Nicholas M. Miller



  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1998), cum laude
  • Cleveland State University (B.A., 1995), summa cum laude

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Chambers 2019

Nick has a well-established reputation for helping clients protect assets that have been threatened by financial distress. Those clients include troubled businesses, their secured and unsecured creditors (including banks and other lenders, bondholders, indenture trustees, and official committees of unsecured creditors), and distressed investors and asset purchasers. Most of his engagements involve actual or contemplated chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

He represents both large and small companies, but his focus is on the middle market. His work has spanned a broad range of industries, including gaming, hospitality, health care, financial services, real estate, retail, manufacturing, media and multiple technologies.

Nick has been recognized for his work by clients and peers alike. He is a recognized leader in the insolvency field, having been elected to leadership positions in various industry and professional organizations. Among other honors, Nick has been certified since 2008 as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification — a distinction achieved by select professionals who have met rigorous, objective certification standards relating to experience, continuing legal education, integrity and peer review, and who have demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of business bankruptcy law. He currently serves on that organization’s board of directors, and he is also a member of its Standards Committee.

Nick also received the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) national 2010 Mid-Size Transaction of the Year Award, as well as the national and regional 2013 Small Company Turnaround of Year Award. These awards honor and recognize professionals who led transactions that, according to the TMA, “rescued companies from the shadow of complete ruin.”  He currently serves as Immediate Past President of the TMA’s Chicago/Midwest Chapter.

In addition, Nick also has been recognized as a leader in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (recommended in Bankruptcy/Restructuring) since 2014. According to the survey, clients call him “very knowledgeable,” “very comprehensive,” “energetic and bright,” “thorough, organized,” “a terrific attorney” with a “wealth of practical commercial awareness” and a “great ability to help identify creative and practical solutions” whose “follow up is unparalleled.”

Nick currently serves on the board of directors of Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids (PEAK). PEAK’s mission is to provide opportunities for Chicago’s at-risk youth to achieve academic and personal success through a quality, values-based education and the guidance of caring adult mentors. Nick also has provided a substantial amount of pro bono legal services to a number of clients over the years.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Turnaround Management Association (President of Chicago/Midwest Chapter)
  • Board Member and member of Standards Committee, American Board of Certification (2013-present)
  • Advisory Board Member of the ABI Central States Bankruptcy Workshop (2016-2017)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (Financial Advisors and Investment Banking, Secured Credit, and Unsecured Trade Creditors Committees)
  • American Bar Association (Business Law Section and Bankruptcy & Litigation Committee)
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Trial Bar, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Civic/Charitable Affiliations:

  • Board Member (Vice Chair), Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids (PEAK) (2013-present)
  • Cleveland Bar Fellow (2002-2009)
  • Trustee, Cleveland Bar Association (2002-2003)


  • Honorable Donald C. Nugent, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1997
  • Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz, 136 S. Ct. 1581 (2016)
  • In re BX Acquisitions, Inc. 2016 Bankr. LEXIS 1858 (N.D. Ohio April 27, 2016)
  • In re Crane, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 25600 (7th Cir. Dec 23, 2013)
  • The Gifford State Bank v. Richardson (In re Crane), 487 B.R. 906 (C.D. Ill. 2013) 
  • River East Plaza, LLC v. LNV Corporation (In re River East Plaza, LLC), 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 1048 (7th Cir. January 19, 2012)
  • Slavin v. Morris Publishing Group, LLC (In re Morris Publishing Group, LLC), 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32025 (S.D. Ga. March 28, 2011)
  • McMillan v. LTV Steel, Inc., 555 F.3d 218 (6th Cir. 2009)
  • Oil States International v. LTV Corporation  (In re LTV Steel Company, Inc.), 253 Fed. Appx. 535 (6th Cir. 2007)
  • McMillan v. LTV Steel Company, Inc. (In re LTV Steel Company, Inc.), 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71621 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 26, 2007)
  • Oil States International v. LTV Corporation, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77307 (N.D. Ohio Oct. 24, 2006)
  • C&K Indus. Servs. v. LTV Steel Company, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68514 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 25, 2006)
  • In re LTV Steel Company, Inc., 333 B.R. 397 (Bankr. N.D. Ohio 2005)
  • Cleveland Bar Ass’n v. Johnson, 761 N.E. 2d 1043 (Ohio 2002)
  • Treinish v. Glazer (In re Glazer), 248 B.R. 528 (Bankr. N.D. Ohio 2000)
  • Berg v. Cleveland Clinic Found., 2000 Ohio App. LEXIS 4994 (Cuyahoga App. Oct. 26, 2000)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Supreme Court