Berens & Miller, P.A.
3720 IDS Center 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 349-6171     Fax: (612) 349-6416
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Ms. Miller, recognized as a SuperLawyer, has long-maintained a general business litigation practice focusing in the business and employment law sectors. At Berens & Miller (formerly Kelly & Berens) she has further represented corporations in business matters advising and litigating such matters as antitrust, business torts, tort claims, contract negotiations, breach of contract claims, FCRA, FDCPA, trademark and patent disputes. Throughout her career, she has also represented individuals and corporations in the employment arena handling discrimination, termination/severance, contract negotiations, drug testing, health and safety, and wage/hour claims. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Miller also worked with over fifteen federal agencies regarding Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) issues as an investigator, counselor, mediator and final agency decision (FAD) writer for eight years.  As a former Division I college athlete and coach, she has a niche practice in representing NCAA Division I basketball, volleyball, hockey and football coaches in contract negotiations, NCAA hearings, and termination proceedings.

Ms. Miller’s free time is spent volunteering for a number of organizations, playing golf, tennis, running, reading, rescuing greyhounds and enjoying family and friends. As a former All Big Ten performer and college golf coach, she has played in quite a few state, national amateur and LPGA tournaments.

Ms. Miller is licensed to practice and has practiced law in the state and federal courts of California, Colorado, Minnesota and state courts of Missouri.  She is a certified mediator and has successfully mediated well over fifty matters.

Since becoming an attorney in 1993, Ms. Miller has volunteered and been appointed to numerous national and state bar association boards, committees and positions. Ms. Miller currently serves as a Director to the Board of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), Co-Chair of Labor & Employment Practice Area Committee (PAC), Chair of the National Development Committee, Chair of the Annual Meetings Committee, and served as the Chair for the 2013 NAMWOLF Annual Meeting and a two-year term as the editor of the newsletter. She led the Labor and Employment Section for the Minnesota State Bar Association's (MSBA) Unmarried Couples Task Force, served as an active member of the MSBA Diversity Committee, and chaired its successful 2012 CLE held at the MSBA's 9 Days in June Convention.  

Ms. Miller has presented/published on many CLE topics including employment law, the Affordable Care Act, social media implications for employers, social media and discovery, the EEO process for federal employees, coaching contracts and sports law.

 

Education:

  • B.S., University of Illinois, 1989
  • J.D., University of Illinois, 1993

Bar/Court Admissions:

  • Minnesota, 2007
  • California, 1998
  • Colorado, 1993 
  • U.S. District Court of Wisconsin, Western District, 2009
  • U.S. District Court of Minnesota, 2007
  • U.S. District Court of California, Southern District, 1999
  • U.S. District Court of Colorado, 2011

Employment History:

  • Berens & Miller, PA, January 2011 - present
  • Kelly & Berens, PA, January 2007 - January 2010 
  • Law Office of Justi Rae Miller, December 1998 - January 2007
  • Delany Siegel, Zorn & Associates, Contract Attorney, June 1999 - January 2007
  • University of Colorado, Head Women's Golf Coach, March 1994 - July 1997
  • Law Firm of J.K. Marshall, Associate, November 1993 - February 1994
  • Reno, Zahm, Folgate, Lindberg & Powell, Summer Associate, May - August 1992
  • Thomas, Mamer & Haughey, Law Clerk, May - August 1991
  • University of Illinois, Assistant Golf Coach, August 1991 - May 1993
  • University of Illinois, Academic Graduate Advisor, September 1991 - May 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  •  National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, 2009 - present
    • Director, January 2013 - present
    • Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Committee, September 2013 - present
    • Chair, National Development Committee, December 2013 - present
    • Chair, Annual Meetings Committee, February 2013 - present
    • Chair, 2013 Annual Meeting, Minneapolis
    • Co-Chair, CLE Committee, 2012 Annual Meeting, Atlanta
    • Editor, Newsletter, January 2010 - December 2012.
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Diversity Committee, 2009 - 2013
    • Labor and Employment Section Lead, Unmarried Couples Task Force, 2009
  • American Inns of Court (Douglas K. Amdahl, Minneapolis, CA), 2008 - 2011
  • American Inns of Court (Earl Warren, Oakland, CA) 2003 - 2004
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego, 1998 - 2007
    • Director, February 1999 - July 2002
    • Website Committee Chair & Webmaster, June 2000 - June 2006
    • Golf Committee Member, January 2000 - January 2001
    • Annual Dinner Committee Member, January - May 2001
  • East County Chapter of Lawyers Club, February 1999 - July 2002
    • President, July 2001 - July 2002
    • Paralegal Scholarship Chair, March 1999 - July 2001
  • San Diego County Bar Association, February 1999 - July 2002
    • Law Week Committee Chair, November 1999 - November 2001
    • Co-Chair for Free Law Day, November 1999 - May 2000
  • Thomas Homan Law Society, June 1999 - April 2002
    • Newsletter Editor, March 2000 - April 2002

Other Associations and Memberships:

  • Greyhound Adoption Center, San Diego, July 1998 - July 2004
    • Placement representative, weekly volunteer, trainer, July 1998 - July 2004
    • Medical Coordinator, January - June 1999 & February - June 2002
  • University of Minnesota Raptor Center Volunteer, August 2006 - April 2007
  • Pacific Women's Sports Foundation, June 1998 - July 2002
    • Team Fund/Individual Scholarship Chair, September 1998 - July 2002
  • GIGL/Breast Cancer Fund Tournament, Committee Member, 1998
  • Norwest/Colorado Open, Committee Member, 1994 - 1997

Certification:

  • Mediation Certificate, San Diego Mediation Center, 2001
  • EEO MD-110 Training, 1999 - 2007
 

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