J. Parker MillerPrincipal | Environmental
“His efforts were nothing short of exceptional” – Beasley Allen Principal & Founder Jere Beasley on Parker Miller’s work in the State of Alabama’s $2.3 billion oil spill litigation and settlement with BP. Jere Beasley Report, August 2015
Parker’s guiding principal is to have a lasting, positive influence on the lives of others. He is a husband, a father, and a fierce advocate for his clients.
Since joining the firm in 2008, Parker has established himself as a force in cases of national significance, particularly as to environmental and complex litigation matters. In 2012, and then again in 2014, the Firm selected Parker as Toxic Tort Section Lawyer of the Year for his efforts on behalf of his clients. Parker is rated an AV Preeminent® attorney by Martindale-Hubbell (4.9 out of 5.0) - the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell rating a lawyer can achieve in the categories of legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience.
He has been profiled by Law 360, a national legal publication, as one of the top lawyers in the nation younger than 40 and one of just five lawyers selected by the publication in the environmental field. The prestigious Super Lawyers publication has designated Parker a “Rising Star” - a designation that recognizes a select few top lawyers younger than 40. Based on his professional achievements and leadership role with numerous organizations, the Alabama State Bar selected Parker to be one of only 30 lawyers in the State Bar’s 2015 Leadership Forum. The Leadership Forum is a highly competitive Forum designed to bring together tomorrow’s leaders of the Bar from across the State.
Parker has maintained a very diverse practice, having successfully litigated cases on a wide variety of legal topics, including personal injury, toxic exposure, business-on-business product defect litigation, consumer fraud, and a large charitable trust dispute. However, Parker’s most significant work has been in high-stakes complex litigation, particularly with regard to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation, where he represented the State of Alabama against BP, Halliburton and Transocean. The litigation was a consequence of the worst environmental disaster in United States history. In the litigation, Parker served as co-counsel to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, was deputized a Deputy Attorney General of the State of Alabama by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, and served as the lead Beasley Allen day-to-day litigator for the State of Alabama. Parker was a point person for Alabama before the Court, coordinated all discovery matters, was Alabama’s architect for the State’s economic and property damage models, and served as a member of Alabama’s settlement negotiation team. After months of intense litigation, BP agreed to pay the State of Alabama $2.3 billion in what is considered to be one of the most significant settlements in Alabama’s history. In addition, Transocean agreed to pay the State of Alabama $20 million.
On the private litigation side, Parker was selected to serve as Beasley Allen’s Second Chair to the oil spill Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in New Orleans, La. Ultimately, the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee reached a landmark uncapped, multi-billion dollar settlement with BP for private claimants throughout the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to his work on behalf of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, Parker worked extensively to assess and recover damages for private claimants throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and he oversaw the Firm’s fishermen and personal injury clients devastated by the spill. In addition, Parker has represented hundreds of businesses throughout the affected area that lost income as a result of the spill. To date, he has recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of his clients in the litigation.
In addition to Parker’s oil spill litigation work, he also played a leadership role in the Hot Fuel Multi-District Litigation, where he served as Beasley Allen’s Second Chair to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. The litigation, which is consolidated in Kansas City, Kan., was designed to ensure fairness in every American consumer motor fuel purchase. In that case, Parker represented numerous trucking companies and assumed a leadership role in coordinating national offensive discovery efforts against the largest oil companies in the world. Ultimately, these cases survived the class certification stage, and the litigation has achieved in excess of $20 million in settlements to date.
Currently, Parker is devoting a portion of his practice to cases involving exposure to toxic substances. Unfortunately, toxic substances exist all around us, particularly in the products we consume and in our workplace. Because these cases often involve tragic consequences, including severe injury, cancer or death, Parker places an emphasis on relationships with his clients, and, if helpful, their loved ones.
During the course of his career, Parker has been quoted in Law 360, the Montgomery Advertiser and the Mobile Press Register. He has also appeared on numerous occasions as both an attorney host and guest on WSFA’s Law Call and The Beasley Allen Report television programs. Parker is a frequent lecturer and speaker, and has appeared on the following programs:
- Practicing and Succeeding as a Young Attorney, Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama. (March 21, 2011).
- An Update on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Litigation, Beasley Allen Legal Strategies Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. (September 15, 2011).
- Litigating the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, a Roundtable Discussion with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s legal counsel Cooper Shattuck, Alabama Solicitor General Corey Maze, Beasley Allen Attorney Parker Miller and Gulf Coast Claim Facility Alabama Chief Legal Advisor Gregory Hawley, Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama (October 5, 2011).
- An Update on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Litigation, Beasley Allen Legal Strategies Conference, Montgomery, Alabama (November 20, 2011).
- Litigating Multi-District Litigation, A Case Study of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Toledo Federal Bar Association (January 23, 2012).
- Landing Employment in the Law, a Roundtable Discussion Sponsored by the Alabama Young Lawyers Division at the University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (January 31, 2013).
- The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill – An Analysis of Case Management and Legal Issues, American Inns of Court, Hugh Maddox Chapter, Montgomery, Alabama (February 7, 2013).
- An Update on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Litigation, Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting, Destin, Florida (July 10, 2014).
- Obtaining Employment in a Difficult Legal Market, Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama (February 4, 2015).
- Getting Ahead in Complex Litigation, ALAJ Legends of Litigation, Birmingham, Alabama (September 23, 2015).
- Transitions from Law School to Practice, Professionalism, and Advocacy in Practice, Faulkner Law Week Advocacy Panel, Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama (October 21, 2015).
- Toxic Tort Litigation, Alabama State Bar Iron Bowl CLE, Montgomery, Alabama (November 19, 2015).
Parker is very active in local, state and national legal societies, particularly as to the Alabama State Bar’s Young Lawyer’s Division (YLD), where he serves as an elected officer of the YLD’s executive committee, and is currently on track to be president of the organization in two years. He has served, and currently serves, as a committee member to the Alabama State Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program. He is also very active in his local bar, and serves as a Grievance Committee Member for the Montgomery County Bar Association. Parker is actively involved in the Alabama Association for Justice (ALAJ) and is a member of ALAJ’s Emerging Leaders program, where he serves as the organization’s Montgomery Chair. He is also a board member of the Montgomery County Association for Justice, as well as a member of the American Inns of Court, Hugh Maddox Chapter. Finally, Parker currently serves as Vice President of the Henry Tellis Foundation – a foundation dedicated to the development of Montgomery inner-city youth.
Parker graduated high school from Marengo Academy in 2001. He attended Auburn University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2005. He received his law degree from Faulkner University School of Law in 2008. While attending law school, Parker studied international law abroad in conjunction with Tulane University at the Universitiet van Amsterdam. In addition, he was recognized by the American College of Trial Lawyers as one of the nation’s finest student advocates and received the Lewis F. Powell Jr. American College of Trial Lawyers Medal of Excellence in Advocacy.
Parker was raised on a cattle farm in Dayton, Ala., and is the son of Mary and Tommy Miller. He is married to the former Ashley Brownsberger of Tampa Bay, Fla., and together they have one daughter, Sophia Elizabeth Miller, and attend the Church of the Holy Spirit in Montgomery, Ala.
- U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
- United States District Court, District of Kansas (admitted pro hac vice, 2008)
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (admitted pro hac vice, 2010)
- United States District Court, Northern District of Florida (admitted pro hac vice, 2010)
- American Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice, Oil Spill Taskforce Member
- Alabama Bar Association
- Alabama Association for Justice
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- Montgomery County Association for Justice - Board Member
- Committee Member, Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer Program
- Committee Member, Montgomery County Bar Grievance Committee
- Chairman, 2010 Father Walter Charity Golf Tournament
- American Inns of Court, Hugh Maddox Chapter
- Committee Member and Recruitment Subcommittee Chairman, Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer Program
- Henry Tellis Foundation - Vice President
- AV Preeminent Rated
- Beasley Allen Toxic Torts Section Lawyer of the Year 2012
- Beasley Allen Toxic Torts Section Lawyer of the Year 2014
- Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" 2014 & 2015
- Law 360 "Rising Star"
- Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum
- Thomas Goode Jones School of Law (J.D., 2008)
- Universiteit van Amsterdam (International Law Concentration, 2006)
- Auburn University (B.S., Business Administration 2005)
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