J. Parker MillerPrincipal | Personal Injury and Product Liability
Parker is a principal in Beasley Allen Law Firm’s Personal Injury and Products Liability Section. 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.
His primary focus has always been in high-stakes, complex litigation. He currently represents survivors and their families in a wide range of catastrophic injury or death cases, including product liability cases involving vehicles, the workplace and failed safety devices. These cases oftentimes involve results that alter relationships, families and lives. To that end, his guiding principle is to have a lasting, positive influence on the lives of others, and he puts that principle into practice by guiding families through the legal process in hopes to help them obtain a new, better normal.
Before joining Beasley Allen’s Personal Injury and Products Liability Section, Parker worked in the firm’s Toxic Torts Section, where he maintained a diverse practice and 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.
Parker played a major role in what is considered to be one of the most significant, high-stakes cases in history – the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill litigation. He served as co-lead counsel for the state of Alabama, co-counsel to then-Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, and was deputized a deputy attorney general of the state of Alabama by Attorney General Luther Strange. Parker was a point person for Alabama before the court, served as the architect for the state’s economic and property damage models, and was a member of Alabama’s settlement negotiation team. After years of litigation, BP agreed to pay 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.
During the BP Oil Spill litigation, Parker was selected to serve as Beasley Allen’s second chair to the oil spill Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in New Orleans. Ultimately, the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee reached a landmark, uncapped settlement with BP for private claimants throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Parker oversaw the Firm’s fishermen and personal injury clients devastated by the spill. In addition, Parker represented hundreds of businesses throughout the affected area that lost business revenues as a result of the spill. To date, he has recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of his private clients in the litigation.
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, Kansas, 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.
Awards and Ratings
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.
The firm selected him as the Toxic Torts Section’s Lawyer of the Year in 2012 and 2014, and the prestigious Super Lawyers publication has designated Parker a “Rising Star” since 2014 — a designation that recognizes the top 2.5 percent of lawyers younger than 40. He was also named a “Rising Star” by Law360 in 2014 and again in 2016.
Parker is a leading figure in a number of legal organizations, particularly the Alabama State Bar, where he is an at-large Bar Commissioner, president of the State Bar Young Lawyers Division, a member of the State Bar President’s Executive Committee and a member of the Local Bar Task Force.
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. He was nominated as class representative by his peers and currently serves as co-chair of the 2017 Leadership Forum Class. Parker is also a member of the Alabama Association for Justice (ALAJ), where he recently won a heavily contested statewide election to be one of four officers in the organization’s Emerging Leaders caucus.
Over the course of his career, Parker has been quoted in Law360, 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 speaker and lecturer and has been profiled by Law360 on two different occasions as one of the top lawyers in the nation younger than 40. Quotes about Parker include:
- “His efforts were nothing short of exceptional.” – Beasley Allen Principal & Founder Jere Beasley on Parker’s work in the state of Alabama’s $2.3 billion oil spill litigation and settlement with BP. Jere Beasley Report, August 2015
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, Alabama, and is the son of Mary and Tommy Miller. He is married to the former Ashley Brownsberger of Tampa Bay, Florida, and together they have one daughter, Sophia Elizabeth Miller, and attend St. Peters in Montgomery, Alabama.
- Alabama (2008)
- Georgia (2017)
- Arkansas (admitted pro hac vice, 2016)
- Florida (admitted pro hac vice, 2017)
- Mississippi (admitted pro hac vice, 2016)
- 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 - Products Liability Section
- American Association for Justice - Oil Spill Taskforce Member
- Alabama State Bar
- Alabama State Bar - Executive Committee Member
- Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum - Office of Service Committee
- Alabama State Bar - Board of Bar Commissioners
- Alabama State Bar - Young Lawyers Section, President
- Alabama State Bar - Local Bar Taskforce
- Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum - Class 12 Representative; Class 13 Committee and Co-Chair; Service Committee Officer
- Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer Program - Committee Member
- Alabama Association for Justice
- Alabama Association for Justice - Executive Committee Member
- Alabama Association for Justice - Emerging Leaders Caucus Elected Officer
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- Montgomery County Association for Justice - Incoming President
- Montgomery County Bar Grievance Committee
- 2010 Father Walter Charity Golf Tournament - Chairman
- American Inns of Court - Hugh Maddox Chapter
- Committee Member and Recruitment Subcommittee Chairman, Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer Program
- Henry Tellis Foundation - Vice President
- Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated (4.9 of 5.0)
- Beasley Allen Toxic Torts Section Lawyer of the Year 2012
- Beasley Allen Toxic Torts Section Lawyer of the Year 2014
- Super Lawyers Mid-South “Rising Stars” 2014 to present
- Law 360 National “Rising Star” 2014 and 2016
- 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)
- Occupational lung disease: Beasley Allen principal Parker Miller weighs in
- Is BP holding to the oil spill agreement? Beasley Allen principal Parker Miller explains
- Occupational exposure: have you been exposed to toxic agents while on the job?
- Beasley Allen attorneys Jere Beasley and Parker Miller discuss BP settlement on Alabama Live
- BP Oil Spill claims being paid throughout Alabama
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