Parker Miller, a lawyer in the firm’s Toxic Torts Section, has been selected as a Law 360 “Rising Star” for 2014, in the Environmental category. Law 360 describes this honor as including “attorneys younger than 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.” The editors at this legal publication typically review more than 1,000 lawyers in order to narrow it down to about 100 to be included on this prestigious list. Twenty-three different practice areas are included, with 3 to 6 lawyers chosen as the best in each practice area.
Parker’s practice focuses primarily on complex litigation and property owner and business-on-business environmental litigation. During the course of his career, Parker has counseled some of the largest business entities in the Southeast, and has served as co-counsel to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley in the valuation of the State of Alabama’s oil spill claims. In 2012, Beasley Allen selected Parker as Environmental Section “Lawyer of the Year” for his efforts on behalf of his clients.
Parker has dedicated a significant portion of his practice in the past four years to the BP oil spill litigation – a tragic consequence of the April 20, 2010, fire and explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana. The explosion set off the largest environmental disaster in United States history and what is considered to be the most significant litigation in recent history.
Parker served as Second Chair to Beasley Allen’s position on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC), and participated in numerous strategy meetings and projects on behalf of the PSC in New Orleans, La. Ultimately, the PSC reached a landmark uncapped, multi-billion dollar settlement with BP for private claimants throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, Parker oversees the Firm’s fishermen and personal injury client base. He also represents hundreds of businesses located throughout the covered region. To date, Parker has recovered millions in compensation for his clients in the BP litigation.
Parker was raised on a cattle farm in Dayton, Ala., and is the son of Mary and Tommy Miller. He is married to the former Ashley Brownsberger of Tampa Bay, Fla. Parker graduated high school from Marengo Academy in 2001. He attended Auburn University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2005. He then received his law degree from Jones Law School at Faulkner University in 2008. While attending law school, Parker studied international law abroad in conjunction with Tulane University at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He was recognized as one of the nation’s finest student advocates after receiving the Lewis F. Powell Jr. American College of Trial Lawyers Medal of Excellence in Advocacy. We are extremely fortunate to have Parker in the firm and it’s good to see him being recognized by Law360.
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