Raised in Bowie County, Texas and practicing law since 1996, on January 8, 2015, Judge Miller was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to fill the vacancy left by newly elected Court of Appeals Justice Ralph Burgess. Taking the oath of office January 13, 2015, his appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate on March 24, 2015. Miller was re-elected by the citizens of Cass and Bowie counties in 2016. In 2020, Judge Miller was re-elected for a second time by an overwhelming majority of voters — 73.4% the 3rd highest margin of victory in the Texas Republican Primary judicial races — and faced no Democratic opponent in the November 2020 election. As the presiding district judge of the 5th District Court of Texas, serving both Bowie and Cass counties, Judge Miller has served the citizens of both counties by hearing felony criminal prosecutions, family law matters, and civil litigation. Judge Miller’s Full resume can be found HERE.
As District Judge, Judge Miller has presided over more than 100 jury trials, thousands of non jury trials, and disposed of more than 10,500 cases since assuming the bench on January 13, 2015. Affirmed more than 95% of the time, the Courts of Appeals’ rulings about Judge Miller’s decisions can be found here.
Judge Miller was licensed by the Texas Supreme Court for all Texas trial and appellate courts in 1996 and also licensed by the Arkansas Supreme Court to appear before all Arkansas trial and appellate courts in 1997. As a practicing attorney, Judge Miller was admitted to appear in the United States Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. Judge Miller has also been admitted before the United States Fifth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Judge Miller has been an active member of the State Bar of Texas, serving on the State Bar’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009 and as an Executive Committee member from 2006 to 2008. He served as President of the 36,000+ member Texas Young Lawyers Association in 2007-2008; the TYLA’s Executive Committee from 2004-2009; served as State Bar’s Chairman of the Law Practice Management Committee from 2010 to 2015; was a member of the State Bar’s Committee Review Task Force in 2008 and 2010; the State Bar’s Task Force on Insurance Disclosure in 2008-2009 and the State Bar’s Jury Service Committee from 2004-2007. Judge Miller is also a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Judge Miller has continued his service to the legal profession by serving on the State Bar’s Judicial Section Board and as the technology chairman for the Texas Association of District Judges.
On the local level, Judge Miller has been a member of the Texarkana Bar Association since 1996, served as the Bar’s Secretary in 2005-2006; President of the Northeast Texas Bar Association in 2008 and its Vice-President in 2007. On the National level, Judge Miller has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1996 and served as a Texas Delegate to the ABA’s House of Delegates in 2007-2008 and as a Texas Delegate to the ABA’s YLD Assembly in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
In addition to practicing law, from 2011 through 2015, Judge Miller served as a member of the Texarkana, Texas City Council as the Ward 5 Councilman.
Judge Miller graduated from Texas High School in 1989, received his Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University in 1993 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech School of Law in 1996.
A life long member of St. James Church in downtown Texarkana, Judge Miller has strong tries to Northeast Texas as Judge Miller’s family migrated from Delta and Gregg Counties to live in Bowie County in 1977. He practiced law with Patton, Haltom, Roberts, McWilliams & Greer; Patton Roberts, McWilliams, Greer & Capshaw; Greer, McCasland & Miller, and Greer & Miller, LLP in Texarkana.
In addition to his service as a Texarkana, Texas City Council member, Judge Miller was an active member of the Literacy Council of Bowie and Miller Counties, Inc. from 2001 through 2011; was a member of the Texarkana Museum Systems Board of Directors from 2008 through 2011. He was a member of the St. James Day School Board of Trustees from 2014 through 2021, a board member of the Texarkana United Soccer Association and has been an active United States Soccer Federation and high school soccer referee since 1996.
In Judge Miller’s positions with the State Bar of Texas and the City of Texarkana, he was required to deal with multi-million dollar budgets, policy analysis and oversight, as well as the leadership of the organizations resulting from his elections to those positions. As a practicing lawyer, Judge Miller handled a wide range of litigation and represented clients throughout Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas.