the atmosphere and forced thousands of Porter Ranch families from their homes. The County’s actions address the Aliso Canyon disaster as well as all four of SoCalGas’s gas storage facilities in the County; and seek millions in recovery costs to make the facilities safe for residents. According to Miller, “We are trying to fully abate the nuisance and prevent reopening of the wells until all the risks have been studied and understood.”
Earlier this year, Skip and his team represented Superior Automotive Group in a trial against Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation. In May 2017, the jury awarded a $256,450,000 verdict on behalf of their client. The award included $121,900,000 in compensatory damages; and the jury found Nissan’s conduct so reprehensible that they awarded $134,550,000 in punitive damages.
Upon receiving the Top 100 award Skip Miller stated, “I couldn’t be more proud of our team. They deserve a lot of the credit for this award.”