Stephen M. Miller chairs Morris James’ Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Group, a practice group whose attorneys are praised by clients as “giv[ing] exceptional representation and results." Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Steve has more than 30 years of experience helping businesses achieve their goals in matters involving bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and business transactions.
In bankruptcy matters, Steve represents purchasers of assets, trustees, debtors, creditors’ committees, and secured and unsecured creditors, including landlords, equipment lessors, financial institutions (including pre-petition leaders, issuers of letters of credit, DIP lenders and insurance premium finance companies), intellectual property licensors, franchisees, indenture and owner trustees, and vendors in large, complex Chapter 11 reorganizations. He also represents parties in adversary proceedings, including defendants in preference and fraudulent transfer actions. Outside of bankruptcy, Steve assists creditors in enforcing their rights against debtors, including through foreclosure, replevin, garnishment, execution, and levy.
In his transactional practice, Steve handles financing, franchising, and the use of Delaware business entities, including limited liability companies and limited partnerships. He serves as Delaware counsel in domestic and international business transactions, including aircraft financing and real estate. His practice includes rendering third-party legal opinions as to matters of Delaware state law and United States federal law.
Steve’s practice also includes acting as a mediator for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. As a mediator, Steve uses his broad business and legal experience and knowledge to assist the parties in attempting to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution.
Steve is praised by his clients as being a "superior strategist" Chambers USA 2017; "extremely knowledgeable and strategic in his actions" Chambers USA 2013; for his "dedication, determination, attention to detail, responsiveness, and broad business and legal knowledge" Chambers USA 2012; for his "deep, substantive knowledge of the law" Chambers USA 2011; and for his "smart, diligent and solid approach" Chambers USA 2008. His clients appreciate his “extensive knowledge, dedication and approachability,” and the fact that he is “able to listen and work in our best interests” Chambers USA 2007. Clients recommend Steve for being “firm and helpful in finding solutions” and always calculating his advice in terms of “what makes sense from a financial point of view” Chambers USA 2006.