Prior to entering private practice in Virginia in 1999, Michael Miller was an active duty Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps for seven years. While on active duty, he spent a year and a half as a court-martial defense counsel where he dealt with a wide range of cases including child and spousal abuse as well as sex crimes. He was the Officer in Charge of the legal assistance office at Camp Lejeune. While at legal assistance, he dealt with a variety of family law issues including divorce, support, wills and estate planning, and consumer protection.
He then became the Staff Judge Advocate for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. During their deployment from 1995 to 1996, he provided advice to the command as well as individual Marines and sailors on a variety of criminal and civil matters to include custody of children and support of family members. He was late assigned to the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island to instruct judge advocates and paralegals on civil law matters of family law and estate planning.
While at the Naval Justice School, Mr. Miller participated in a military-to-military training program sponsored by the State Department that took him to a variety of countries including Bangladesh, Uganda, Ghana, Togo, Cameroon, Bolivia and Paraguay. After leaving active duty, Mr. Miller maintained an affiliation with the United States Marine Corps Reserve. His latest assignment was as an appellate defense counsel at the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Military Appeals. Mr. Miller began his military career in 1985 as an enlisted infantryman.
Mr. Miller has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Utah. He has used this background and experience to analyze complex financial matters arising in the course of divorce. Mr. Miller received his J.D. from the University of Akron. In addition to his formal education, Mr. Miller is also a graduate of the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School and Washington School of Photography.
Mr. Miller’s interest in the study of law and teaching started at the Naval Justice with U.S. and foreign students. Mr. Miller has most recently continued his scholarship through the National Business Institute with the following presentations:
- Special Aspects of the Military Divorce I, December 4, 2008
- Special Issues in Military Divorce II, June 25, 2009
- Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act vs. Uniform Interstate
- Family Support Act, September 15, 2009
- Discovery Tactics in Divorce, November 12, 2009
In addition to his extensive trial experience, Mr. Miller has participated in the following appellate cases reported by the Virginia Court of Appeals:
- M. Cherry & Associates v. Cherry, 37 Va. App. 329, 558 S.E.2d 534 (2002)
- Morgan Cherry & Associates v. Cherry, 38 Va. App. 693, 568 S.E.2d 391 (2002)
- Courembis v. Courembis, 43 Va. App. 18, 595 S.E.2d 505 (2004)
- Nordstrom v. Nordstrom, 50 Va. App. 257, 649 S.E.2d 200 (2007)
- Virginia, 2000
- Ohio, 1991 (inactive)
- J.D., University of Akron, 1991
- B.S., University of Utah, 1988