Partners Skip Miller and Mira Hashmall have been named to the Daily Journal’s 2023 list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California (login credentials required). The annual feature recognizes leading attorneys who have done cutting-edge legal work over the past year, with particular emphasis on their work’s impact on their clients and the legal profession.
Skip Miller is a litigator with 50+ years of experience representing governmental entities, private and public corporations, and individuals. He has tried over 100 cases in state and federal courts in California and around the country. Skip represents the trustee of the Woodbridge Liquidation Trust in a lawsuit brought against multiple law firms, alleging they aided and abetted the now-bankrupt real estate investment firm Woodbridge Group in a $1.3 billion Ponzi scheme. He represents media mogul Byron Allen, the owner of dozens of TV stations and cable networks, in a civil rights action against the food company McDonald’s for its refusal to advertise on Allen’s networks because he is black; and he represents Allen in multimillion-dollar litigation against ratings company Nielsen. Skip’s entertainment industry clients have included Rod Stewart, Elton John, Nick Nolte, Bob Dylan, Sean Connery, Nile Rodgers, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Lionel Richie, Don Felder (Eagles), Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses), and rock bands such as Mötley Crüe, KISS, Stone Temple Pilots, Journey, Steely Dan, and others. Skip is also heading up litigation on behalf of LifeBrite Laboratories, an Atlanta-based clinical laboratory, and its founder, Christian Fletcher, against six major health insurance companies, charging they made false allegations about LifeBrite to regulators and prosecutors to avoid paying millions of dollars in legitimate claims.
Mira Hashmall represents clients at every stage of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling to appellate proceedings. In addition to her complex business practice, Mira defends public and private employers in high-stakes litigation involving claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, wrongful termination, disability discrimination and accommodation, and family and medical leave rights. Mira has represented the County of Los Angeles in high-profile litigation, including the Kobe Bryant death scene photo case and the case addressing the County’s efforts to combat the homelessness crisis. Mira also heads up litigation on behalf of named partner Dave Carothers of the employment law firm Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger who left the firm after being subjected to discrimination and retaliation in the wake of the George Floyd incident.