Christopher W. Miller has been representing public safety officers, public employees and labor organizations throughout California for nearly 20 years. His practice involves labor and employment law as well as civil and administrative defense of peace officers.
A former deputy district attorney, Mr. Miller is a seasoned trial lawyer with over 40 jury trials to his credit as a prosecutor and peace officer defense attorney. He is admitted to practice throughout California as well as the U.S. District Courts for California and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Miller has represented peace officers and other public employees in dozens of civil, administrative and criminal matters statewide. He has been general counsel to some of California's largest public safety labor organizations and provides training throughout the state on legal issues affecting law enforcement and public employees. He has appeared on broadcast programs involving peace officer rights and is a frequent contributor to various print and online publications in the law enforcement and labor communities.
Mr. Miller was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Persian Gulf and Pacific Fleet, and was a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill. He graduated cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara and received his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was named a national member of the Order of Barristers and had the privilege of studying under John F. Kennedy's Labor Secretary, W. Willard Wirtz. While in law school, Mr. Miller served a judicial externship with the Hon. Don R. Work at the Fourth District Court of Appeal (Division One).
Mossman v. City of Oakdale (2009) 170 Cal.App.4th 83 - Obtained significant back pay for public employee after city challenged arbitration award in case involving grievance over layoff procedures and bumping rights.
City of Los Angeles v. Superior Court (Brandon) (2002) 29 Cal.4th 1 - Represented PORAC and the PORAC Legal Defense Fund as amicus curiae on a case involving limitations on the disclosure of peace officer personnel records in criminal cases.