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 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Thomas E. Miller has been a distinguished construction defect attorney for 45 years. During his first eight years of practice he represented developers and their insurance companies. Since 1981, Miller has exclusively represented homeowners and associations in construction defects claims. He has been an Officer on the Board of Directors of his own Homeowners Association for the last 15 years.

A nationally recognized expert and pioneer in his field, he has recovered over $1 Billion for his association clients including 150 settlements and verdicts over $1 Million. Miller is a Fellow Member of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, AV rated (highest possible rating in both legal quality and ethical standards) by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been voted by his peers a "Super Lawyer" since 2004 in construction litigation in both the Northern and Southern California regions. Tom is also recognized as a Top Attorney throughout California by The American Registry. Most recently, The Miller Law Firm was awarded the National Litigator Award by the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents for two consecutive years. This award is the most well respected performance measuring symbol of litigation achievement in the nation, honoring only the top 1% of attorneys, and based strictly on tangible verdict & settlement dollar achievement.  

Mr. Miller is the author of four definitive treatises, "California Construction Defect Litigation: Residential and Commercial” (1986 & 1993), "Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States” (3rd Edition, 1999; Annual Supplement, 2009-2020), and the 4th Edition published in 2013 by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (Annual Supplement 2014-2017). He is also the co-author of the authoritative handbook on the subject, "Home and Condo Defects: A Consumer Guide to Faulty Construction," second edition (2012).



Consumer Attorneys of California: Presidential Award of Merit; Board of Directors

UC Hastings College of the Law: Alumnus of the Year; Thomas E. Miller
Distinguished Professorship of Law

CSULB: Thomas E. Miller President's Scholar Center; Alumnus of the Year

California Western School of Law: Thomas E. Miller Mock Trial Room

CAI: College of Community Association Lawyers, Founding Member

CACM: Visions Awards Recipient; Founding Member

University of California: Chancellor's Executive Round Table

Litigator Award, Trial Lawyers Board of Regents: 2014 & 2015

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Quality & Ethical Standards: 2003 – 2019

AV Preeminent Judicial Edition, Martindale-Hubbell (2011-2019)

California Super Lawyer 2004 – 2019: Northern & Southern California

Top Attorney, The American Registry

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Construction Litigation (100%): Construction Defects

Focus Areas

Construction Defects


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019

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About Thomas Miller

Admitted: 1973, California

Professional Webpage:


  •  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

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

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

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

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Last Updated: 10/16/2019

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