George C. Miller

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in San Diego, CA

Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C.
 | 401 West A Street, Suite 2200
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-696-9500
Fax: 619-615-5290
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (40%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    As a partner with Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C., attorney George C. Miller focuses his practice on securities law and business law. Working out of the firm's San Diego, California, office, Mr. Miller represents clients throughout Southern California in the following practice areas:

    ·         Securities arbitration and litigation

    ·         SEC, FINRA and other regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings

    ·         Employment litigation

    ·         Business and corporate litigation

    ·         Contract disputes

    ·         Real property disputes

    ·         Judgment enforcement proceedings

    After receiving his Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from The University of Texas at Austin in 2004, Mr. Miller attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and obtained his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, in 2008. He is admitted to the State Bars of California and Texas, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California.  

    While in law school, Mr. Miller was a member of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review and served as the articles and notes editor. Over the course of his years practicing law, he has numerous several articles on a variety of legal topics, and he has delivered lectures on securities law and financial advisor transitions.

    As both an attorney and arbitrator, Mr. Miller has successfully handled numerous high-profile and high-stakes cases, securing multimillion dollar awards and negotiating substantial settlements on behalf his clients. He frequently represents the interests of broker-dealers and Registered Investment Advisers as well as individual financial advisers and investors in numerous complex litigation cases.  Mr. Miller also represents clients before FINRA's Enforcement Division and the SEC in regulatory matters.  

    Mr. Miller remains actively involved in a number of professional and legal organizations, including the SIFMA Compliance and Legal Society, the San Diego County Bar Association, the Lawyer's Club of San Diego and ProVisors, among others. As a testament to his professionalism and service, Mr. Miller has received numerous awards and honors, including a "Superb," 10 out of 10 rating from AVVO.  

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Securities Litigation
    • 20%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 20%Business Litigation
    • 20%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Focus Areas

    Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Arbitration, Mediation


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    Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021

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    Admitted: 2008, California

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    •  SuperLawyers® “Rising Star”,  SuperLawyers® “Rising Star”, 2019
    • Semi-Finalist, San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Top Attorneys” (Corporate Litigation), 2013
    • SuperLawyers® “San Diego Rising Star”, 2015 (Securities Litigation)
    • San Diego Business Journal's "Best of the Bar", 2016
    • San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top “Young Attorneys”, 2012
    • San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Young Attorneys”, Finalist, 2014
    • AVVO Rating "10 of 10 - Superb"
    • San Diego Business Journal's “Best of the Bar”, 2014
    • International – Referral “Rising Star”, 2013
    •  SuperLawyers® “Rising Star”, 2018
    • San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Top Attorneys” (Labor/Employment), 2014
    • San Diego Business Journal's "Best of the Bar", 2015
    • SuperLawyers® “Rising Star”, 2016
    • San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top “Young Attorneys”, 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2019
    • SIFMA Legal & Compliance Division
    • San Diego Texas Exes (University of Texas Alumni Association), President, 2013 – 2016
    • California, 2008
    • Neutral Arbitrator, FINRA Dispute Resolution
    • Member, Advisory Committee - San Diego County Bar Association, Business and Corporate Law Section
    • Texas, 2018
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    • San Diego County Bar Association
    • San Diego Texas Exes (University of Texas Alumni Association), Business Networking Chair, 2016 - Present

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Thomas Jefferson Law Review, Articles & Notes Editor, 2007 – 2008
    • Author, Putting Convictions Into Perspective, Investment News, 2012
    • Author, Merrill Lynch Pays the Piper for Failing to Arbitrate Promissory Note Disputes, 2012
    • Author, Don't Fall Victim To Affinity Fraud; If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is, 2011
    • Presenter, San Diego County Bar Association, Annual Securities Law Update, November 16, 2016 
    • Regularly quoted by FundFire, a Financial Times Service; quoted by AdvisorHub
    • Drivers Won’t Pay the Only Toll: Why the Foothill-South Toll Road…, 30 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 279, 30, 2007


    • Obtained $1.8 million arbitration award on behalf of two financial advisors against their former employer.  The award represented one of the largest FINRA employment awards of the year and included $700,000.00 in punitive damages.  See Christopher Johnson and Lee Przybyla v. USAA Financial Advisors, Inc. - FINRA Case No. 17-03279.  , 2019
    • Represented high-revenue financial advisor team in claim against prior firm involving deferred compensation and other benefits.  Settled, 2016
    • Represented large Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firm and its principles in multi-million dollar claim involving REIT investments.  Settled, 2011
    • Represented individual in SEC insider trading investigation.  Dismissed, 2017
    • Obtained $5 million arbitration award on behalf of financial advisors in employmenta and recruitment dispute with their employer, a FINRA registered broker-dealer, 2012
    • Obtained pre-hearing dismissal of significant investor claim against brokerage firm client, 2012
    • Represented two teams of high-producing financial advisors in significant employment dispute with prior firm.  Settled, 2016
    • Represented manufacturing corporation in international breach of contract dispute.  Settled, 2015
    • Represented terminated FINRA registered person in employment/U5 dispute with prior firm.  Settled, 2017

    Representative Clients:

    • Todd Vitale and John Paladino v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, FINRA Case No. 11-01633
    • Christopher Johnson and Lee Przybyla v. USAA Financial Advisors, Inc., FINRA Case No. 17-03279. , 2019
    •  SuperLawyers® “Rising Star”, 2017
    • Represented numerous financial advisors, investment advisors and other financial professionals in employment/bonus/promissory note disputes, recruitment and transition disputes and employment/wrongful litigation claims, 2017


    Educational Background:

    • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. major in Government and minor in Business, McCombs School of Business, Honors: With Honors , 2004

    Industry Groups

    • Financial Planners Association
    • Securities Industry And Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
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    401 West A Street
    Suite 2200
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Phone: 619-696-9500

    Fax: 619-615-5290

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