Debra H. Miller
Debra Miller practices primarily in business litigation. She has been certified both as a specialist in civil trial advocacy and as a civil pretrial practice advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, based upon her trial experience and other criteria. She was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocacy based upon some of the same criteria, and is Past President of its Indiana Chapter. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is the chair of its State Committee. Membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers is by invitation only, can never exceed more than 1% of the entire lawyer population of the state, and is based upon recognition as one of the very best trial lawyers in the state by judges and opposing counsel. Debra is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society whose membership is limited to less than one-half percent of North American lawyers, judges, and scholars. She has been selected to “America’s Top 100 Attorneys,” based upon lifetime achievement recognition. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America. She has tried more than forty jury trials, involving issues of breach of contract, vicarious liability, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, employee benefit plan losses, conversion, shareholder liability, insurance coverage, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, and bad faith. She has represented clients in litigation pending in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas, and before the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, as well as the Indiana Federal District and State trial courts.
Debra has provided litigation services to numerous U.S. companies, both plaintiff and defendant, on a wide array of matters, including labor and employment issues, real estate disputes, and probate litigation. She has negotiated resolution of a variety of complex matters during her career, and has represented clients at all stages of the litigation process, including alternative dispute resolution, discovery, trial, and appeal. She has counseled clients in risk management, crisis management, and litigation avoidance techniques. She has also trained numerous young litigators on trial technique and strategy.
Debra holds an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for lawyers, based upon a poll of other lawyers practicing in the same community. The "AV" rating is defined as "very high to pre-eminent" in her field of practice. She is listed as an Indiana Super Lawyer by Indianapolis Monthly based upon a survey of over 14,000 attorneys in Indiana, and she is listed as one of the top 25 women lawyers in Indiana based upon the same survey.
Debra joined Ice Miller LLP in 1984, upon earning her juris doctorate, cum laude , from the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, where she was an associate editor of the Law Review. She was a partner in the Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections, Chair of the 60-lawyer Litigation Section, and EEO Compliance Officer for the firm. Debra left Ice Miller LLP to become a founding partner of Miller & Fisher, LLC, in 2006.
Debra chaired the Project PEACE Subcommittee of the Civil Rights of Children Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association, which implemented peer dispute resolution in many Indiana schools, including the Indianapolis Public Schools. She was a member of the Indiana State Bar Association's Internet and Electronic Communications Committee. She was on the Board of Directors for the Children's Bureau, Inc.
J.D., Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1984
Honors: Cum Laude
Law Review: Indiana University School of Law, Associate Editor
Bachelor of Science, Indiana State University, Indiana, 1980
Honors: Cum Laude
Seventh Circuit in Chicago
US Supreme Court
American College of Trial Lawyers
Chair of State Committee
American Board of Trial Advocacy, Indiana Chapter
Litigation Counsel of America
Co-Author. Personal Injury Law and Practice Volume of the Indiana Practice, West Publishing Co., 2007
Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Ice Miller LLP, Partner, Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections
Ice Miller LLP, Chair, Litigation Section
Ice Miller LLP, EEO Compliance Officer