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George C. Miller

Partner

Location: San Diego, California
Phone: (619) 696-9500 (Ext. 105)
Direct: (619) 501-8270
Fax: (619) 615-5290
E-mail[email protected]

George C. Miller is a partner in the Firm’s San Diego office. He has been recognized as one of the top securities and business litigation attorneys in San Diego. Mr. Miller’s practice focuses on securities arbitration and litigation, FINRA and SEC regulatory proceedings and other disputes in the securities and financial services fields. Mr. Miller also practices in the areas of business and corporate litigation, employment litigation, contractual disputes, real property litigation and judgment enforcement proceedings. He has appeared before California state and federal courts, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), JAMS, and the AAA Arbitration Forum in trials, arbitrations, and mediations in California and elsewhere across the country. Mr. Miller also serves as a neutral arbitrator through FINRA's dispute resolution forum.  

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, George was selected as a “San Diego Rising Star” by Super Lawyers®, an award recognizing no more than 2.5% of lawyers in California. In 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 he also was recognized as one of the “most outstanding lawyers in San Diego” by the San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” publication and was a semi-finalist for the San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Top Attorneys” publication in 2013.  In addition, Mr. Miller was nominated to the San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Top Attorneys” list in 2014; nominated to the Transcript’s top “Young Attorneys” publication in 2012 and 2013; and was named an International – Referral “Rising Star” in 2013.

Mr. Miller graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Government with a minor in Business. He attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and graduated summa cum laude, earning many" high-grade" awards throughout law school. Mr. Miller became a member of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review on the basis of academic excellence, published a note and served as both an articles and notes editor. 

 

Awards

Super Lawyers
Best of the Bar 2014 Best of the Bar 2015
San Diego Top Attorneys

 

 

 

 

Areas of Practice

  • Securities Arbitration & Litigation
  • Financial Advisor Transitions
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • SEC, FINRA & Other Regulatory Investigations & Enforcement Proceedings
  • Employment Litigation
  • Business & Corporate Litigation
  • Contract Disputes
  • Real Property Disputes
  • Judgment Enforcement Proceedings

Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. (Summa Cum Laude) – 2008
    • Law Review: Thomas Jefferson Law Review, Articles & Notes Editor, 2007 – 2008
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. (With Honors) – 2004
    • Major: Government
    • Minor: Business, McCombs School of Business

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyers® “Rising Star”, 2017
  • San Diego Business Journal's "Best of the Bar", 2017
  • SuperLawyers® “Rising Star”, 2016
  • San Diego Business Journal's "Best of the Bar", 2016
  • AVVO Rating "10 of 10 - Superb"
  • San Diego Business Journal's "Best of the Bar", 2015
  • SuperLawyers® “San Diego Rising Star”, 2015 (Securities Litigation)
  • San Diego Business Journal's “Best of the Bar”, 2014
  • San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Young Attorneys”, Finalist, 2014
  • San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Top Attorneys” (Labor/Employment), 2014
  • Semi-Finalist, San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Top Attorneys” (Corporate Litigation), 2013
  • International – Referral “Rising Star”, 2013
  • San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top “Young Attorneys”, 2013
  • San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top “Young Attorneys”, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Publications and Media

  • Presenter, San Diego County Bar Association, Annual Securities Law Update, November 16, 2016 
  • Regularly quoted by FundFire, a Financial Times Service 
  • Putting Convictions Into Perspective, Investment News, 2011
  • Drivers Won’t Pay the Only Toll: Why the Foothill-South Toll Road…, 30 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 279, 30, 2007

Representative Cases

  • Obtained $5 million arbitration award on behalf of former Morgan Stanley financial advisors in employment and recruitment dispute - Todd Vitale and John Paladino v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, FINRA Case No. 11-01633
  • Represented numerous financial advisors in proceedings against FINRA member firms involving claims for wrongful termination, breach of employment agreement and other, related claims. 
  • Represented large registered investment advisor (RIA) team in multi-million dollar "business divorce" with former partners. 
  • Represented top-producing financial advisor team in claims against prior firm involving non-payment of deferred compensation and other benefits. 
  • Represented corporations in international breach of contract disputes. 
  • Represented numerous financial advisors in FINRA and SEC regulatory proceedings. 
  • Represented numerous financial advisors in expungement proceedings and in negotiating U4 and U5 disclosure language. 
  • Obtained pre-hearing dismissal of six-figure claim against brokerage firm client. 
  • Represented large RIA firm and its principals in multi-million dollar claim involving REIT investments. 
  • Represented elderly couple defrauded by mortgage scheme and obtained favorable settlement. 
  • Represented former financial advisor in wrongful termiation litigation through completion of hearings, resulting in a favorable FINRA arbitration award. 
  • Defended financial consultant in heavily contested litigation involving alleged professional negligence resulting in a dismissal of all claims and a subsequent favorable settlement. 
  • Represented professional real estate investor in litigation involving fraud and price fixing. 

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Neutral Arbitrator, FINRA Dispute Resolution
  • SIFMA Legal & Compliance Division 
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, Advisory Committee - San Diego County Bar Association, Business and Corporate Law Section
  • San Diego Texas Exes (University of Texas Alumni Association), President, 2013 – 2016, Business Networking Chair, 2016 - Present