Tim Miller is experienced in matters concerning attorneys’ and other professionals’ liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, partnership law, contract law and business torts. In 2013, Tim was named Novack and Macey’s General Counsel.
Representing attorneys and law firms in malpractice (or non-malpractice) situations makes up a large portion of Tim’s practice. Tim has represented law firms ranging from solo practitioners to large multi-national law firms. He has represented lawyers and law firms in matters alleging a wide range of malpractice in all types of forums, including trial and appellate courts, private arbitrations, and private mediations. In 2014, he was named to lead Novack and Macey’s Representation of Law Firms group.
The range of matters in which Tim has represented lawyers is very broad. Tim regularly represents lawyers and law firms accused of malpractice in connection with transactional and estate planning work. He has represented lawyers and law firms charged with negligence in their handling of litigation. Tim has defended lawyers from claims that they aided and abetted their clients’ wrongdoing, conspired with their clients to commit wrongful acts, tortuously interfered with contracts or business expectations, and/or committed fraud on behalf of their clients. Tim also has represented lawyers and law firms accused of charging excessive fees and lawyers and law firms trying to collect unpaid fees.
Tim is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and the Chicago Bar Association. He is ranked as a Preeminent Attorney, the highest Peer Review Rating of the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer rating service. Tim has been selected by his peers and an independent panel as an Illinois “Leading Lawyer” annually since since 2004. Leading Lawyers recognizes the top five percent of attorneys in the State. He has been chosen as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” annually for more than 10 years. In addition, Tim has been a member of the Editorial Board of Mealey’s D&O Liability Litigation Reports. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate at Sidley & Austin.
Tim attended Duke Law School where he graduated with high honors. He was managing editor of the Duke Law Journal, a member of the Order of the Coif and a member of the Moot Court Board.
Born in 1960 and raised in Michigan, Tim lives in Wilmette with his wife, Kimberly, and their three children.
- Alma College (B.A., 1982), (Summa Cum Laude), Phi Beta Kappa
- Duke University Law School (J.D., 1985), High Honors, Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Duke Law Journal
Speeches & Publications
- Author, "Careful What You Copy: Repurposing Briefs Can Prove Costly," (part 1 of 2) Chicago Lawyer, April 21, 2020
- Author, "Attribution Aggravation: " (part 2 of 2 ) Chicago Lawyer, May 13, 2020
- Faculty, “Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2019: Ethical Issues in Licensing,” Practising Law Institute Seminar, October 25, 2019, Chicago.
- Faculty, “Outsourcing 2019: Sourcing Critical Services, Ethics Issues in Negotiating Sourcing Deals,” Practising Law Institute Seminar, September 23-24, 2019, Chicago.
Co-author, "Cause of Action Before an Adverse Judgment," JD Supra, July 11, 2019
- Co-author, "Fifth District Holds Two-Year Statute of Limitations for Actions Against Lawyers is Not Just for Malpractice," JD Supra, June 28, 2019
- Co-author, "One Cause, One Count, One Judgment: Drafting and Judging a Complaint that Complies with 735 ILCS 5/2-603," JD Supra, June 14, 2019
- Co-author, "A Plaintiff’s Responsibilities: Keeping Appointments, Presenting Expert Testimony, and Providing Records," JD Supra, June 10, 2019
- Co-author, "Speculation in Determining Causation: First District Holds Testimony as to What a Witness Would Have Done Absent Attorney’s Alleged Malpractice is Admissible," JD Supra,
May 13, 2019
- Author, "Client Relationships: Illinois Case Split Over Attorney Consent," Chicago Lawyer,
April 1, 2019. View PDF.
- Faculty, "Lost Profits and Damages Calculation: A Comprehensive Guide in 2019," The Knowledge Congress, January 2019.
- Co-author, “Civil Practice: Trying the Case – 2019 Edition,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, December 2018.
- Faculty, “When Does Zealous Advocacy Cross the Line," Legal Ethics Conference of Law Bulletin Media, June 5, 2018, Chicago
- Co-author, "Beware: Illinois Federal Attorney-Client Privileges and Work Product Doctrines are Different," Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 105 #11, November 2017. View PDF.
- Faculty, “Outsourcing 2017: ITO, BPO, and Cloud,” Practising Law Institute Seminar, October 2-3, 2017, Chicago.
- Author, "A Website User's Assent to Arbitration Terms Is Required," American Bar Association Section of Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Points, July 20, 2016. View PDF
- Faculty, “Outsourcing 2015: Sourcing Critical Services, Ethics Issues in Negotiating Sourcing Deals,” Practising Law Institute Seminar, September, 28-29, 2015, Chicago.
- Co-Author, “Defining the Boundaries: Ethical Limits on Witness Preparation,” CBA Record, September 2015. View PDF.
- Author, “Ethical Issues in Outsourcing Negotiation,” Practising Law Institute, Intellectual Property Course Handbook Series, 2015.
- Co-Author, Chapter 8, “Recurring Ethical Issues When Representing Closely Held Entities,” Handbook on Disputes Involving Closely Held Companies, published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2015.
- Faculty, “Who Says I Have to Understand Technology? – The ABA’s New Duty of Technology Competence,” 2015 Legal Ethics Conference of Law Bulletin Publishing, June 16, 2015, Chicago.
- “Arbitration Panel Issues $10 Million Sanction Against Lance Armstrong,” Case Note on Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp. v. SCA Promotions, Inc., SCA Insurance Specialists, Inc., American Bar Association Section of Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution News & Developments, February 20, 2015. View PDF.
- “Proactive Client: Stop Legal Malpractice Before It Happens with These Tips,” Smart Business Chicago, September 2014. View PDF.
- Faculty, “Outsourcing 2014: Outsourcing Critical Services, Ethics Issues in Negotiating Sourcing Deals,” Practicing Law Institute Seminar, September 29-30, 2014, Chicago. View PDF.
- “Ownership and Control of Lawyers’ Files Relating to Representation,” CBA Record, November 2013. View PDF.
- “Ethical Conundrums in Negotiating Outsourcing Deals,” Practising Law Institute, Intellectual Property Course Handbook Series, 2013.
- “Should Derivative Legal Malpractice Be Allowed in Illinois?” Illinois Bar Journal, February 2013. View PDF.
- Co-author, “Smart Evidence: Commercial Litigation,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2012.
- Co-author, “Illinois Civil Practice: Trying the Case,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2012.
- Author, “Ethical Considerations in Negotiating Outsourcing,” Practising Law Institute, Intellectual Property Course Handbook Series, 2012.
- “Appeals from Judicial Criticism of Lawyers,” SideBar of the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association, Summer 2011. View PDF.
- Co-author, “Smart Evidence: Commercial Litigation,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2006.
- “Illinois Settlement Pitfalls,” CBA Record, May 2007. View PDF.
- “7th Circuit Gives Arbitrators Permission to Ignore the Law,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 28, 2001.
- Co-author, “Are Your Attorney-Client Retention Agreements Enforceable?” CBA Record, January 2001.
- “The Attorney’s Duty to Reveal a Client’s Intended Future Criminal Conduct,” 1984 Duke Law Journal 582.
- Co-author, “Appeals Court Warns a New Retainer Agreement Pitfall,” www.law.com.
- Timothy Miller Named on the Best Lawyers® 2021 "Best Lawyers in America" List for Legal Malpractice Defense
- Timothy Miller Named on Chicago Law Media's Leading Lawyers in Illinois List for 2020
- Timothy Miller Named on the 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers List
- Timothy Miller Named on the 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers List
- Illinois Super Lawyers Named Timothy Miller to its 2018 Top Attorneys in the State List
- 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers Named Timothy Miller to its Top Attorneys in the State List
- 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers Named Timothy Miller to its Top Attorneys in the State List
- Leading Lawyers Recognizes 9 Novack and Macey Attorneys as Leading Lawyers in 2016
- Tim Miller Tells Clients to Be Proactive in Stopping Legal Malpractice Before It Starts
- Timothy J. Miller Named General Counsel of Novack and Macey LLP
- Tim Miller Argues Against Derivative Legal Malpractice in the Illinois Bar Journal
- Tim Miller Discusses the Responsibilities and Risks of Serving on a Corporate Board of Directors in “Smart Business Chicago”
- IICLE Recognizes Novack and Macey Volunteers as “Exceptional Writers” of Civil-Litigation Materials
- Federal District Court Denies Motion to Reconsider Order Dismissing Defamation Claim Against Court-Appointed Receiver
- Tim Miller Cautions Business Executives Who Blog: “Don’t Let the Informality Fool You”
- Novack and Macey Attorneys Obtain Dismissal of Arbitration Proceeding
- Tim Miller Discusses “Appeals from Judicial Criticism of Lawyers” in FBA’s SideBar
- “Making a deal: What to do when considering and entering into a settlement agreement,” an Interview in the April 2011 issue of Smart Business Chicago magazine.
- Case Against Novack and Macey’s Client Dismissed
- Novack and Macey Wins Dismissal of Complaint Against Its Client
- Motion to Dismiss Complaint Against Novack and Macey’s Clients Granted
- Novack and Macey’s Client Dismissed From Mortgage Rescue Fraud Case
- Novack and Macey Successfully Defends Dismissal of Appeal
- Appellate Court Upholds Novack and Macey’s Successful Defense of Law Firm Accused of Malpractice
- In Case of First Impression, Court Upholds Novack and Macey’s Interpretation of Statute Regarding Security Interests
- Siegel, Campbell and Miller Obtain Over $18.9 Million in an Arbitration Award Against a Fund Manager