Matthew Miller

Matthew F. Miller

Partner

Matt Miller is an accomplished litigator and trial lawyer in complex business disputes, with considerable skills in a wide range of breach of contract and unfair competition matters, including misappropriation of intellectual property, business interference torts, breach of employment contracts and breach of joint venture agreements. Matt has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar recoveries for his clients, particularly in relation to unfair business competition, employment misdeeds and trade secret misappropriation.

Matt specializes in helping employers navigate the specifics of the California business landscape, and readily deals with instances where employees misappropriate a previous employer’s ideas, clients or opportunities. He also defends such suits when claims of misappropriation or interference are overstated or misunderstood.

Matt seeks out all relevant decision-makers at the outset of a matter, in an effort to articulate the underlying business goal before charting out a defense strategy or launching litigation.

Matt is known for his ability to distill vast numbers of facts down to a coherent narrative easily digestible by judges, mediators and juries.

Matt is equally competent in defense of business litigation and resolves high-profile matters with efficiency, with the reputation of his clients always at the forefront.

In addition to his work in the complex business litigation and unfair competition arenas, Matt has extensive experience across a broad range of employment litigation, product liability, real estate litigation and construction disputes.

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Employment, Unfair Competition and Complex Business Disputes

  • Securing multiple pretrial multimillion-dollar recoveries on behalf of some of the world’s largest engineering and construction corporations alleging trade secret misappropriation, employee raiding and international interference torts.
  • Obtaining a multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of a consumer electronics firm alleging trade secret misappropriation and intentional interference with contract.
  • Obtaining a US$7.5 million arbitration award for seller of sports nutritional supplement company following dispute over earn-out provision of corporate stock purchase agreement.
  • Obtaining a multimillion-dollar judgment for an investor alleging fraudulent investment scheme.
  • Obtaining a multimillion-dollar settlement only weeks after filing a lawsuit alleging fraudulent operation of a hedge fund and breach of the fund’s offering memorandum.
  • Obtaining a dismissal and recovery of lawyer fees in complex contractual dispute, including application of French law, on behalf of a major manufacturer of high-end audio products.
  • Obtaining a multimillion-dollar judgment under RICO and fraud claims against perpetrators of investment Ponzi scheme.
  • Litigating numerous matters for both plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits involving intentional interference torts, Business and Professions Code section 17200 claims, and breaches of non-competition and non-solicitation covenants.

Product Liability

  • Obtaining a defense judgment for a manufacturing company following a two-week federal trial in which plaintiff alleged design and manufacturing defects of fiberglass and steel chairs.
  • Resolving actions against manufacturers of forklifts, industrial press brakes, firearms and airplanes.

Real Estate/Construction Litigation

  • Obtaining a mid-trial multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of a plaintiff alleging breach of a real estate joint venture.
  • Obtaining a multimillion-dollar settlement in favor of plaintiff hotel development joint venturer almost immediately after providing defendants with the draft complaint alleging fraudulent inducement into the joint venture.
  • Obtaining summary judgment for a large general contractor in a construction worker’s catastrophic personal injury action alleging unsafe work conditions and failure to supervise.
  • Obtaining a favorable settlement on behalf of a major engineering corporation in a breach of contract claim against a quasi-governmental entity.
  • Obtaining a dismissal with prejudice for a framing and foundation contractor in litigation involving catastrophic personal injuries and in which all other parties settled for policy limits.
  • Successfully resolved various construction defect actions.

Education

  • Georgetown University, J.D., 1994
  • University of California, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1990

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of California
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., C. Dist. of California
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of California
  • Supreme Court of California

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center, Board of Directors, Secretary of Board
  • Society of California Pioneers, Executive Committee and Director
  • Olympic Club, San Francisco
  • St. Ignatius College Preparatory Alumni Board
  • State Bar of California

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  • Author, “Drone Regulations Await Flight Plan,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, December 14, 2015.
  • Co-author, “Protecting Trade Secrets in an Era of Increased Scrutiny,” The Recorder, July 20, 2015.
  • Co-presenter, “My Unfair Employee: Avoiding Unfair Competition and Protecting Your Trade Secrets from Hire to Fire,” Dealey Renton and Associates Insurance Brokers Seminar, February 2011.
  • Co-author, “Hanging By a Thread: Non-Solicitation Clauses and the Trade Secret Exception,” The Daily Journal, September 22, 2010.
  • Co-author, “Can You Keep a Secret?” The Daily Journal, August 20, 2010.