Christopher Miller

Christopher Miller (he/him) joined the Ann Arbor office of Kanji & Katzen in 2021 as a Senior Associate.  He can be contacted at**

Education:  Christopher graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2005.  He received his J.D. in 2012 from Yale Law School, where he served on the Yale Journal of International Law, the Capital Punishment Clinic, and the Green Haven Prison Project.

Areas of Concentration:  Christopher focuses on litigation advancing tribal sovereignty, with a particular focus on the protection of environmental resources and traditional lifeways.  He currently represents a tribal nation client advancing its resources protection mandate through litigation to eject the operator of an industrial hazard from culturally and ecologically sensitive reservation wetlands.  He counsels clients applying their delegated regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act and their inherent regulatory authority under tribal resource protection ordinances.  In publicly scrutinized First Amendment litigation, he has represented an indigenous activist pilloried and threatened by fringe media after his prayer in public spaces became a subject of political controversy.

Prior experience:  Before joining Kanji & Katzen, Christopher was a senior associate at a national law firm where he represented clients across a broad range of industries—including real estate, financial services, and health care—in high-stakes commercial litigation and government investigations.  In his litigation practice, he managed discovery in wide-ranging commercial, multi-party, and class-action suits.  He helped clients employ new technologies to streamline fact development, and he leveraged the work of forensic accountants and data analysts to distill complicated data into persuasive narratives for judges and juries.  In his investigations practice, he helped clients navigate overlapping regulatory regimes, advising on disclosure requirements and realistically assessing litigation risks.  His clients relied on him and the teams he managed to identify and resolve systemic compliance concerns both internally and in partnership with federal regulators.

From 2014 to 2015, Christopher served as a pro bono legal specialist in the Morocco office of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative as a member of an international team of experts conducting an assessment of Morocco’s Judicial Training Institute aimed at identifying reform opportunities to improve judicial training in Morocco.

In law school, Christopher interned at the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Northern District of Illinois and the District of Connecticut.

Interests:  Outside of his litigation practice, Christopher is passionate about issues of ownership and access to cultural property held in museums.  He has written on museum access and inclusivity, conflicts of interest in museums, the duties of museum trustees, and the nexus between museums and the art market for the leading art law text, Law, Ethics, and the Visual Arts.  More recently, for the Smithsonian Institution’s Legal Issues in Museum Administration, he has written on financial and public-relations strategies for museums presented with problematic gifts.  Christopher is also an avid trail runner.  He and his wife enjoy hiking, camping, and exposing their new son to nature.

Bar Memberships:  

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California


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