Attorney Justin P. Miller’s clients benefit from his extensive experience and knowledge gained from representing hundreds of clients as a public defender and working as a judicial law clerk.
He has made hundreds of court appearances, including nearly daily appearances while working in the busy Centre County Public Defender Office. He has successfully negotiated complete dismissals of serious cases and other resolutions that protect his clients’ liberty and dignity. When no other outcome was possible, he has taken cases to trial.
Attorney Miller is a 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan College of Law. He was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 2009, and the majority of his legal career has focused on defending people accused of wrongdoing in criminal settings. He is a 2002 graduate of Juniata College in Huntindgon, PA, and a 1998 graduate of Bellefonte Area High School.
Attorney Miller began his legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Charles C. Brown, Jr. in 2007. He then served as judicial law clerk to the Hon. Pamela A. Ruest, Centre County’s first female judge, from 2008 through 2010. Anxious to appear in court instead of just watching from the sidelines, Attorney Miller took a position with the Centre County Public Defender Office as an Assistant Public Defender, where he spent three years providing defense to clients charged with adult and juvenile felonies and misdemeanors.
In 2013, Attorney Miller opened his own practice. He now uses the skills he honed and developed as a Juducial Law Clerk and Assistant Public Defender to represent private clients. He brings the same passion for the law and zeal for justice to his work that he did as an Assistant Public Defender.
Attorney Miller is a respected member of the legal community. As a member of the Centre County Bar Association’s Board of Governors, he served as the chair of the Young Lawyers’ Division for two years, guiding new attorneys through the process of taking an active role in their own career and spearheading a number of service projects, including participation in the annual Marine Corp. Reserves Toys for Tots Campaign and a “competitive” food drive with the Builders and the Bankers associations in Centre County.
Attorney Miller also serves as the attorney-advisor to the Bellefonte Area High School Mock Trial Team.