About Judge Miller
Prior to appointment to the Clackamas County Circuit Court bench in June 1997, Judge Miller had 16 years of private practice as a civil litigation and family law attorney. Judge Miller represented clients in a variety of claims involving professional negligence, employment, personal injury, premises liability and product liability, as well as breach of contract. Judge Miller’s practice also focused on family law cases involving dissolution of marriage, child custody and business valuations for closely held corporations.
As alternative dispute resolution evolved in the late 1980’s, Judge Miller participated with Hon. Kristena LaMar to set up the Multnomah County Circuit Court Small Claims mediation program, including the training program for mediators. Judge Miller found that her true calling in what Judge LaMar called “appropriate” dispute resolution. In addition to Judge LaMar, Judge Miller learned judicial settlement techniques from Judges R.P. Jones, Sid Brockley and Pat Gilroy.
During her 20 years on the bench, Judge Miller found that settlement conferences played an important role. As time went on, even when the case was set before her for trial, attorneys frequently requested that Judge Miller help them settle their claims.
Upon retirement in 2017, Judge Miller found that it was a natural transition to private practice as a mediator/settlement judge, arbitrator and reference judge.