Our Approach

We work smart. This means we combine a disciplined understanding of insurance law with strategy and common sense. We know it’s not enough to “win” if the win takes too long and costs too much.

“Working smart” means finding the most efficient path to a positive outcome. Sometimes that means fostering a collaborative rapport to engage the insurance company in an informal dialogue; sometimes that means going the distance in litigation.

Each case requires its own analysis, but our dedicated and proactive approach is always the same. We work collaboratively with other lawyers who also represent our clients’ interests, and we recognize that resolution of any insurance dispute must dovetail with our clients’ business and financial objectives.

About Us

Emily Miller

Emily Miller

emily@millernies.com

Emily has spent her entire career helping clients recover insurance from insurance companies. She has successfully negotiated and argued many insurance coverage matters in and out of state and federal courts.

Emily has been named to the 2018 Oregon Super Lawyers list and 2013 through 2017 Oregon Rising Stars lists.

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Rachel Nies

Rachel Nies

rachel@millernies.com

Rachel has a long history with insurance coverage that gives her a unique perspective. Prior to forming Miller Nies LLC, she worked both sides of insurance cases and practiced as tripartite counsel.

Rachel is an accomplished business litigator and trial lawyer. She has successfully litigated insurance coverage disputes, including additional insured and general liability, and has taken numerous cases to trial.

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Recent and Upcoming Speaking Engagements

The Seminar Group, Insurance Law: A Comprehensive Review, “Caselaw and Regulatory Update” (October 25, 2018)

The Seminar Group, 23rd Annual Oregon Construction Law, “Misperceptions and Myths About Construction Insurance” (September 28, 2018)

Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, 2018 Annual Convention, “What Can I Say? Ethical Reporting on the Tripartite Relationship” (June 2018)

CPCU, The Institutes, Portland Chapter, Moderator, “Insurance Trends in Construction, Soup to Nuts” (November 2017)

Oregon State Bar Construction Law Section, Advanced Construction Law, “Insurance Coverage” (October 2017)

The Seminar Group, Insurance in the Construction Industry, “Stipulated Settlements and Consent Judgments” (October 2017)

The Seminar Group, Construction Contracts, Risk & Insurance, “Construction Defect Litigation” (June 2017)

University of Oregon, Women in Construction, “Building Your Network” (April 2017)

Firm Values

INTEGRITY

firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values

the quality or state of being complete or undivided

Integrity is personal. How we practice law reflects who we are as individuals. We put our integrity into practice through consummate professionalism, showing respect for ourselves through respect for others, and holding sacred our fiduciary and ethical duties as lawyers.

EMPOWERMENT

the act or action of empowering someone or something

We believe in the empowerment of every person, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship, or disability. We put this into daily practice, empowering our clients through advocacy against large, institutional insurance companies with vast resources.

COMMUNITY

a unified body of individuals

Community is foundational. We need it to thrive. We value the community we create at Miller Nies LLC, not only with each other but with others. Our community is one in which different perspectives are welcomed, heard and respected. Our different perspectives make us stronger and push us to innovate and problem-solve in creative ways.

INNOVATION

the introduction of something new; a new idea, method, or device

We at Miller Nies LLC are not afraid to evolve our way of thinking and working, to depart from the past when it makes us better. We “work smart.” We embrace new ideas, methods, systems and applications that help us do what we do well.