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 - 2020
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


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
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Office Location for Thomas E. Miller

19 Corporate Plaza Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Last Updated: 10/16/2019

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