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Thomas P. Miller

Shareholder

Tom Miller is a shareholder with Keating, Bucklin & McCormack.  Tom’s practice has an emphasis on civil rights defense, wrongful death, inquests, product liability, road design, construction litigation, and premises liability. Tom tries cases in state and federal court and has appeared and argued before the Washington State Court of Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Tom represents police officers, police departments, and other city officials throughout the state, defending them in civil rights and negligence cases. Tom is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”), one of the nation’s premier civil defense attorney organizations with 1,200 peer selected members world-wide. Tom serves on the FDCC’s Admissions Committee, Trial Tactics Committee,  Membership Development and Retention Committee, and he is past Chair of its Civil Rights and Public Entity Liability section. Tom has been named a Super Lawyer each year since 2020.

Outside of work, Tom serves on the Board of Directors for Team Alpental Snoqualmie (TAS) ski team and was its President from 2015 through 2021. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Pacific Northwest Ski Education Foundation (PNSEF) from 2017 through 2023.  Tom lives in Sammamish and enjoys alpine skiing, cycling, mountain biking, water skiing, and tennis with his wife and two daughters.

Presentations

"Legal Issues for Demonstration Management" – Valley Civil Disturbance Unit (VCDU), January 2024

“Officer-Involved Shooting Investigations” – Washington Assoc. of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs, November 2023

"Legislative Updates on New Laws Affecting Law Enforcement" – Association of Washington Cities, July 2021, October 2021, April 2022

“2022 Policing: Legislative & Qualified Immunity Update” – Claims Department Training 2022

“Qualified Immunity Update” – Everett Police Department, Command Staff, January 11, 2021

"Introducing Evidence at Trial: Style, Approach, Purpose and Technique" - WSBA CLE 2018

"Trial Masters: Virtual Reality in the Courtroom: The Next Frontier," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel 2018 Summer Meeting, Plenary Session

"Open Discussion on Visual Technology and Other Practice Issues," FDCC Civil Rights and Public Entity Liability Section Meeting, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel 2018 Summer Meeting

“Washington Legal Updates” - Claims Department Training 2017

“Student Privacy & Transgender Issues” - N. Thurston County School District 2017

“Wrongful Convictions and Civil Rights Claims” - Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Winter 2016 Meeting

“Municipal Liability in Civil Rights Cases” - FBI National Academy Associates 2015 Annual Training

“K-9 Liability Issues” - Police Officer Training 2014

“42 U.S.C. § 1983 Claims” – Assoc. of Washington Cities, 2007

Education, Recognition, and Honors

University of Montana, B.A. English Literature – 1995

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, J.D. – 2003

Washington Law & Politics, Super Lawyer, 2020-2023

Professional and Community Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association, since 2003 
  • Federal Bar Association 
  • Defense Research Institute 
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers 
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, since 2014 
  • Board member and past President, Team Alpental Snoqualmie (TAS) ski racing team
  • Trustee, Pacific Northwest Ski Education Foundation (PNSEF), 2017-2023

“Stew Estes and Richard Jolley have restored my faith in the legal system.”

Bret Farrar, Chief of Police, Lakewood Police Department