James E. Miller joined SFMS in 2002. He is admitted to practice law in the States of California, Connecticut and New Jersey, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and numerous federal courts, including the United States District Courts for the Southern District of California, District of Connecticut, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, District of New Jersey, Eastern District of Wisconsin, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. In addition to these courts and jurisdictions, Jim has worked on cases with local and co-counsel nationwide and internationally.
Jim concentrates his practice on securities, corporate governance and antitrust litigation, as well as significant employment, ERISA, employment benefits, defamation and wage/hour cases. He also has significant experiencing representing clients in a wide variety of consumer class actions and other complex commercial litigation, including patent, licensing and other intellectual property matters, as well as unsuitable trading, churning and trade disputes in FINRA arbitrations/mediations and before international tribunals. Jim also serves as outside labor and corporate counsel for certain select clients of the Firm. Finally, Jim counsels and represents a number of international clients based in Europe, India, Asia and South America, including business entities in the manufacturing, technology and service fields, as well as financial institutions, hedge funds, import: export concerns, insurers, investment firms and private equity firms, with respect to their legal concerns in the United States and represents those clients in complex litigation, dispute resolution proceedings and in supervising significant transactions in which those clients are engaged.
Jim earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University (B.S. 1988) and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (J.D. 1991). While at Penn Law School, he was awarded the Edwin R. Keedy Cup and was Editor of the Comparative Labor Law Journal. Following graduation, he served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Daniel H. Huyett, 3rd, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Jim began his law practice in 1992 at Pelino & Lentz, P.C. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he concentrated his practice on representing clients in labor and employment litigation, as well as other complex commercial litigation. He practiced at Pelino & Lentz until 2000 and was named a partner at the firm during his tenure. In addition to representing major corporations in commercial and employment litigation and collective bargaining negotiations, at Pelino & Lentz, Jim developed an extensive practice representing clients in employment discrimination litigation and securities industry arbitrations. In those cases, he was successful in obtaining a number of multi-million dollar recoveries, including jury verdicts and arbitration awards. After relocating to Connecticut with his family, Jim joined the Firm and opened its office in Connecticut. During his career, he has tried over twenty (20) cases to successful verdict or judgment. In addition, Jim has served as lead counsel in a wide variety complex cases, including securities, ERISA and antitrust litigation.
Jim is a member of the National Association of Securities and Consumer Attorneys, National Employment Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the New Jersey Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He resides with his family in Chester, Connecticut, where he holds elected office, and is active in community, political and charitable activities.
Areas of Practice
- Civil Rights/Employment
- Complex Class Action Litigation
- Consumer and Antitrust Litigation
- Corporate Governance
- Employment Benefits
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Intellectual Property Matters
- New Jersey, 1991
- Pennsylvania, 1991
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
Certified Legal Specialties
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- J.D. - 1991
- Honors: Edwin R. Keedy Cup
- Law Journal: Comparative Labor Law Journal, Editor
- Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
- B.S. - 1988
Professional Associations & Memberships
- National Association of Securities and Consumer Attorneys, Member
- National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
- The American Bar Association, Member
- The California Bar Association, Member
- The Connecticut Bar Association, Member
- The New Jersey Bar Association, Member
- The Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member