Alan S. Miller

Top rated Environmental attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
Alan S. Miller
Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Practice Areas: Environmental, Insurance Coverage, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1982

Education: The George Washington University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Three Gateway Center
401 Liberty Avenue, 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Visit website


Alan has more than thirty-eight years of experience in complex litigation and counseling, concentrating in the areas of environmental law, insurance coverage and bad faith, and commercial litigation. He chairs the firm’s Environmental and Energy Law practice and the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation practice.

Alan’s environmental law practice has involved counseling, litigation and alternative dispute resolution of matters involving municipal, residual, and hazardous waste permitting and compliance, contribution and cost recovery actions under CERCLA and related state statutes, claims for natural resource damages, contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, air and water pollution regulatory permitting and enforcement actions, oil and gas drilling compliance and transactions, and real estate transactions involving contaminated and recycled industrial sites.

Alan’s insurance law practice involves representing insurance companies in a wide array of coverage disputes, both before litigation and in court, arising out of commercial liability, property, medical professional and personal lines policies, including disputes over coverage for claims involving construction defects, exposure to toxic substances, product defects, major property losses, professional liability, infringement of intellectual property rights and violations of consumer protection laws.

Prior to entering private practice, Alan served as a trial attorney with the Environmental Enforcement Section, United States Department of Justice, and as an Assistant Counsel with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. He is a frequent lecturer and author of materials for continuing legal education courses in the areas of environmental law and insurance coverage.

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Practice areas

Environmental, Insurance Coverage, Civil Litigation: Defense

Focus areas

Bad Faith Insurance, Environmental Law, Insurance

  • 50% Environmental
  • 40% Insurance Coverage
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Defense

First Admitted: 1982, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

  • Freestone v. New England Log Homes, Inc. and North River Insurance Co., 819 A.2d 550 (Pa. Super. 2003), appeal denied, 2003 Pa. LEXIS 1460 (Pa. 2003)
  • Maddox v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 70 Fed. Appx. 77 (3d Cir. 2003)
  • Erdely v. Hinchcliffe and Keener, Inc. et al., 875 A.2d 1078 (Pa. Super. 2005), appeal denied, 890 A.2d 1059 (Pa. 2005)
  • Melrose Hotel Co. v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. 432 F. Supp. 2d 488 (E.D. Pa. 2006), aff’d, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 22711 (3d Cir. Sept. 25, 2007)
  • Whole Enchilada, Inc., v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co., 581 F. Supp. 2d 677 (W.D. Pa. 2008)
  • McMillen Engineering, Inc. v. The Travelers Indemnity Co. 744 F. Supp. 2d 416 (W.D. Pa. 2010)
  • OneBeacon Ins. Co. v. William A. Graham Co. et al., No. 2009-41636 (C.P. Montgomery Cty. Dec. 14, 2011) aff’d60 A.3d 586 (Pa. Super. 2012)
  • Northridge Village, L.P. et al v. The Travelers Indemnity Co., 2017 U.S. District LEXIS 140541 (E.D. Pa. 2017)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Top 50 Pittsburgh Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2007
  • Top 50 Pittsburgh Super Lawyers, 2015 - 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Litigation, 2016 - 2018
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Energy Law, 2017-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Litigation, 2013
  • AV Preeminent, Rated Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2004-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Litigation, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law 2018-2019
Educational Background:
  • Washington University, B.A.

Office location for Alan S. Miller

Three Gateway Center
401 Liberty Avenue, 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-288-4004

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