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Who is Eric Miller?

Eric Miller is President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from Washington.

 Age:  44 (approximate)

Current Position:  Partner, Perkins Coie LLP (Seattle, Washington) 

Education:

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

Judicial Clerkships: Judge Laurence Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1999-2000); Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court (2000-2001)

Professional Experience:

  • 2007-2012: Assistant to the Solicitor General, Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, D.C.)
  • 2006-2007: Deputy General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission (Washington, D.C.)
  • 2004-2006; 2001-2003: Appellate Attorney, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, D.C.)
  • 2003-2004: Attorney-Advisor, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, D.C.)

Career Notes:

  • Miller currently serves as Firmwide Chair of the Appellate Practice and Co-Chair of the Tech Amicus Practice at Perkins Coie. He has presented over 60 appellate arguments during his career, including 16 in the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • He has experience in a large range of substantive fields, including communications, energy, employment, and administrative law.
  • As Deputy General Counsel of the FCC, Mr. Miller was responsible for defending the Commission’s orders in the federal courts of appeals.
  • Miller is a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law.

Professional Associations:

  • Miller is listed as an expert for the Federalist Society, and has spoken on panels about litigation before the Supreme Court.
  • He serves as an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit and is a member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association.

Honors:

  • Miller has been ranked by Chambers USA in the area of Appellate Law since 2014.
  • In 2008, Mr. Miller received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his work in national security litigation on behalf of the Department of Justice.
Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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