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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.

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