Jeff Miller came to Gentry Locke after several years as an associate in a Richmond-based civil litigation firm where he practiced in state and federal courts. Jeff has tried dozens of cases, defeated multiple claims at the motions stage, and served as second chair on multi-million-dollar brain injury trials before Virginia juries.
Jeff earned his law degree at the University of Richmond School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. Prior to beginning his law career, Jeff studied music and put his talents to use as a professional piano player and entertainer.
Times played Piano Man by request
Continents on which I’ve caught a fish
Holes in one (excluding mini-golf)
What do you enjoy most about the practice of law?
I love the problem-solving nature of the practice, as well as constantly learning new things. Every case has a new set of facts to learn, new twists on familiar legal arguments, and new people. Of course, litigation can be competitive, which is also fun!
What would you be doing if you did not choose law as a career?
I would probably live in the mountains and make smooth jazz albums.
How has your musical career helped you in the practice of law?
There’s nothing that can substitute for experience on stage – whether that’s performing for an audience or arguing a case to a judge or jury. Having that experience helps me keep calm and focused when it’s time to appear in court. The other thing is that you have to be ready to adapt or change course on the fly, both in court and in music, and I’ve found abundant preparation is the best way to be ready for anything.
- University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
- Regis University, B.S., summa cum laude
- Presented the Appellate Section’s Annual Case Law Update: Virginia Cases at the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Spring Sections Seminar 2020
- Worked as a litigator in all Virginia state courts and US District Court in the eastern and western districts of Virginia
- Tried dozens of General District Court cases to verdict, tried multiple Circuit Court trials to jury verdict as second-chair, and assisted with multi-day federal jury trial that settled just before giving the case to the jury
- Won dismissal of million-dollar premises lawsuit on a pre-discovery motion to dismiss
- As a research assistant for the Court of Appeals of Virginia, assisted in research and writing for an article on the “do’s and don’ts” of appellate advocacy in Virginia, published in the University of Richmond Law Review’s 2014 Annual Survey
- Treasurer, Henrico County Bar Association (2019-Present); Board Member (2017-Present)
- John Marshall Inn of Court (2018-Present)
- Richmond Bar Association (2015-Present)
- Virginia Bar Association (2015-Present)
- Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (2015-Present)
- Defense Research Institute (2015-Present)
- Named to Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” List (2021)
- Named a Super Lawyers Rising Star “Civil Litigation: Defense” (2020)
- Named a Virginia Business Legal Elite “Young Lawyer” (2019)
- Awarded Pro Bono Certificate by University of Richmond (2015)
- Order of the Coif (2015)
- CALI for 1st Amendment Law and Antitrust (2014)
- McNeil Honor Society (Inducted 2014)
- Author, The Statute Has No Clothes! How Contemporary Free Exercise Clause Cases Stand to Expose the
Failings of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Merits of the Smith Standard
- Co-Author with Laura D. Windsor, Another Hoop For Government Contractors: The Fair Pay and Safe
Workplaces Executive Order
- Research Assistant, University of Richmond Law Review: Appellate Law, authored by The Honorable Marla Graff Decker