Philip D.W. Miller


Philip Miller is an experienced trial lawyer who counsels his clients through disputes involving corporate governance, securities, and financial matters.

Philip represents technology companies, financial services firms, investment advisers, venture capital funds, municipal entities, and individuals in complex commercial matters, securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, LLC and partnership disputes, SEC and DOJ enforcement actions, and internal investigations.

Philip has won cases in California, Delaware, and Federal courts, including trial victories for a Napa Valley winery as first chair trial attorney, a telecommunications company in a multi-party contract dispute, and a technology company in a six-week jury trial, resulting in a multi-million dollar award for his client. Philip has also successfully represented clients before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, including a case resulting in a published opinion in the Class Action Fairness Act context.

Philip maintains a meaningful pro bono practice, having represented an educational farm and community center, public school students in disciplinary matters, and partnering with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Prior to joining Fink Bressack, Philip was a litigator in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and California and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, Northern and Central Districts of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Philip earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School where he served as an editor of the Stanford Journal of Animal Law and Policy. He earned his M.A.R. in philosophical theology and the philosophy of religion, summa cum laude, from Yale Divinity School and his B.A. in philosophy, summa cum laude, from Denison University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

An Ohio native, Philip enjoys exploring the Great Lakes’ natural beauty with his family, vegetarian cooking, and cheering for baseball’s Kansas City Royals.


Stanford Law School,
Juris Doctor, 2011

Yale Divinity School,
Master of Arts, summa cum laude, 2008

Denison University,
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 2001

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Groups

State Bar of Michigan,
Litigation and Young Lawyers Sections
State Bar of California
Washtenaw County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association


Co-author, “Stockholder Appraisal Actions in the Delaware Court of Chancery,” Securities Litigation: Forms and Analysis, Thomson Reuters (2017)

Co-author, “Loss Causation and Damages,” Securities Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide, 7th ed., Practising Law Institute (2013)