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Steven 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 is a partner in Reed Smith's Global Regulatory Enforcement Group, where he focuses on complex criminal law matters including internal investigations, grand jury investigations and trial practice on behalf of public companies, executives and professionals. Engagements have involved the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, international commercial bribery, trade secret theft, antitrust cartels, environmental crime, health care and government contracting fraud. Steve has repeatedly prevented indictment of clients, even with target status and when cases have had to be tried, the outcomes have been extraordinary.

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 the Director of the FBI. His repeated courtroom successes in the cross-examination of expert witnesses led to his becoming the principal lecturer to experienced DOJ prosecutors, 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)
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Received multiple DOJ national awards.

Professional Affiliations

  • Recently appointed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner as Commissioner of the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission, which is tasked with investigating and making findings on torture claims against Chicago police officers.