Criminal Defense Lawyer in Michigan
Sheila Miller was first employed by our firm in September 2018 as an Associate Attorney. After leaving on good terms to assume the role as Chief Deputy Clerk for the Macomb County Clerk – 16th Circuit Court, she was happily welcomed back as our firm’s Managing Attorney. In this role, Sheila not only represent clients as lead attorney in a variety of state and federal cases, but she also:
- Supervises the firm’s associate attorneys, paralegals and administrative assistants
- Assigns cases to associate attorneys and consult with them to develop the best defense strategies
- Evaluates and implements protocols for client satisfaction, case management and marketing
- Provides associates with legal resources to support case management
- Conducts training activities to ensure high-level performance
Sheila received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from Michigan State University in 1984. She then earned her JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 1990, where she won the American Jurisprudence Award (highest grade and rank in class) for Evidence Problems. Sheila worked her way through law school night classes as the Administrative and Legislative Assistant for the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate from 1986 to 1992. Since then, she has served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office for 14 years before becoming a judge for the 41B District Court in Clinton Township, MI until 2010. Since then, she has been a practicing criminal defense attorney for both state and federal cases.
Having been on both sides of the bench, Sheila possesses a unique perspective when approaching cases. This specialized training and experience has granted her the opportunity to be both an Adjunct Professor (Family Violence Practice) and Associate Professor (Personal and Professional Responsibility) for her alma mater, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Additionally, Sheila held her own law practice from 2012 to 2018, where she defended clients charged with capital and noncapital violations of state law.
Sheila was born and raised in the City of Detroit, graduating from Immaculata High School. She is excited to be back in her own backyard, serving clients across the metro-Detroit and neighboring regions.
- Thomas M. Cooley Law School – Lansing (now at Western Michigan University), Juris Doctor
- Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration
- State Bar of Michigan
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
What Area of Law Are You Skilled In and Why?
Criminal litigation has been the focus of my career. I have specialized experience in assault and arson.
Why Are You Passionate About the Law? What Made You Practice Law?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. assassination in 1968 left an indelible mark on my late mother. Talking with her and reading the articles she saved in scrapbooks motivated me to learn about his missions. One of his goals was to educate people about their civil rights and empower them to be vocal in protecting them. Over time, MLK, my mother’s passion for justice and my religious education led me to develop an instinct to advocate for the disadvantaged. When I went to law school, I did not intend to become a trial lawyer, but a required Trial Workshop course changed that. There, I perfected my “voice” and went on to specialize in courtroom advocacy.
What Are Some of Your Hobbies and Interests?
Gardening and art, such as drawing and painting.