Richard A. Miller
In 1966 Rich received his law degree from the University of Minnesota. The Vietnam War was raging. President Kennedy had recently been assassinated, and the Nation was coming to grips with its responsibilities under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. These tumultuous times forged Rich's desire and commitment to give breath to the "Inalienable rights" of all persons as described in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed to all persons under our Constitution. His passion continues unabated.
Rich began his career under the tutelage of Samuel I. Sigal, one of Minnesota's longest serving civil rights and labor lawyers. Rich sharpened his legal skills by engaging in the general practice of law - real estate; personal injury; criminal; banking; corporate; workers compensation; divorce; adoption; child custody and insurance law. For more than 30 years, however, Rich focused principally on civil rights and labor law, representing labor organizations and individuals deprived of their civil rights.
During his long career, Rich successfully tried many cases in state and federal courts. However, he is most proud of the successful results he obtained through negotiation and mediation. Judges and Juries issue orders and verdicts which select winners and losers. Through negotiation and mediation the parties are in charge of the resolution of disputes, thus avoiding the "winner/loser" outcome of trials. The parties to negotiations and mediations are responsible for the results obtained, and most able to reasonably live up to their obligations.
Rich is especially proud of his leadership role in the development of enforceable and successful no strike, no lockout agreements in the construction industry in the State of Minnesota. Rich created and negotiated many no strike, no lockout agreements including those used for the construction of the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in 1980 and the Mall of America in 1989. Rich is also proud of his leadership role in the negotiations between interested parties resulting in the passage of Best Value Contracting Legislation in Minnesota in 2007.
In addition to his trial experience before state and federal courts, Rich has successfully represented clients in matters before state and federal agencies such as the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services; the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission.
Rich is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and is a Past President of that Section. Rich is a co-recipient of the first annual Leonard Lindquist Distinguished Service Award issued by the Labor and Employment Law Section to lawyers who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating excellence, integrity and longevity in their field.
Rich is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. He is also a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section and the Dispute Resolution Sections of the American Bar Association.
Rich is a Certified Mediator and Arbitrator under the Minnesota State Court System ADR Rule 114.