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Steven A. Miller

Steven A. Miller



  • Washington University School of Law, 1979, J.D., Member, Washington University Law Quarterly
  • Washington University in St. Louis, 1975, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit

Steve has vast experience in complex criminal law matters, including internal investigations, grand jury investigations and trial practice. Clients include public companies, executives and professionals. Engagements have involved the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, tax fraud, international commercial bribery, trade secret theft, antitrust cartels, environmental crime, health care, and government contracting fraud. Steve has repeatedly prevented indictment of clients, even those with target status. When cases have had to be tried, the outcomes have been extraordinary, including full acquittals. On behalf of public company clients, he has resolved extremely difficult criminal matters without any criminal charges or follow-on enforcement actions.

Before entering private practice, Steve was a 17-year veteran of the United States Attorney's Office in Chicago, where he served as chief of the Special Prosecutions Division and chief of the Banking and Financial Institutions Fraud Unit. He received national awards from the Department of Justice and personal commendations from both the attorney general of the United States and director of the FBI. He has been peer-reviewed as one of Chicago's white collar Super Lawyers, is Chambers-rated, and has been profiled in Vanity Fair magazine.

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
  • 1996 - Sachnoff & Weaver (combined with Reed Smith in 2007)
  • 1979 - Assistant United States Attorney, N.D. Illinois (1979 - 1996)
  • Former Chief, Special Prosecutions Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago
  • Former Chief, Banking and Financial Institutions Fraud Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago

Honors & Awards

  • Has been selected as one of Chicago's AV Preeminent-Top Rated Lawyers® from Martindale-Hubbell, representing the highest rating from his peers on his legal ability and professional ethics.  
  • Vanity Fair magazine profiled him as a "Cook County courthouse legend."
  • The London Daily Telegraph has called him the "Hercule Poirot of the computer age."
  • The Chicago Sun-Times compared his cross-examination of an expert witness to the best of Perry Mason.
  • Has received multiple DOJ national awards.

Civil Rights, Pro Bono & Public Engagements

  • As an assistant U.S. Attorney and member of the Civil Rights Enforcement Unit, filed two lawsuits under the 1964 Civil Rights Act Public Accommodation section against a business requiring multiple photo identification cards for African-Americans as a condition to admission to their establishments. These were filed during an era where virtually no cases were brought under the Public Accommodation section.
  • Prosecuted several federal criminal civil rights cases against police officers charged with excessive use of force.
  • Appointed by Republican Illinois Governor as Commissioner of the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission, which is tasked with investigating and making findings regarding torture claims by Chicago police officers (pro bono).
  • Appointed by Democratic Illinois House Majority Leader as special counsel to a Committee of the Illinois House of Representatives Investigating Misuse of Supplemental Funding For Children in Poverty (pro bono).
  • Representing an inmate on death row in Alabama in post-conviction proceedings (pro bono).