The American Lawyer

Just months off of a year-plus-long deployment centered on helping California fight COVID-19 and wildfires, National Guard Colonel Jesse Miller is gearing up for an in-person trial.

You can’t blame Reed Smith partner Jesse Miller for getting thirsty for a Monster Energy drink at 11:30 a.m. on a workday.

Colonel Miller, as folks in the military refer to him, recently spent more than a year deployed as the deputy commander of Joint Task Force Domestic Support, a combined Army and Air National Guard effort that supported California’s fight against COVID-19 and the wildfires throughout the state. He went on to oversee the military’s support for some of the first mass vaccination sites in the country in Oakland and Los Angeles.

Now that he’s back to (mostly) civilian life, Miller is gearing up to represent Greyhound Lines at a trial set to push off in person later this month in Spokane, Washington. The case brought by the state’s attorney general accuses the company of violating state consumer protection and discrimination laws by allowing federal immigration officials to conduct warrantless searches of its buses.

Last week, before reaching for that energy drink, Miller told me it’s been “awesome to jump back in feet first to my practice to a number of really interesting cases.”

Civilian life overall? 

That’s been a little more complicated.

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