When the building lights go out and the cleaning crew comes in, you'll find personal injury attorney Miles working hard. Miles recognizes that his clients ? individuals and families suffering from catastrophic injuries or wrongful deaths ? deserve someone who never quits. Seven-figure verdicts and settlements are his hallmark?results that stem from creativity, teamwork, technical prowess, strategy, and sheer hard work.
In addition to his own caseload, he is frequently asked by other lawyers to consult on or take over cases shortly before trial. He was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, one of the youngest inductees in recent history for the organization, in part due to this trial experience as well as his reputation for civility and ethics in representing his clients. He speaks and writes in his areas of expertise and his column, Back Story, appears monthly in Plaintiff magazine.
Miles's community work includes volunteering for the Bar Association of San Francisco's pro bono programs, serving as trial counsel for disenfranchised tenants faced with losing their homes and providing legal advice at clinics for low-income individuals.
Outside work he enjoys bicycling?for commuting as well as recreation?and travel to developing countries. He lives in San Francisco in an old Victorian with his wife, who is also a lawyer, and son and daughter, who are not lawyers (yet.)
University of San Francisco School of Law San Francisco, California, J.D., 2000 Academic Distinction:
American Jurisprudence Award, Maritime Insurance, 1999 University of California Berkeley Berkeley, California, B.A., 1995
California, 2000 U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000 U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2000 U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2008 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2012
MEMBERSHIPS & ORGANIZATIONS
American Board of Trial Advocates American Association for Justice American Bar Association Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Directors, 2009-present; Board of Governors, 2005, 2008-present Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Bar Association of San Francisco San Francisco Trial Lawyers' Association
AWARDS & HONORS
Selected by California Super Lawyers magazine as a "Super Lawyer" in personal injury litigation, 2013. Only 5% of the practicing attorneys in the state are selected each year. Peer Review Rated "AV Preeminent" 5.0 of 5.0 For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale-Hubbell. For an explanation of this rating, click here. Bar Association of San Francisco's Volunteer Legal Services Program Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California, 2011, 2012, 2013 The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40, 2011, 2012, 2013 Consumer Attorneys of California Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, 2010 The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California, 2012 The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40, 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Star, 2009, 2010
San Francisco Biking Coalition California Biking Coalition League of American Bicyclists Walk San Francisco Bar Association of San Francisco's Justice and Diversity Center Legal Services Program
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
"The right cross: conduct a precise cross-examination using visuals," Plaintiff, February 2015 "A child's eyes: Identify the issues and refocus your case to highlight the story that a jury will understand," Plaintiff, January 2015 Anatomy for Lawyers, San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Association, December 2, 2014 "Anatomically correct: teaching the injuries to those in juries," Plaintiff, December 2014 "Duty Calls: Jury service - a learning opportunity," Plaintiff, November 2014 and Advocate, December 2014 Presenting the Expedited Jury Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates Masters in Trial series, October 2014 "Read it and weep: Inadvertent disclosure of privileged documents," Plaintiff, October 2014 Under Pressure: Managing back to back trials as a small firm practitioner," Plaintiff, September 2014 "Chance favors the prepared: Making the Expedited Jury Trial (EJT) work requires cooperation from both sides of the aisle," Plaintiff, August 2014 "No more bike or pedestrian cases? Where do I sign up?: Vision Zero and the idea that we can do a better job for everyone on our streets by reducing fatalities and injuries," Plaintiff, July 2014 The bicycle and pedestrian issue, Plaintiff, July 2014 - Guest Editor Technology in the courtroom, San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Association, June 2014 "Naming rights: Finding and naming the proper entities in a premises case," Plaintiff, June 2014 "One day, one trial: Expedited jury trials?an underutilized tool in minor injury auto cases," Plaintiff, May 2014 "Deserve's got nothing to do with it," Plaintiff, April 2014 "Treat them right: The joys and pitfalls of treating doctors," Plaintiff, March 2014 "Order out of chaos: The strategy and skills behind witness order and scheduling at trial," Plaintiff, February 2014 "Ch-ch-ch-changes: How to effect a successful PI practice transition," Plaintiff, January 2014 "All in the family," Plaintiff, December 2013 "Land wars in Asia," Plaintiff, November 2013 "Social media: the seven-headed Hydra," Consumer Attorneys of California, November 2013 "The code war: The international classification of diseases and why you should care about a big change on the horizon." Plaintiff and Advocate, October 2013 "A death in the family: Caring for your clients - the blessings and the burdens." Plaintiff, September 2013 "The ministry of culture: Staying current with pop culture may help with your jury? and at cocktail parties." Plaintiff, August 2013 "The map is not the territory: Why it is so very important that you personally go to the accident scene." Plaintiff, July 2013 "Make them an offer they can refuse (in bad faith)." Plaintiff, June 2013 "With case-management software, it's all relative." Plaintiff, May 2013 "The people on the bus: Taking the bus, train or public transit buys you time to concentrate on the case." Plaintiff, April 2013 "An expert is born: helping novice experts to improve the outcome." Plaintiff, March 2013 "Very superstitious: Good or bad, our superstitions and ?spidey-senses' give us confidence." Plaintiff, February 2013 "Craft a plan for jury selection." Trial, July 2012 (with June Bashant) "I feel your pain: the Gerry Spence method taken over the top." Plaintiff, July 2012 "Use the best tool for the job: tech options for presenting evidence." The Trial Lawyer, Summer 2012 "An ounce of protection." Plaintiff, June 2012 "Help around the house." Plaintiff, May 2012 "They way of the Jedi lawyer." Plaintiff, April 2012 "The price of admission: knowing and using the business records exception to hearsay." Plaintiff, March 2012 "Be the best you can be: effective ways to perform as or work with co-counsel and second seats" presentation as State Approved Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Instructor, Lake Tahoe, California, 2012 "Presenting injuries at trial effectively with an expert" presentation as State Approved Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Instructor, Lake Tahoe, California, 2012 "Tech tools to help you maximize your clients' recovery at mediation" presentation for San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Association, San Francisco, California, 2012 "The Cross Whisperer." Plaintiff, February 2012 "Presenting arm and hand injuries at trial" presentation for Trialsmith web seminar, 2012 "Perception is reality." Plaintiff, January 2012 "On legal writing: Hemingway, not Faulkner." Plaintiff, December 2011 "Social media run wild: the ethics of social media" presentation for Legal Marketing Association, 2011 "The Pincer Move". Plaintiff, November 2011 "Help! I need somebody!" Plaintiff, October 2011 "Settlement: It's not over until the foreperson sings." Plaintiff, September 2011 "Marketing for Lawyers" presentation for San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Association, San Francisco, California, 2011 "Directing the direct when your witness is not an expert." Plaintiff, August 2011 "Second chair is much more than second fiddle." Plaintiff, July 2011 "What the camera does not show: The sub rosa camera can be made to lie and you can expose it." Plaintiff, June 2011 "Jury Selection" presentation for San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Association, San Francisco, California, 2010 Voir Dire Workshop for University of San Francisco Intenstive Advocacy Program, 2012 "Successful and Ethical Marketing" presentation for Consumer Attorneys of California, 2010 "Successful and Ethical Marketing" presentation for Consumer Attorneys of Marin, 2009 "100 Days Before Trial Through Opening Statement: A Three-Part Presentation" presentation for Trialsmith web seminar, 2009 "Marketing for Lawyers" presentation for San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Association, San Francisco, California, 2009 "Juror Questionnaires: Crafting, Getting Approval, and Using Questionnaires" presentation for Trialsmith web seminar, 2009 "Trial Director Presentation Software" presentation for San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Association, San Francisco, California, 2008 "Anatomy for Lawyers & Paralegals: Understanding and Presenting Medicine In a Meaningful Way" presentation for Trialsmith web seminar, 2007 "Biomechanics: From High Speed to Low Speed" presentation for Consumer Attorneys of California College of Trial Arts Vehicle Dynamics and Handling Seminar, 2007 "Engaging in the Resolution Discussion - Opening a Dialogue to Set Up Cases for Resolution" presentation for Trialsmith web seminar, 2007 "A Just Cause" Litigation Supplement to The Recorder, 2007 "Jury Selection" presentation for San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Association, San Francisco, California, 2007 "PowerPoint: Effective Mediation Presentations" presentation for San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Association, San Francisco, California, 2006 "Be Open to Openings - Defendants and Plaintiffs Alike Can Benefit from Early Settlements" The Recorder, July 25, 2005 "Maximizing Recovery - Loss of Household Services in the Personal Injury Case" The Trial Lawyer; Fall 2004