Stephen M. Miller chairs Morris James’ Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Group, a practice group whose attorneys are praised by clients as “giv[ing] exceptional representation and results." Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Steve has more than 29 years of experience helping businesses achieve their goals in matters involving bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and business transactions.
In bankruptcy matters, Steve represents purchasers of assets, trustees, debtors, creditors’ committees, and secured and unsecured creditors, including landlords, equipment lessors, financial institutions (including DIP, pre-petition, issuers of letters of credit, lenders and insurance premium finance companies), intellectual property licensors, franchisees, indenture and owner trustees, and vendors, in large, complex Chapter 11 reorganizations. He also represents parties in adversary proceedings, including defendants in preference and fraudulent transfer actions. Outside of bankruptcy, Steve assists creditors in enforcing their rights against debtors, including through foreclosure, replevin, garnishment, execution, and levy.
In his transactional practice, Steve handles financing, franchising, and the use of Delaware business entities, including limited liability companies and limited partnerships. He serves as Delaware counsel in domestic and international business transactions, including aircraft financing and real estate. His practice includes rendering third-party legal opinions as to matters of Delaware state law and United States federal law.
Steve’s practice also includes acting as a mediator for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Acting as a mediator, Steve uses his broad business and legal experience and knowledge to assist the parties in attempting to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution.
Steve is praised by his clients as being a "superior strategist", Chambers USA 2017; "extremely knowledgeable and strategic in his actions" Chambers USA 2013; and for his "dedication, determination, attention to detail, responsiveness, and broad business and legal knowledge" Chambers USA 2012; his "deep, substantive knowledge of the law" Chambers USA 2011; and for his "smart, diligent and solid approach" Chambers USA 2008. His clients appreciate his “extensive knowledge, dedication and approachability,” and the fact that he is “able to listen and work in our best interests” Chambers USA 2007. Clients recommend Steve for being “firm and helpful in finding solutions” and in always calculating his advice in terms of “what makes sense from a financial point of view” Chambers USA 2006.
Delaware State Bar Association, Bankruptcy, Commercial, Corporate and Real and Personal Property Law Sections
Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, Master of the Bench
American Bar Association, Business Law Section
American Bankruptcy Institute
Federal Bar Association
Samson Resources Corporation; Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc.; Mineral Park, Inc.; VeraSun Energy Corporation; SemCrude, LP; Commissary Operations, Inc.
Creditors’ Committee Counsel
TLC Vision (USA) Corporation; MAXjet Airways, Inc.
Insurance Premium Finance Company's Counsel
Marsh Supermarkets Holdings, LLC; Rock Creek Pharmacuticals, Inc.; Limited Stores Company, LLC; Quantum Foods, LLC; WP Steel Ventures, LLC; 38 Studios, LLC; ALC Holdings LLC; Viashow, Inc.; GunnAllen Financial, Inc.; Dan River Holdings LLC; Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation; Flying J Inc.; HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation; Premium Papers Holdco, LLC; Synova Healthcare, Inc.; InPhonic, Inc.; Medifacts International, Inc.; InSight Health Services Holdings Corp.
Prepetition and/or Postpetition DIP Lender’s Counsel
La Paloma Generating Company; Evergreen International Aviation, Inc.; ProtoStar Ltd.; Qimonda Richmond, LLC; NWL Holdings, Inc.; Motor Coach Industries International, Inc.; Jevic Holding Corp.; Friedman’s, Inc.
Wickes Holdings, LLC; Hancock Fabrics, Inc., Crafts Retail Holding Corp.
Indenture Trustee's Counsel
Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Company LLC; Nortel Networks, Inc.; Washington Mutual, Inc.; Atlas Air, Inc.
Owner Trustee's Counsel
Northwest Airlines Corporation
World Health Alternatives, Inc.
Indianapolis Downs, LLC; Easy Gardener Products, Ltd.; American Remanufacturers, Inc.
Intellectual Property Licensor/Licensee
Charparral Energy, Inc.; Emerald Oil, Inc.; Halcon Resources Coporation; Magnum Hunter Resources Corp.; Bonanza Creek Cherry, Inc.; Swift Energy Company; Maxus Energy Corporation; Penn Virginia Corporation; Samson Resources Corporation; Bionol Clearfield, LLC
News & Media Mentions
- August 16, 2017
- May 26, 2017Chambers USA
- August 16, 2016Best Lawyers®
- May 27, 2016Chambers USA
- August 18, 2015
- Stephen M. Miller to Speak at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 11th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop on August 7thAugust 7th, 2015
- May 19, 2015
- May 23, 2014
- August 15, 2013Best Lawyers® 2014
- May 29, 2013Chambers USA
- August 30, 2012
- June 4, 2012
- June 16, 2010
- June 10, 2009
Articles & Publications
- July 1, 2009State Limited Liability Company & Partnership Laws, Aspen Law & Business
Steve is praised by his clients for his "dedication, determination, attention to detail, responsiveness, and broad business and legal knowledge." - Chambers USA.
Mediation Panel, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
Best Lawyers®, 2013-2018
Chambers USA, Recognized for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2004, 2006-2017
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating
Delaware Today®, Identified as one of Delaware’s Top Lawyers in Business Bankruptcy, 2002, and one of the Top 75 “Power Attorneys,” 2004
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware
United States District Court, District of Delaware
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
The George Washington University Law School, J.D., With Honors, 1987
University of Delaware, B.S., 1982