Tanya Miller is comfortable in the spotlight, whether engaging the judge and jury in the courtroom, appearing as a legal analyst and commentator on broadcast media, or leading high-profile cases that have earned national attention for her strategies and successes.
She is also a passionate advocate for each and every one of her clients, standing strong to give voice to the injured, the wrongfully accused, and those vulnerable to the vagaries of the criminal justice system. With thousands of hours spent face-to-face with witnesses and head-to-head with opposing counsel, Miller is Exhibit A for the value of extensive courtroom experience.
Aggressive yet diplomatic, Miller has mastered the nuance that builds confidence and projects authority. Her investigative skills and commanding courtroom presence – honed during her years as a tenacious lead and supervising criminal prosecutor and in her private practice as a fierce defense attorney – give her the ability to make a compelling case for the benefit of her clients, regardless of their wealth or social standing.
Miller has a soft spot for the children, victims and underdogs, and she is relentless in her determination to set things right:
As a prosecutor, she successfully prosecuted the deadly Easter Sunday hit-and-run case in which a young woman caused a chain-reaction crash on Camp Creek Parkway that killed five people, including a newborn and two young children, left the scene of the accident, and, with the help of her mother, tampered with evidence in an attempt to avoid arrest. Both mother and daughter were convicted and sentenced to prison.
As defense attorney, Miller was able to overcome the prejudicial effects of her client’s reputation as both a Russian mobster and FBI informant with an extensive criminal history to prove that he was wrongfully accused and charged with murder. Through dogged pursuit of a masterful criminal motions strategy, she identified improprieties in the arrest, charges, evidence, and the state’s case that were blatant violations of the accused’s constitutional rights. She successfully argued the case before the Georgia Supreme Court and won dismissal of charges.
She defended a 14-year-old boy who not only was wrongly implicated and arrested but also improperly charged as an adult in a double-homicide case that generated widespread media attention and significant public outrage. Recognizing the child as a victim of officials’ rush to judgment and inadequate investigation, Miller assembled a legal team to reexamine the details and prove his innocence. In dismissing the charges, the presiding judge declared in open court that Miller’s painstaking pursuit of exoneration for her innocent client “renewed my faith in the system.”
On behalf of the family of a crime victim murdered in cold blood on the grounds of an apartment complex long known for criminal gang activity, Miller brought suit against the property owner for negligent security and failure to protect its tenants, including minor children and minority residents. Her advocacy resulted in a significant out-of-court settlement that recognized the value of the victim’s life.
In a similar case, Miller represented a crime victim who was gravely wounded during a botched robbery attempt at a motel where he was a guest. Arguing that the motel owners were aware the property was unsafe but did nothing to warn unsuspecting guests about known criminal activity, Miller fought for and obtained a confidential settlement for her injured client.
Miller values the strength that can result from coalition, and she builds personal and professional alliances across the justice system not only for the benefit of her clients but also for the betterment of the justice system overall. Her affiliations include:
- Inducted by peer review into Georgia SuperLawyers
- Member of the Dean’s Cabinet for Diversity and Inclusion at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2020
- 2021 Inductee into the Society of Benchers (Hall of Fame) at Case Western Reserve School of Law
- Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
- Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Gate City Bar Association
- Case Western Reserve University School of Law
- Juris Doctor (J.D.)
- Case Western Review Law Review, Notes Editor
- International Academy of Trial Lawyers/Owen L. Heggs Scholar
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award®, given to the highest scoring student in trial tactics and pretrial practice
- John Wragg Kellogg Prize for academic achievement
- National Black Law Students Association, executive director
- Case Western Reserve University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Sociology/Philosophy