Thomas E. Miller

Thomas E. Miller

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

The Miller Law Firm
 | 19 Corporate Plaza Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 800-403-3332
Fax: 949-442-0646
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004, 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

The Miller Law Firm has represented home and condominium association owners and directors involved in construction defect claims against builders and developers since 1983. Its founding member, Thomas E. Miller, is a pioneer in the field and has successfully recovered over $1 Billion against errant builders, a feat unsurpassed in California. Tom is co-author of the quintessential text "Handling Construction Defects in the Western States" first published in 1993 and updated annually with the help of his daughter and partner Rachel Miller. Tom Miller's book is relied upon by judges, lawyers and mediators practicing this area of law. Tom has been quoted in major newspapers and industry magazines including the NY Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Orange County Edition of the NY Times, Orange County Register as well as the San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego editions of the Daily Journal. He has written articles and lectured extensively in this field.While the Miller Law Firm has represented clients in several Western States, it concentrates its practice in California, having represented clients in the extended San Francisco Bay area and as far south as San Diego. One highly respected lawyer and mediator refers to Miller as the "King of Construction Defects".

Tom 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" from 2008 through 2019 in construction litigation. Most recently, The Miller Law Firm was awarded the National Litigator Award by the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents. 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.   

Although recognized for his litigation skills, Tom has spent the last 35 years helping clients resolve claims through mediation, assisting his clients in early evaluation and dispute resolution, an area often overlooked and under utilized by others practicing in this field. With 40 years of practice, there is no one practicing with the breadth of experience and track record of success.

About Thomas Miller

Admitted: 1973, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Hastings College of the Law Alumnus of the Year; Hastings College of the Law, Thomas E. Miller Distinguished Professorship; California State University Long Beach Alumnus of the Year; Consumer Attorneys of California Presidential Award of Merit; California Western School of Law, Thomas E. Mller Mock Trial Room; California State University Long Beach, Thomas E. Miller President's Scholars Center; CACM(California Association of Community Managers) Vision Award Recipient; CAI (Community Associations Institute)College of Community Association Lawyers, Founding Member; Litigators Award, 2014 & 2015; Construction Lawyers Society of America, Fellow Member; Super Lawyers 2004-2017.
  • CSULB: Thomas E. Miller President's Scholar Center; Alumnus of the Year, Alumnus of the Year, Cal State Long Beach

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board of Directors of Consumer Attorneys of California; Member California State Bar since 1973; Member of various Trial Lawyer Associations in California since 1983, most recently the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association; Served as legislative analyst to CAOC in the area of Construction Defects. Served on Joint Task Force on Judicial Evaluation with the American Bar Association.Lecturer and Construction Defect course educator for CACM, the California Association of Community Managers; lecturer and featured speaker for CAI (Community Associations Institute) and ECHO.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Author, Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States, Aspen Publisher 1999 with 2009 Supplement.Co-Author, Home and Condo Defects, A Consumer Guide to Faulty Construction, Seven Locks Press, 2001Author, California Construction Defect Litigation, Residential and Commercial, Wiley Law Publishers, 1993. Author, California Construction Defect and Land Subsidence Litigation, Wiley Law Publishers, 1986
  • Supplements 2015-2018, Co-Author, Handling Construction Defects Claims: Western States (4th Edition), Wolters Kluwer, 2014
  • Co-Author, Home & Condo Defects: A Consumer Guide to Faulty Construction (2nd Edition), Seven Locks Press, 2012


  • Over $1 Billion in verdicts and settlements in construction defect litigation since 1983 when the emphasis on my practice shifted from representing developers, subcontractor and design professionals to solely representing HOA's and homeowners with construction defect claims.


  • This is a construction defect claims and litigation firm with a strong emphasis on early dispute resolution and mediation. Therefore, we do not handle transactions.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • California Western School of Law: Thomas E. Miller Mock Trial Room
  • University of California: Chancellor's Executive Round Table
  • Member, Construction Lawyers Society of America, 2018

Educational Background:

  • J.D. University of California Hastings College of the Law 1973;  B.A. California State University Long Beach, Magna Cum Laude 1970

Industry Groups

  • ABA
  • CACM
  • CAI
  • California State Bar
  • ECHO
Office Location for Thomas E. Miller

19 Corporate Plaza Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Last Updated: 12/7/2018

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