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Jeff C. Miller

I treat each client as if I were a shareholder or a part owner, and I understand the pressure from weighing costs for critical business needs. I strive to ensure that my clients consistently receive premier service and value beyond the dollar amount. Quotation mark
Jeff C. Miller
Jeff C. Miller
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About Jeff

Jeff Miller focuses on environmental law, with a particular emphasis on hazardous waste cleanup, enforcement, and Clean Water Act permitting issues. A significant portion of this work involves large multi-party Superfund sites such as Portland Harbor and Lower Duwamish Waterway. In conjunction with these matters, Jeff represents clients in private allocation processes, reviewing technical documents, analyzing client liability and defenses, and preparing effective advocacy. His Clean Water Act work often involves defending permit holders against threatened citizen suits and resolving related permitting and enforcement issues. Jeff also assists clients with resolving Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permitting and enforcement issues.

Jeff is a frequent contributor to Miller Nash’s real estate, construction, and environmental law blog, From the Ground Up.
    

Representative Experience

  • Environmental Plus
    • Represented a transportation services company in response to Washington State Department of Ecology demands that it obtain an industrial stormwater general permit. This also included negotiating reasonable improvements at the facility to obtain a no-exposure certification.

    • Represented a company who found hazardous materials in its production process and faced agency enforcement. Successfully negotiated a reasonable resolution of the issues and settlement with the agency.

    • Assisting several clients at the Portland Harbor and Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund sites to resolve alleged liabilities in private allocation processes.

    • As part of a collaborative effort with other attorneys and their clients, successfully negotiated with the EPA to resolve its original demand to perform remedial design over a large and complex portion of a Superfund site.

    • Regularly assisting clients with evaluating environmental conditions and the effects on real property transactions.

    • As part of a team of attorneys, obtained a favorable result in an environmental claim in a bankruptcy proceeding. Expert preparation proved instrumental in obtaining the favorable outcome.

    • Counseled producer of automotive accessories regarding competitive aspects of distribution agreements.

Services

Education

  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, magna cum laude, 2008
    • Cornelius Honor Society, member
    • Environmental Law and Natural Resources Certificate
  • Master’s Degree, The Evergreen State College, environmental studies, 1993
  • B.A., University of Puget Sound, with honors, economics, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 2012
  • Washington, 2008

Activities

Professional Plus
  • Clark County Bar Association, member
  • Washington State Bar Association, member
  • Oregon State Bar Association, member
Civic Plus
  • Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, board member

Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion as a Washington Super Lawyer, 2014, 2016-2018

Outside the Office

Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, genealogy research, and fixing up old cars.