Dee Miles, who joined the firm in 1991, has been a pioneer of consumer fraud and commercial litigation nationwide. In addition to representing clients in litigation, Dee manages the entire Consumer Fraud and Commercial Litigation Section of the firm. He is involved to some extent in every case being litigated in this section. Most all of the cases in the section are national in scope and there have been numerous record-setting verdicts for clients.
Dee served as lead counsel on behalf of eight separate states and eight separate attorneys general (Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah) in the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) / Medicaid Fraud Litigation. This effort, which is almost completed, resulted in $1.5 billion to the states by way of settlements and judgments. These cases also have made a significant social change in the way our Medicaid program operates nationwide.
Dee and the lawyers in his Section have a proven track record of leadership in significant cases throughout the country. Dee has been selected by Federal Courts as lead and co-lead counsel in four MDL cases to date. He has been selected to 16 different Plaintiff Steering Committees on MDLs. He has also served as lead or co-lead counsel in three national class actions.
Dee entered Cumberland School of Law and in 1988 he was chosen to study “Comparative International Law” at the University Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany. Upon graduation from law school from 1989-90, Dee served as a law clerk to Judge John M. Patterson on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. He then served as a Staff Attorney for the Alabama Supreme Court under Justice Henry Steagall from 1990-91. Dee then joined Beasley Allen. Dee says:
As I reflect on how I got where I am today it’s clear the Lord led me to Montgomery and to Jere and this firm. A perfect plan, but I can’t take credit for it. The thing that most stands out to me in our practice here at the firm is that we are truly helping people who otherwise would not have any recourse when they have experienced harm at the hands of a big corporation. Most of our cases are battles with large corporations that have engaged in some very serious wrongdoing and the average citizen cannot take on a mammoth enterprise with unlimited financial resources that beat down anyone who challenges their conduct. As a firm, we can fight that battle with adequate resources and tenacious and talented lawyers who genuinely care about correcting the wrongs of our clients. It’s a very satisfying and spiritual experience to help someone who truly needs a helping hand. We are privileged to do that very work and are grateful to be in a position to help those in need.
Dee has settled thousands of cases for clients over the years with settlement value exceeding $4 billion. He has achieved settlements for individual Plaintiffs against this country’s top Fortune 500 companies. Most of those settlements involve confidentiality and cannot be discussed. Without a doubt, Dee’s leadership in the consumer fraud and commercial litigation areas of law is unprecedented.
Dee met his wife, the former Sandra Turnblad, while attending Homewood High School. The two were married after they both graduated from college. Sandra and Dee have four children, two girls and two boys. They are active members of The Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Montgomery. The Roman Catholic Church has honored Dee and Sandra by inducting them into the Equestrian order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. The Order is responsible for promoting Christianity within the Middle East and protecting the holy shrines in that region of the world. Dee was recently promoted to Lt. Col. of that charitable organization.
Dee was appointed by Dean John Carroll of the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, to serve on the Advisory Board of the law school. The goal is to promote and preserve Cumberland’s commitment to “seek wisdom to temper justice with compassion.” Dee has served as President of the Advisory Board.
In his free time, Dee enjoys riding dirt bikes and golfing with his children, enjoys all sports with his boys, as well as cooking and traveling with his family. Dee credits his success to his faith: Dee says:
My daily goal is to serve the Lord by giving generous love to my family and hard work to our clients, in that order. Life is a constant balancing act, but if we know the priorities of the Lord first, then our families and our work third, we can achieve anything in life we seek.
We are truly blessed to have Dee in the firm in a leadership role.
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