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Christopher Miller

Expertise

  • Construction

  • Mechanics Liens

  • Manufacturing

  • Retail

  • Product Liability

  • Trucking & Transportation

  • Premises Liability

  • Insurance Defense

  • Insurance Coverage

  • Workers’ Compensation Defense

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Municipality/Governmental Liability

  • LinkedIn

Biography

Chris is an accomplished trial attorney licensed to practice in Illinois state and federal courts. Chris has significant experience defending traumatic brain injuries (TBI), wrongful death, burn injuries, cervical and lumbar spine injuries, and catastrophic personal and property damages due to fire and flooding. He focuses his practice on Construction litigation including Mechanics Liens, Commercial Litigation, Municipality/Governmental Liability, Premises/Product Liability, and Workers’ Compensation defense.

Prior to establishing Miller Berger LLC, Chris served as Managing Partner of the Chicago office of 150 + attorney law firm. However, Chris’ successes do not end in serving the needs of his clients. He is a published author, speaker, panelist, instructor, and contributor in numerous periodicals and bar association publications including the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago Bar Association, Institute for continuing Legal Education, UR Chicago, Chicago Tribune Red Eye, and the Associated Press. Additionally, Chris has presented seminars at the Chicago Bar Association, St Augustine College, and Columbia College.

In 2015 Chris was appointed and subsequently elected to the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association’s (HACIA) Board of Directors. He has presented at many HACIA Advanced Construction Training programs including the Breakfast for Success, Building Small Businesses program, and the HACIA U Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

From 2010 through 2012, Chris was added to the list of Illinois Rising Star, and from 2014 to the present, he has consecutively been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list (added to the top 100 list in 2016), a peer review designation published by Thomson Reuters.

Chris was also an on-air personality at The LOOP 97.9 Chicago, host of “Local 101” for 13 years on Q101, Assistant Music Director and host of Chris Payne’s House of Payne on WRCX Rock 103.5, where he was also Local Music Director and host of “Chicago Rock.” Chris was also a Grammy Committee Member for the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

  • Indiana (Temp.)

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

 

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois

    • J.D. - 2002

    • Dean's List

    • Trial Moot Court Competition

  • Loyola University Chicago

    • B.A. - 1999

 

Professional Associations

  • The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

  • Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA)

  • HACIA Past Boad Member

  • HACIA Scholarship Committee

  • City of Evanston Mayor’s Employer Advisory Council

  • Past member of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA)

  • Former member of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. (GACC)

 

Classes & Seminars

  • Traumatic Brain Injury: How to Spot a Faker

  • Workers’ Compensation 101

  • This is how it’s done in Illinois: Auto Claims 101

  • 10 Important Provisions for Construction Contracts

  • Construction Documents, Contracts & Change Orders

  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Illinois Conceal Carry Law and How it Affects Your Business

  • Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

  • How to Survive an OSHA Inspection

  • Adjuster Ethics 101

  • Construction Documentation: Contract and Change Orders

  • A Primer on Construction Law: Construction Contracts: The 1, 2, 3, Basics

  • Presentation on Arson Investigations

  • Presentation on Mechanics Liens

  • Shotgun Seminar, Chicago Bar Association/Young Lawyers

  • Gaining and Maintaining Artist Exposure, MOBfest

  • Local Performers on Local Radio, The Recording Academy, Chicago Chapter

  • Counsel Behind the Mic, Chicago Bar Association Lunch and Learn Program

  • Media and Exposure, MOBfest

  • Interviewer: Smashing Pumpkins, Rise Against, Chevelle, Joe Perry, 

  • Breaking the Bands: The Art of Giving Exposure to Up and Coming Artists

  • Seminar at IBS Midwest Regional High School and College Radio

  • Seminar at Columbia College Chicago

  • Seminar Marketing, Self-Promotions, and Touring, MOBfest

  • Co-presenter: Sound Advice, at the Music Garage

 

Published Works

  • Author, “Foreign Evidence in U.S. Product Liability Law,” For the Defense

  • Author, “Introduction to the Illinois Pattern Jury Instruction for “Construction Negligence,” ITLA

  • Author, “Jury Biases,” ITLA Past Presidents Seminar

  • Author, “Construction Negligence,” IICLE Chapter

  • “Supreme Court Rule 213,” ITLA – Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook

  • “Selecting Products Liability Expert,” ITLA Practice Handbook

  • “The Ones to Watch,” Chicago Tribune Red Eye

  • “After success with Grammy-nominated ‘Delilah,’ Plain White T’s try to conquer ‘Big Bad World’,” Chicago Tribune

  • “Making the Leap,” UR Chicago

  • “Chicago Playlist: Success of Local Acts Puts Chi-town on the Music Map,” Chicago Tribune Red Eye

 

Honors

  • Super Lawyer 2022

  • Elite Lawyer 2020-2022

  • Top 100: 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers in Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016

  • Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014 – 2022

  • Illinois Rising Stars list, 2010 – 2012

 

Media

  • Attorney at Law Magazine and CityBizList

  • Chicago Business Journal

  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

  • Chicago Tribune

Contact

chris@millerberger.com

(312) 698-4466

  • LinkedIn