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Howard B. Miller

Howard Miller

Girardi | Keese
1126 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone 213-977-0211
Fax 213-481-1554


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2015

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Practice Areas

Intellectual Property Litigation


Business Litigation

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Attorney Howard B. Miller has an impressive resume spanning more than 50 years since his graduation from the University of Chicago Law School. A practicing attorney with the Los Angeles, California, firm of Girardi | Keese, Mr. Miller puts his vast experience to work on cases involving patent, copyright and other intellectual property litigation, as well as antitrust and general complex commercial litigation.

Mr. Miller successfully argued one of the most important recent U.S. intellectual property cases, Montz v. Pilgrims Films and NBC Universal (the argument can be viewed on YouTube under "Montz v. Pilgrim"). His other successes include outstanding results involving technologies from cancer radiation therapy to GPS location technology for cell phones. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Miller served as the 85th president of the State Bar of California. He is also a former professor of law at the University of Southern California, and began his legal career as law clerk to Justice Roger J. Traynor of the Supreme Court of California. He has received numerous honors and awards acknowledging his outstanding practice of law.

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About Howard Miller

Law School: The University of Chicago Law School

Admitted: 1961, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • "Award for Leadership in Civil Rights", Coalition of Los Angeles Civil Rights Organizations Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, 1989
  • University of Chicago , Alumni Award for Public Service
  • "Top 100 Lawyers in Los Angeles", Los Angeles Business Journal
  • "500 Leading Litigators in America ", Lawdragon Magazine, 2006
  • Commencement Speaker, University of Southern California Gould School of Law Commencement Ceremony, 2010
  • Recipient, Learned Hand Award, American Jewish Committee, Los Angeles Chapter, 2011

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Community Relations Committee, Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles
  • President, Los Angeles Chapter, American Jewish Committee
  • Member, Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • President, State Bar of California, 2009 - 2010
  • Member of Board of Governors, State Bar of California, 2006 - 2009
  • Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District, 1999 - 2000
  • President, Los Angeles Unified School District, Board of Education, 1977 - 1979

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Associate Professor, University of Southern California Law School, 1965 - 1969
  • Professor of Law, University of Southern California Law School, 1969 1977
  • "Champions of Justice" radio show on KRLA/870AM in Southern California, Present
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, Executive Editor, 1979-1981
  • "The Advocates," Principle Advocate, 1969-1973

Representative Clients:

  • Karlsson v. Ford Motor Company, 140 Cal.App.4th 1202, 2006
  • Optivus v. Ion Beam, 469 F.3d 978, Fed.Circ. 2006
  • Abrego v. Dow, 443 F.3d 676, 9th Circ. 2006
  • Dow Chemical Co. v. Calderon, 422 F.3d 827, 9th Circ. 2005
  • HLC Properties v. Superior Court, 35 Cal.4th 54, 2005
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation v. Superior Court, 29 Cal.4th 1096, 2003
  • Coretronics Corp. v. O'Connor, 192 Cal.App.4th 1381, 2011
  • Montz v. Pilgrims Films and NBC Universal 649 F.3d 975, 9th Circ., 2011, 649 F.3d 975, 9th Circ. 2011

Educational Background:

  • Pepperdine University, B.A., 1957
  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois, Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief, University of Chicago Law Review
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