David L. Miller
David Miller was born in Gardena, CA. He attended schools in Los Angeles
and Orange counties. In 1977, he enlisted in the U.S. Army to begin a
law enforcement career. He was stationed in Europe during the Cold War.
He served as a Military Policeman until his discharge in 1981. During
his military service, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Good
Conduct Medal, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Department
of Defense Cold War Certificate, Expert Medal (Rifle), Expert Medal (Pistol),
and Expert Medal (Grenade).
When he returned to Orange County, CA, he was hired as a civilian police
officer. During his law enforcement career, his assignments included patrol
officer, motorcycle traffic officer, undercover detective, field training
officer, DARE instructor, recruiting/personnel officer, background investigator,
internal affairs investigator, and finally as a Sergeant and watch commander.
Mr. Miller was awarded the Medal of Bravery for his role in an officer-involved
shooting incident involving an armed gang member.
In the early 1990’s, Mr. Miller was involved in a high-speed vehicle
pursuit of a felony suspect. This pursuit passed through several communities
in Orange and Los Angeles counties. The pursuit ended when the suspect
collided with several innocent motorists. This resulted in the deaths
of 3 people in 3 different vehicles. Officer Miller and his backup officers
were sued for millions of dollars. The allegations were that Officer Miller
was negligent in the performance of his duties which resulted in the wrongful
death. It was during this two-week trial that Mr. Miller decided to attend
law school and become a licensed attorney. This decision was further reinforced
when the jury concluded he performed his duties properly and professionally
under extremely difficult and dangerous conditions.
In 1992, Mr. Miller applied for a Law Enforcement Scholarship that was
being offered by Western State University College of Law in Fullerton,
CA. Mr. Miller was awarded the scholarship after a review of his training,
education and experience by a selection committee consisting of law professors,
judges and police executives.
Mr. Miller attended his law school classes while employed as a full-time
peace officer in his off-duty hours. He earned his Bachelor of Science
(BSL) in Laws in 1993 and his Juris Doctor (JD) degree in 1996. While
attending law school, the Los Angeles and New York Times featured Mr.
Miller in their newspapers in articles highlighting the trend of peace
officers attending law school. He also enjoyed some national notoriety
after being featured on the primetime FOX television program “COPS.”
Mr. Miller graduated from Western State University College of Law in 1996
and was admitted to practice law in the State of California that same
year. Mr. Miller was also admitted to U.S. District Court, Central District
Mr. Miller soon became the attorney of choice for federal, state and local
peace officers who face the all-too-common occupational hazard of divorce
that comes with such a demanding and stressful profession.
Mr. Miller’s cases have allowed him the rare opportunity to practice
in the Family Law Divisions of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside,
San Bernardino and Kern counties.
Mr. Miller has developed a solid reputation for being able to negotiate
when it benefits his clients and to aggressively advocate for his clients
in a trial setting if negotiations are unsuccessful. Mr. Miller has over
31 years of experience in conducting interviews and interrogations (i.e.,
cross-examination, oral depositions, etc . . .). He knows how to find
the evidence and use it to support a client’s case.
Mr. Miller assists the courts and litigants as a volunteer settlement officer
in the civil and family law departments of the Superior Court. He also
volunteers his time by providing legal advice and in some cases, pro bono
representation to victims of domestic violence who are unable to afford
a private attorney. Mr. Miller is also trained and qualified for appointment
as “minor’s counsel” under Family Code §3150.
- Juris Doctor, Western State University School of Law
- Bachelor of Science (Law), Western State University School of Law
- Honors: Law Enforcement Scholarship, Western State University, College of Law
- California, 1996
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1998
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Member, California Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Member, Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section