Steve Miller is a partner in the Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Group at Morris James. He previously served as chair of the group for 20 years. Steve has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in high-value bankruptcy, creditors' rights, business, and transactional matters. He is widely recognized by his clients and peers as a leading lawyer in the field of bankruptcy and restructuring.
In bankruptcy matters, Steve represents purchasers of assets, trustees, debtors, creditors’ committees, and secured and unsecured creditors, including landlords, equipment lessors, financial institutions (including pre-petition leaders, issuers of letters of credit, DIP 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. 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.
Chambers USA 2021 describes Stephen Miller as a practitioner who “attracts a broad client base with his restructuring practice, advising parties such as debtors, creditors and stalking horse bidders” and further includes client comments: "He is an excellent bankruptcy attorney with thorough knowledge of the law and local practices." "I couldn't be more impressed with Stephen's diligence, responsiveness and expertise. He has become an integral part of my trial team, helping to craft strategy and weigh in on every aspect of a case. In other editions of Chambers USA, Steve’s clients have similarly described his expertise: “superior strategist” (2017); “extremely knowledgeable and strategic in his actions” (2013); “[his] dedication, determination, attention to detail, responsiveness, and broad business and legal knowledge” (2012); “deep, substantive knowledge of the law” (2011); “[his] smart, diligent and solid approach” (2008); “[his] extensive knowledge, dedication and approachability” and “[he is] able to listen and work in our best interests” (2007); and his ability to be “firm and helpful in finding solutions” and providing advice in terms of “what makes sense from a financial point of view” (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
Fresh & Easy, LLC; AWI Delaware, Inc.; Samson Resources Corporation; Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc.; Mineral Park, Inc.; VeraSun Energy Corporation; SemCrude, LP; Commissary Operations, Inc.
Creditors’ Committee's Counsel
TLC Vision (USA) Corporation; MAXjet Airways, Inc.
Insurance Premium Finance Company's Counsel
Marsh Supermarkets Holdings, LLC; Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Limited Stores Company, LLC; Quantum Foods, LLC; WP Steel Venture, 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
Punch Bowl Social (PBS BrandCo LLC); World Health Alternatives, Inc.
Rentech WP U.S., Inc.; ZLOOP, Inc.; Indianapolis Downs, LLC; Easy Gardener Products, Ltd.; American Remanufacturers, Inc.
Intellectual Property Licensor/Licensee’s Counsel
Venoco, Inc.; Chaparral Energy, Inc.; Emerald Oil, Inc.; Halcon Resources Corporation; Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation; Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc.; Swift Energy Company; Maxus Energy Corporation; Penn Virginia Corporation; Samson Resources Corporation; Bionol Clearfield, LLC
News & Events
News & Events
- May 25, 2021Chambers USA
- February 19, 2021
- August 21, 2020
- April 24, 2020Chambers USA
- November 1, 2019
- October 22, 2019Delaware Today Magazine
- April 26, 2019Chambers USA
- August 15, 2018
- Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Recognizes 14 Morris James Lawyers and Issues 5 Firm Practice Rankings in the 2018 EditionMay 7, 2018Chambers USA, 2018 Edition
- August 15, 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
- August 18, 2014
- May 23, 2014
- August 15, 2013Best Lawyers® 2014
- May 29, 2013Chambers USA
- August 30, 2012
- June 4, 2012
- June 16, 2010
- June 10, 2009
Best Lawyers, 2013-2021
Chambers USA, Recognized for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2004, 2006-2021
Delaware Today Top Lawyers - 2002, 2019-2020 (Business Bankruptcy)
Top 75 “Power Attorneys,” 2004
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating
Mediation Panel, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware
U.S. District Court, District of Delaware
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
The George Washington University Law School, JD, with Honors, 1987
University of Delaware, BS, Accounting, 1982