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Craig Miller

Craig Miller has extensive experience in state and federal commercial trials (jury and non-jury), mediations and arbitrations, in a wide variety of litigation matters.

His special concentration is the representation of creditors in distressed credit cases, including collections, foreclosures, and bankruptcy adversary actions. He has negotiated and drafted scores of credit workout agreements. On significant matters, Craig’s lender clients over the years include AmericanWest Bank, Archon Group, Banc of America Investment Services, Inc., Bank of America, N.A., Banner Bank, Columbia Bank, Corus Construction Venture, Frontier Bank (Colorado), First Heritage Bank, GE Capital, HomeStreet Bank, Household Financial, Islanders Bank, Oaktree Capital Management, Opus Bank, Regal Bank, SunAmerica, TCW Special Credits, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, USF&G, and Washington Federal. He has been frequent lecturer on topics of secured lending, lender liability defense and credit restructure.

Craig has handled significant trust dispute cases for Children’s Hospital Foundation, The Seattle Foundation and Bank of America, N.A., as well as for several individuals.

He has handled substantial contract, corporate and real estate matters for Citifor, Inc. (a subsidiary of CITIC), Shell Oil Company, Downer-EDI Engineering, Ltd. (Australia), Westward Seafoods, the Patterson Companies, Inc., James G. Murphy Auctioneers, Flying Acres Homeowners Association, Ameron International Corp., Constellation Energy, Marshalltown Company, Population and Development International, Inc., Qantas Airlines, Trammell Crow Company, and Triple "B" Corporation d/b/a Charlie’s Produce, among many others.

Craig has considerable expertise in the law of and practice in Pacific Island jurisdictions. He has tried to verdict ship mortgage foreclosure cases in US District Court in Guam, and in the High Court of American Samoa. He represented a class of claimants from the Island of Likiep before the Nuclear Claims Tribunal in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. In 2008-09, Craig was on secondment to PLN Lawyers, Sydney, Australia, as part of DWT Pacific, of which he was Co-Chair. In 2009, he was a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney Faculty of Law Master’s Program, lecturing on the Legal Systems of the US-Affiliated Pacific Jurisdictions. On Pacific matters, he has provided advice to ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank, ANZ Bank, Digicel (Fiji), Ltd., eLandia, Inc. d/b/a Blue Sky Communications, the Government of American Samoa, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Additional Qualifications

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Donald S. Voorhees, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 1976-1978
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Pune School of Law, Maharashtra, India, 1979

Professional & Community Activities

  • YMCA of Greater Seattle, Board of Trustees, 2006-2008
  • Childhaven, Board of Trustees, 1996-2003; President, 2001-2002; Board Champions, 2003-2013
  • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, Board of Trustees, 1990-1996; Vice President, 1995-1996 

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Litigation: General Commercial (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2005-2007
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Seattle's "Lawyer of the Year" in Banking and Finance, 2012 
  • Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law by Best Lawyers, 2003-2008; named in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law and in Banking Law, 2009-present
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2005-2014