Lee A. Miller

Lee A. Miller



Legal Assistant: Katie Slama – kslama@mcfarg.com

To schedule ADR: Molly Kovash – mkovash@mcfarg.com

Shortly after law school, Lee interviewed with Paul McEllistrem in an attempt to convince him to hire Lee as an associate attorney. Representing individuals hurt by someone else seemed consistent with his ideals. The recommendation at the time was for Lee to get a job doing defense work and reapply in five years. That was over 25 years ago! Since that time, Lee has spent close to 30 years working on the defense side with insurers, railroad companies and trucking companies. He has handled litigation in numerous areas of personal injury and tried cases involving automobile accidents, slip and falls, railroad accidents and trucking accidents.

A recent experience representing a child involved in a catastrophic trucking accident and the successful resolution of that case triggered a powerful reaction that led Lee to reevaluate his career. After all, he had gone to law school with the goal of helping injured people. It is time to make that goal a reality. Luckily, Paul and his partners agreed.

Lee also is a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice and available to mediate cases involving personal injury including automobile, general liability, railroad, and trucking. During his years as a defense attorney, Lee had the honor of handling many mediations as the neutral. He is planning to take on mediations as a part of his transition to working as a plaintiff’s attorney.

Lee and his wife, Jennifer, live in St. Paul and enjoy spending time with their dogs, Percy and Winnie, and cheering on the Golden Gophers.

Professional Speaking

  • Serves as speaker and instructor at seminars for lawyers and insurance professionals:
    • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Kaplan Professional School
    • American Bar Association
    • Minnesota CLE
    • Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Professional Info


  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin


  • Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the MN General Rules of Practice


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1996
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1996
  • North Dakota, 2012
  • Wisconsin, 2013
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2006


  • Super Lawyer® 2008-2020, 2023 and Rising Star® 2001-2008, Thomson Reuters


  • “Best Practices for Preparing Your Motor Vehicle Accident Case for Either Mediation or Arbitration,” Minnesota CLE, September 2020
  • “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire – Medical Marijuana,” Fort Worth & Western Railroad, 24th Railroad Liability Conference, July 2017
  • “Handling FELA and FRSA Claims Running on Parallel Tracks,” National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, July 2014
  • “So You Fired Your Employee? The Effect of Termination on Your FELA Case,” National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Annual Meeting, July 2013
  • “Railroad Cases: Lessons Learned,” Association of the American Railroads, General Claims Conference, September 2011
  • “No-Fault in a Nutshell,” Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Brown Bag Series, October 2005
  • “Reflectorization and the Impact,” Midwest Claims Conference – Federal Employees Liability Act, October 2005
  • “Spoliation – The Newest Hot Button,” Midwest Claims Conference – Federal Employees Liability Act, October 2004
  • “Underinsured and Uninsured Motorist Coverage,” Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Minnesota Motor Vehicle Insurance Institute, June 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Minnesota State Bar Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Transportation Lawyer Association