Michael L. Miller

Biography

Mike is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Real Estate, Environmental and Energy Department in the New Haven office. An experienced environmental, health and safety (EHS) attorney, Mike’s practice is largely comprised of three distinct categories of EHS legal representation: transactional support; compliance and risk counseling; and litigation.

Mike has over thirteen years of EHS compliance and risk management experience. His passion for client service, substantive and technical knowledge and geographic breadth of experience (having worked on matters in over 20 states) contribute to his individualized approach to strategic counseling.

Mike counsels clients on a broad variety of EHS issues relating to corporate, real estate and financial transactions, including federal and state occupational health and safety requirements and environmental laws, regulations and permitting programs. Mike represents sellers, purchasers and lenders in the context of the leasing, sale and purchase of real estate property, asset and stock deals and project finance transactions. Mike has significant and practical experience relating to compliance with the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery, Clean Air and Clean Water Acts and related state and local programs. He has developed particular expertise relating to the applicability of and compliance with the Connecticut Transfer Act. He has also been involved in the negotiation of contracts for hazardous and other regulated waste management and disposal services.

Mike also has particular expertise in connection with representing clients in cost recovery actions brought under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) and state analogs.  He frequently provides strategic counseling to clients in connection with investigations and enforcement actions brought by governmental entities alleging EHS violations. Mike also has significant experience defending clients in toxic tort and product liability actions.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mike served as an EHS professional with General Electric Company. During law school, he spent time with the Air Bureau of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection ("DEEP").

Mike earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law, and his B.S.E., from the University of Michigan.

Education

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law  (J.D.)
    • summa cum laude
  • University of Michigan  (B.S.E.)

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US District Court (Northern District of New York)

Distinctions

Chambers USA, “Associates to Watch” (2016)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Environmental Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Environmental and Litigation Sections
  • Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) 
    • E2: Energy & Environment Council
  • Hartford Inn of Court, Barrister