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Michael Miller

Michael Miller

Supervising Attorney

mmiller@semradlaw.com

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Direct: 312-256-8728
Fax: 312-284-4902

20 S. Clark Street, 28th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Mr. Miller joined The Semrad Law Firm in 2004. In addition to supervising attorneys, Mr. Miller also advises and represents debtors in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy cases. Mr. Miller also formed and manages the firm’s pro bono bankruptcy appellate practice. Mr. Miller co-chaired a case in the United States Supreme Court. See City of Chicago v. Fulton, 141 S. Ct. 585 (2021). Mr. Miller has also argued three times in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In one of the cases, Mr. Miller successfully affirmed a ruling that allows debtors to discharge overpayment of benefits debts with state agencies. See Dennis v. Illinois Department of Human Services, 927 F.3d 1015 (7th Cir. 2019). Mr. Miller is also an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois Chicago Law School where he teaches appellate legal writing.

Mr. Miller graduated with Honors from Roosevelt University with a B.S. in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Management, in 2001.

Mr. Miller then went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago Law School in 2005. While in law school, Mr. Miller was an extern with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office. In addition, Mr. Miller also was an extern at the Greater Southwest Development Predatory Lending Clinic, helping consumers fight predatory lending practices.

Mr. Miller is the current Seventh Circuit Leader for National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys in which he provides meaningful, insightful, and timely coverage of bankruptcy decisions impacting consumer attorneys and debtors within the purview of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana). He keeps the membership apprised of developments and trends within the 7th Circuit and their impact on contemporary jurisprudence. He also serves as an advisory board member for the American Bankruptcy Institute Honorable Eugene R. Wedoff Seventh Circuit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference. Mr. Miller was also appointed by the American Bankruptcy Institute to the Advisory Committee for its groundbreaking 2021 Consumer Bankruptcy Extravaganza. Mr. Miller was the co-chair of the Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee for the Northern District of Illinois for the 2019-2020 term.

Mr. Miller is also a member and volunteer in the Chicago CARE program, which provides educational seminars to students about the responsible use of credit. Mr. Miller was born and raised in Illinois. In his spare time, he plays competitive tennis, and has previously been ranked the #1 U.S.T.A. Singles player in Chicago three different years.

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Mr. Miller successfully defended an adversary from a creditor resulting in dismissal, and prevailed under § 523(d) to recover an award of $7,850.00 in attorney fees. See In re Merced, No. 20-AP-00262 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. Feb. 5, 2021), ECF No. 75 (Barnes, J.). Mr. Miller also successfully defended a debtor's $100,000 surplus from a third party locator service who attempted to take $25,000 as a finder fee. See In re Scott, No. 10-43795, (Bankr. N.D. Ill. Sept. 13, 2021), ECF No. 62 (Goldgar, J.). Mr. Miller successfully obtained the return of a vehicle and the court ruled the debtor provided adequate protection and the vehicle was consequential to the estate. In re Corder, No. 21-10189 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. Sept 15, 2021), ECF No. 37 (Cleary, J.).