Laurie K. Miller

Phone: (304) 340-1213 | Fax: (304) 340-1051 | Email:
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202

Laurie K. Miller is a Member in the Firm's Health Care and Finance Practice Group. She is experienced in medical professional liability defense, long-term care litigation, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, products liability and various types of commercial litigation. She has also devoted a substantial portion of her practice to mass litigation, multi-district litigation and class actions.

Ms. Miller is very active with DRI. She is currently serving on DRI's prestigious Law Institute, as well as serving as program co-chair for Beyond the Borders: Emerging Issues in Business Litigation, which will be presented June 4-5, 2015 in Ontario, Canada, by DRI's Commercial Litigation and International Committees. Ms. Miller also serves on the Steering Committee for DRI's Women in the Law Committee and is a member of the DRI Medical Liability, Products Liability and Drug and Medical Device Committees.

In addition to her writing and legal work, Ms. Miller is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House of Southern West Virginia and is serving on the Board of Governors for the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia. 

Legal Experience
2011 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
2008 - 2011Ellis & Winters LLP
2001 - 2008Jackson Kelly PLLC
1999 - 2001Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling
1997 - 1999Miller, Finney, McKeown & Baker
2001J.D.University of Dayton (cum laude)
1998B.A. Wright State University (magna cum laude) (Political Science and Sociology)
Bar Admissions
2007North Carolina
2001West Virginia
Court Admissions
2008U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
2008U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
2008Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
2008U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
2007 Supreme Court of the United States
2002U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
2001U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

Professional Involvement:
  • Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional (CMSP)
  • National Association of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP), Member, 2014
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), 2002-present
    • Law Institute, 2015-present
    • Membership Committee, appointed 2013-2014
    • Annual Meeting Steering Committee, appointed 2010-2013
    • Commercial Litigation Committee
      • Seminar Chair, 2014-2015
      • Membership Chair, 2013-201
      • Steering Committee, 2009-presen
      • Program Marketing Committee, Chair 2009
    • Women in the Law Committee
      • Law Institute Representative, 2015-present
      • Membership Chair, 2010-2011; 2013-present
      • Seminar Chair, 2013-2014
      • Program Marketing Chair, 2011
    • Young Lawyers Committee
      • Chair, 2011
      • Executive Committee, 2008-2011
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, 2002-2008; 2011-present
    • Board of Governors, 2006-2008; 2012-present
    • Young Lawyers Committee, 2007-2008
      • Chair, 2007-2008
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Counsel
    • Young Lawyers CLE Committee/Steering Committee, Member,  2008-2011

  • Ronald McDonald House of Southern West Virginia
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2003-2008, 2011-present
    • Vice-President, Board of Directors, 2005-2008, 2013-present


Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Speaker, “An Administrator’s Guide to Discovery,” West Virginia Health Care Association Annual Meeting (May 2014)
  • Speaker, “Work Life Balance and Making Partner,” DRI Diversity Seminar (May 2013) 
  • Speaker, “Slippery Slope: Pre-Trial Expert Disclosures and Federal Rule 26,” DRI Young Lawyers Seminar (June 2012) and DTCWV Expert Witness CLE (Oct. 2012)
  • Speaker, "Disclosing Expert Information Before Trial," DRI Young Lawyers Seminar (June 2012)
  • Speaker, “Jury Instructions – Writing to Win,” DRI Products Liability Seminar (2007) 
  • Speaker, “The Boxes Are Here – Now What?,” DRI Young Lawyer Teleconference (2006) and DRI Products Liability Seminar (2005)


Writings and Publications:
  • Author, “Document Collection, Review & Production,” DRI Defense Library Series, A Young Lawyer’s Guide to Defense Practice (Forthcoming, 2015)
  • Co-author with Cynthia L. Kline, ACP,  "Discovery in Long-Term Healthcare Cases," Facts & Findings magazine, Vol. XLI Issue 3, March/April 2015
  • Author, "Jury Instructions:  Writing to Win," DRI For the Defense magazine, March 2015
  • Author, "Teamwork Through Trial: The Symbiotic Roles of the First- and Second-Chair Trial & Publications Attorneys", DRI For the Defense magazine, 2009
  • Author, "Protecting and Preserving the Peer Review Privilege - Solutions for Corporate Counsel Representing Hospitals, Health Care Corporations, and Health Care Providers," DRI Defense Library Series, Evidentiary Privileges for Corporate Counsel", 2008
  • Editor, "The Year in Review - 2006-2007 Case Law Update for West Virginia," 2007 Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Notebook of Articles
  • Contributing author, "Tort Reform and You - Perfect Together?," 2004 DRI Annual Meeting
  • Author, "Admission to Practice Pro Hac Vice - The Rules of West Virginia and the 50 States," 2002 West Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting
  • Author, "Keeping the Duty to Warn Patients of the Risks and Side Effects of Mass Marketed Prescription Drugs Where it Belongs: With Their Physicians," 26 U. Dayton L. Rev. 95, Winter 2000

Awards and Honors:
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2018
  • Recipient, 2017 DRI Lifetime Community Service Award
  • Named in the 2017 Best Lawyers®  Business Edition "Women in Law" 
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2017
  • AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law, 2016
  • Recipient, 2014 Defense Research Institute Richard H. Krochock Award
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Young Lawyers Committee, Outstanding Chair Award, 2007
  • Dayton Bar Association Scholarship recipient, 2000-2001
  • Dean's Scholarship recipient, 1999-2000
  • University of Dayton Law Review, Production Editor, 2000-2001
  • University of Dayton Law Review, Staff Writer, 1999-2000
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