Thomas E. Miller

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

The Miller Law Firm
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 930
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-437-1800
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas: Construction Litigation: Consumer
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

The founder of his own firm located in San Francisco, California, Thomas E. Miller focuses his practice exclusively on construction defects claims. Representing homeowners and homeowners associations throughout the state, he has been able to recover more than $1 billion in damages for his clients throughout his career, including more than 100 settlements and jury awards in the amount of seven figures and more. Mr. Miller has written four treatises on construction defects, and he is the co-author of "Home and Condo Defects: A Consumer Guide to Faulty Construction".

Mr. Miller has received widespread recognition from his fellow professionals for his successes on behalf of his clients. This has included his being awarded an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and an "Excellent" peer review rating through Avvo. Mr. Miller has also received the prestigious Litigator Award issued annually by the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, LLC. He has been quoted in such major newspapers as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been frequently asked to deliver presentations on construction defects topics.

Mr. Miller is a 1970 graduate of California State University, Long Beach, from where he received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude. He then went on to pursue his legal education at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1973. Mr. Miller spent several years representing developers and insurance companies before turning his practice to where it is now. Admitted to practice before all California, Colorado and Texas state courts. Mr. Miller's professional affiliations include The Bar Association of San Francisco and the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Construction Litigation: Consumer
Focus Areas

Construction Defects


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021

About Thomas E. Miller

Admitted: 1973, California

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Author, "Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States”, 3rd Edition, 1999
  • Co-Author, Home and Condo Defects, A Consumer Guide to Faulty Construction, Seven Locks Press, 2001
  • Author, California Construction Defect Litigation, Residential and Commercial, Wiley Law Publishers, 1993
  • Author, California Construction Defect and Land Subsidence Litigation, Wiley Law Publishers, 1986
  • Speaker, Community Associations Institute (CAI)
  • Lecturer, ECHO
  • Author, "California Construction Defect Litigation: Residential and Commercial”, 1993
  • Author, "California Construction Defect Litigation: Residential and Commercial”, 1986 
  • "Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States”, Annual Supplement, 2009-2012
  • Speaker, ECHO
  • Lecturer, California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
  • Construction Defect Course Educator, California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
  • Lecturer, Community Associations Institute (CAI)
  • Author, Handling Construction Defects Claims: Western States (4th Edition), Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, Annual Supplement, 2014-2017
  • Co-Author, Home & Condo Defects: A Consumer Guide to Faulty Construction (2nd Edition), Seven Locks Press, 2012

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Food for Kids
  • UC Hastings Chancellor’s Circle, 2018 
  • Mission Hospital Foundation
  • JUMA Ventures
  • Board Member, UC Hastings Foundation
  • Parks Council Enterprise for High School Students
  • Children of Shelters
  • Tipping Point Community
  • Amigo de los Ninos Foundation Neighborhood


  •  Alumnus of the Year, California State University Long Beach
  • Thomas E. Miller President's Scholars Center, California State University Long Beach
  • Litigators Award, Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, 2014 - 2015
  • California Super Lawyer, Northern California, 2004 – 2018
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Presidential Award of Merit
  • Thomas E. Miller Distinguished Professorship of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law
  • Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2019
  • California Super Lawyer, 2004 – 2019
  • Alumnus of the Year, UC Hastings College of the Law
  • Chancellor's Executive Round Table, University of California
  • Recipient, CACM(California Association of Community Managers) Vision Award
  • AV Preeminent, Construction Litigation, Martindale-Hubbell, 2003 – 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, The Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • IREM
  • CAI
  • Fellow Member , Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Founding Member, CACM
  • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Founding Member, CAI (Community Associations Institute), College of Community Association Lawyers
  • CACM
  • Member, US-Mexico Bar Association
  • Member, Trial Lawyer Associations in California , 1983
  • California State Bar
  • ECHO

Educational Background

  • California State University Long Beach, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1970
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Office Location for Thomas E. Miller

235 Montgomery Street
Suite 930
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-437-1800

Last Updated: 3/9/2021

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