Laurie Miller focuses her practice on internal investigations and the white collar defense of civil and criminal allegations against corporations, corporate executives and high-profile individual defendants. She has extensive experience in all facets of criminal litigation, including investigations, grand jury practice, motions practice and trials.
What do you focus on?
My clients include Fortune 500 corporations and their executives as well as the leaders of small businesses and a number of government officials. I have represented clients in congressional hearings and investigations, before special prosecutors, and in courts throughout the nation. I have successfully defended my clients in high-profile and highly confidential ethics investigations and government contracts inquiries.
The government contracts cases I’ve worked on span a variety of disciplines, agencies and issues. In particular, I have experience defending cases brought under the False Claims Act and other whistleblower statutes. In many instances, these are cases of concurrent criminal and civil enforcement investigations. I’ve also directed internal investigations and assisted clients in developing and maintaining effective corporate compliance programs. I’ve worked internationally on a variety of matters, including investigations into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in South America, in Europe and in the former Soviet Union.
Working in and with the government
I have been honored to serve in all three branches of the federal government. I am also honored to have served in a variety of leadership capacities in the American Bar Association, with Yale Law School, Harvard University and the University of Michigan. My time working with lawyers from Darfur to prepare the Sudanese to represent victims of atrocities in the International Criminal Court was especially fulfilling and meaningful.
What do you see on the horizon?
In this increasingly fast-moving world, clients deserve, and have grown to expect, our focused attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The continuous improvements in technology make this level of service possible, though exhausting. Attention to detail, however, remains imperative.
While maintaining her high-profile national practice, Ms. Miller has been a leader in a number of national and global outreach activities. In 2007, she was one of ten legal experts worldwide selected to participate in the training of Sudanese lawyers. This Darfur advocacy training, the first of its kind, was sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation and was designed to assist the Sudanese lawyers representing victims before the International Criminal Court.
She has also served as a commissioner on the Justice Kennedy Commission, which reviewed criminal justice practices in America, identifying injustices and inadequacies in sentencing guidelines, prisons, and correctional systems.
In addition, she served on the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association and, in 2012, was re-elected to a three-year term on the Board of the Yale Law School Fund. Recently, Ms. Miller was appointed chair of the Board of the Michigan in Washington Program, and she sits on the Advisory Committee of the Political Science Department of the University of Michigan. She is also an active member of the University of Michigan’s LSA Honors Alumni Council, which featured a profile on her in 2013. Ms. Miller also volunteers her time to the Chautauqua Fund to advocate and raise funds for the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit offering enrichment through the arts, religion, education, and recreation. She has established several scholarships for students in the Chautauqua Institution’s School of Music and Theater Company.