Samuel F. Miller
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Anyone worthwhile has someone somewhere along the line who taught the values of hard work, keeping your word, doing it right the first time, and choosing the right path for the right reasons. For Sam Miller, that person was his maternal grandfather.
Sam grew up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, once corporate home of International Harvester. His mother's father, a self-taught engineer, designed the chassis for his generation's International Harvester semi. His more notable achievement was the impression he made on his grandson.
"We built all kinds of things together - wooden cars, marionettes for a class project, a giant backdrop for a stage. I learned traditional values from him. He seemed to know everybody. We never went anywhere when he didn't bump into somebody he knew, someone who liked and respected him."
As a boy, Sam says he was a rule follower. He was on the high school swim team, became an Eagle Scout, played tenor sax in the marching band and served as editor of the newspaper.
Sam's mother was 64 when she earned her bachelor's degree. His father was an insurance adjustor. Sam's dad used to talk at the dinner table about various cases he was working on. "He'd talk about the kinds of injuries people would have and lawyers representing them." He listened and learned a lot about law.
At first, Sam thought he'd pursue a career in medicine. Then while dissecting a cat during a summer course at Xavier University in Cincinnati, he realized medicine wasn't for him. He took his parents' advice and enrolled in the Indiana University Mauer School of Law. His grandfather had instilled an interest in mechanical things and how they work, which eventually led Sam to a position practicing intellectual property law in Nashville in 2003.
A few years and upward moves later, Sam and his wife, Rachel, had the first of their three children. Sam took a job with the Nashville office of a large national law firm of nearly 700 lawyers, still practicing intellectual property law.
Two children later and after over a decade in big law firms, Sam made the leap of faith and opened his own firm on Nov. 7, 2017. Initially his firm continued to represent companies in intellectual property in litigation until he didn't want to do that anymore. He made the switch in his focus from IP to PI - personal injury.
"The pandemic gave me a chance to reset. I was doing a lot of high-end litigation for major companies. I didn't want to keep representing big companies. I always wanted to do contingency fee work, be a plaintiff's attorney. I wanted to help actual people."
Since then, Sam has represented injured people in cases involving auto accidents, medical malpractice, attorney malpractice, sexual assaults at schools and slip-and-fall injuries.
Sam and Rachel, a pre-school teacher, and their three children - Jack, Emmaline and Liam - share their Brentwood home with a wirehaired pointing griffon and a little shorkie-poo. Sam is an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 86 and cubmaster for Cub Pack 223. When not in the outdoors, you'll find Sam running one of the children to basketball, lacrosse, or their other activities. One of these days, he'd like to go fly-fishing in Mongolia for taimen, a type of giant salmon, and backpacking in Patagonia.
Sam will tell you he decided to leave a secure practice in IP law and take up personal injury for the right reasons. "I feel better about myself and about the work I do."
- Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
- Honors: cum laude
- Xavier University
- Honors: cum laude
- USD Institute on International and Comparative Law at Trinity College, Dublin
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
- U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- “Supreme Court Drastically Changes Where Patent Infringement Cases Can Be Filed,” Intellectual Asset Management Weekly Email (May 2017)
- “Attorneys React To Supreme Court Patent Venue Ruling,” Law360 (May 2017)
- “Supreme Court Drastically Changes Where Patent Infringement Cases Can Be Filed” (May 2017)
- “U.S. Supreme Court Strengthens Attacks On U.S. Patents Through Inter Partes Reviews,” Intellectual Asset Management International Reports (July 2016)
- “Prepare To See More Method Patent Infringement Cases,” Law360 (August 2015)
- “The New Broader Standard for Divided Patent Infringement” (August 2015)
- “The Impact of 3D Printing on the Commercialization on Intellectual Property,” LawyerMade (September 2014)
- “Rethink Intellectual Property – Your Intellectual Property Is a Source Of Capital and New Business Opportunities,” Catalyst Magazine of Nashville Technology Council (January 2013)
- “Intellectual Property Issues for Start-up Companies,” Intellectual Property Deskbook for the Business Lawyer, Third Edition (2013)
- “BitTorrent Copyright Infringement Lawsuits Gaining Momentum in Middle Tennessee” (November 2012)
- Featured – “Alternative dispute resolution in intellectual property contract matters,” 2nd Generation Capital (July 2012)
- Contributing Author – “Right of Publicity Survey,” Practical Law Company (January 2011)
- Peer Reviewer – “IP Issues for Start-Up Companies,” Intellectual Property Deskbook for the Business Lawyer, Third Edition (January 2011)
- Contributing author – Right of Publicity Survey for the Practical Law Company
- Co-presenter – “Damages and the Calculation of Damages in Intellectual Property Cases” for the Intellectual Property Section of the Nashville Bar Association (November 30, 2011)
- Co-presenter “Intellectual Property and Political Campaigns” for the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association in Nashville, Tennessee (November 11, 2011)
- Presenter – “Are You Sure You Own the Copyrights in Your Code?” Suffolk University Law School podcast (August 2011)
- “Are You Sure You Own the Copyrights in Your Code?” BakerTech newsletter (August 10, 2011)
- Presenter – “Intellectual Property in Advertising and Marketing Series,” Baker Donelson Seminar (Summer 2011)
- Presenter – “Ethics for IP Lawyers – 2011,” Tennessee Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Forum (March 4, 2011)
- Presenter – “Intellectual Property in the Digital Age: What is it and how do you protect it?” PodCamp, Nashville, TN (March 6, 2010) Presenter – “Intellectual Property Law,” TECworks FastTrac Program (October 22, 2009)
- Adjunct professor – Intellectual Property Law, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (Fall 2009)
- Guest lecturer – “Introduction of Copyright Law” for survey course of “Intellectual Property Law” for the University of Mississippi School of Law (October 31, 2008)
- Author – “How to Stop Others from Using Your Business’s Trademarks in a Website Address,” Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Business Insider (August 2008)
- Presenter – “Discovery Documents, Trial Exhibits and the Copyright Act” for the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association in Nashville, Tennessee (May 2, 2008)
- Presenter – “The TTAB Rule Changes and Other Recent Changes in Trademark Law” for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Forum (April 11, 2008)
- Presenter – “Patent Law,” for the National Business Institute in Memphis, Tennessee (December 18, 2007)
- Presenter – “Recent Development in Trademark Law, including the New TTAB Rules,” for the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association in Nashville, Tennessee (November 9, 2007)
- Presenter – “Ten Things Every Educator Should Know About the Copyright Act,” for St. Agnes High School, Memphis, Tennessee (April 4, 2007)
- Author – “The Spy in Your Cell Phone,” Financial Institutions Advisor, Vol. 2 No. 2 (June 2004)
- Author – “Is International Filing Best for Your Trademark,” Innovation, Vol. 3 No. 4 (December 2003)
- Author – “Prescriptive Jurisdiction over Internet Activity: The Need to Define and Establish the Boundaries of Cyberliberty,” 10 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Issue 2 (Summer 2003)
- America’s Top 100 High Stake Litigators
- Mid-South Super Lawyer
- IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Handbook
- Mid-South Rising Star
- The Best Lawyers in America®
Classes & Seminars
- Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, Former Adjunct Professor in Intellectual Property
- “The Price of Entry: Litigation & Enforcement,” The IP Strategy Summit, Atlanta, Georgia (April 2015)
- Panelist – “Preparing for Litigation,” The IP Strategy Summit: Enforcement, Silicon Valley, California (June 2014)
- “Utilizing Your Intellectual Property to Drive Revenue and Value,” webinar (December 2012)
- “Electronically Stored Information (ESI) and the Deal Lawyer,” InsideCounsel webinar (December 2012)
- “BIG Data, BIG Analytics: Attacking the ESI Volume Problem with More than Just TAR,” eDiscoveryJournal cle webinar (November 2012)
- Panelist – “Social Media – The Good, the Bad, and the Illegal?,” Tennessee Bar Association’s “The Law of Technology – What You Need to Know” seminar (September 2012)
- “Intellectual Property Issue Basics,” Tennessee Bar Association’s “General Practice 2012 Fast Track” seminar, Knoxville, Tennessee (August 2012)
- “Ethical Considerations and Social Media: Clients and Business Strategies,” Tennessee Bar Association webinar (August 2012)
- Instructor/Presenter – Kroll Ontrack Advanced E-Discovery Certification Course, Eden Prairie, Minnesota (June 2012)
- Co-presenter – “Damages and the Calculation of Damages in Intellectual Property Cases,” Intellectual Property Section, Nashville Bar Association (November 2011)
- Co-presenter – “Intellectual Property and Political Campaigns,” Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, Nashville, Tennessee (November 2011)
- “Are You Sure You Own the Copyrights in Your Code?,” Suffolk University Law School podcast (August 2011)”Ethics for IP Lawyers – 2011,” Tennessee Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Forum (March 2011)
- Tennessee Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Governing Board, Member, 2009 – 2010; 2011 – 2012; 2015 – 2016
- Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, Governing Board, Member
Current Employment Position
- Principal Member, Founder