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After attending Dartmouth College as an undergraduate and Cornell Law School, Jeff Miller was admitted to practice law in California in 1979. He has practiced in his own firm in Palo Alto since the mid-1980’s after working at a mid-size firm as a corporate and business attorney. His primary area of practice has been in business law representing clients in the formation and operation of small- and medium-sized businesses (whether proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, professional corporations, limited liability partnerships) and assisting them in a broad range of business transactions and matters. Jeff and his staff provide a full-range of business services running the gamut including everything from planning and forming the business, through operating and managing it, until it is either acquired, merged, sold, or dissolved including the innumerable aspects and transactions involved in each phase.

Because of his longtime experience in the Bay Area, Jeff has developed an extensive network of attorneys who specialize in virtually every area of law as well as other professionals such as such as accountants, tax experts, appraisers, brokers, mediators, arbitrators, and retired judges with whom he consults regularly so that his clients get the same kind of service offered by much bigger firms but at a substantially lower price.

Jeff also handles a variety of employment matters, both advising employers about routine employment-related matters and assisting employees in understanding their rights and, when necessary, arranging severance and separation arrangements as they transition to other employment. Through his extensive business experience, Jeff has also been involved in a range of real estate matters including counseling clients in commercial lease negotiations, drafting and reviewing leases, counseling clients in the purchase of commercial real property, and assisting clients in the range of issues they face as they manage commercial real property holdings.

Since the mid-1980’s, Jeff has been at the forefront of the alternative dispute resolution field. Trained as a mediator in 1985 before the fields of mediation and arbitration were widely known or used, Jeff has acted as a mediator, arbitrator, neutral evaluator for hundreds of clients and litigation attorneys who call on his services. He has acted not only as a private provider but also as an approved provider for the American Arbitration Association, the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He also serves regularly as a judicial arbitrator for the Santa Clara County Superior Court and as a fee arbitrator for the Santa Clara County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee.