Deborah Miller

Deborah Miller is a partner with the firm. She joined the firm in 2004, after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law with a certificate in environmental law. Her practice emphasizes public agency representation.

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Ms. Miller is general counsel to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority and the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority. She has experience advising clients regarding real estate acquisition, management, disposition, and development; relocation for public projects; public contracting; federal, state, local, and private funding for public projects; intergovernmental agreements; public-private partnerships; safety and security of public projects; post-redevelopment; solid waste management; CEQA; ethics; and other public agency law issues. Ms. Miller represents public agencies bringing condemnation actions for redevelopment, transit, and other public projects; she has favorably resolved numerous eminent domain cases. Ms. Miller has litigation experience in state and federal court on a variety of land use and environmental matters, including representing public agencies defending challenges to public transit and solar power projects and bringing litigation challenging proposed airport development and the rules governing liquefied natural gas expansion. Ms. Miller also advises clients in administrative proceedings before the state Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Ms. Miller has been named as a Northern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” She was also recognized as one of California’s “Top 20 Under 40” attorneys by the legal newspaper The Daily Journal.

While in law school, Ms. Miller clerked for the Solicitor’s Office of the United States Department of the Interior. She was the head articles editor of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law’s Ecology Law Quarterly, and published pieces regarding air quality and environmental justice.

Ms. Miller is a member of the State Bar of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.