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Marisa B. Miller



  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2006, Northwestern University Law Review, Associate Editor; Dean's List; Kirkland & Ellis Diversity Fellowship Recipient, 2005
  • B.A., Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • Extern to the Honorable Amy St. Eve, Northern District of Illinois
  • California
  • Illinois
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
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Marisa Miller is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the San Diego (Del Mar) office. Marisa is a member of the firm’s Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance, International Arbitration, and Construction Litigation Teams, and leads the wildfire litigation team.

Areas of Practice

Marisa represents clients in commercial litigation matters, regularly handling complex, multi-party disputes involving contracts, trade secrets, corporate governance, partnership and fiduciary relationships, inverse condemnation and other strict liability claims, business tort, and fraud. These matters range from high-stakes, complex commercial disputes to matters involving energy, environmental, statutory, technology, and shareholder rights issues. She has experience advising clients in all stages of litigation, from pre-lawsuit strategy and advice to post-trial motions and appeals. Her practice also includes international and domestic arbitration, as well as regulatory matters. Marisa has trial experience, representing clients in jury trials, bench trials, and domestic and international arbitrations.

Marisa also has significant pro bono experience. She has represented indigent defendants in immigration and criminal cases. She has successfully argued an appeal of a client's sentence before the Seventh Circuit and has drafted the first successful motion under the federal Innocence Protection Act, which secured her client access to DNA testing that could demonstrate his innocence.

Marisa is dedicated to gender and diversity issues. She serves on the firm's Women's Leadership Council and as a Cuban American, is an active member of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Attorney Network. She is also a member of the firm's Recruiting Committee. In recognition of Marisa’s commitment to diversity, she was selected as the firm’s 2018 fellow for the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity.


  • 2018 Fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Recommended Lawyer - Construction, Law 500, 2019


Ms. Miller’s representative matters include:

  • Representing a California utility in a high-stakes commercial dispute concerning power generation in San Diego.
  • Advising private investment management firms with respect to wildfire litigation issues.
  • Represented a California utility in a multi-billion dollar international arbitration and related regulatory matters arising from claims of defective design of steam generators installed in a nuclear power plant.
  • Secured dismissal of a billion dollar breach of contract and unfair competition claim for a majority shareholder of a Peruvian utility.
  • Secured favorable settlement for a utility in connection with a dispute with another utility regarding certain administrative and general accounting costs with respect to the operation of a nuclear power plant.
  • Advised energy services holding company and its subsidiary utility in the defense of 20 lawsuits alleging tort and inverse condemnation claims arising from property damage as a result of the 2008 Sesnon wildfire.
  • Represented energy services holding company and subsidiary utility in defending mass tort and inverse condemnation claims filed by thousands of plaintiffs in excess of $1 billion arising from 2007 San Diego wildfires.
  • Secured favorable settlement of construction defect and fraud claims for diversified real estate company.

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Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker: "Fundamentals of Taking Depositions," Mastering the Deposition in CA (June 2019)
  • Speaker: “The Broad Implications of Public Utilities Code Section 2106” San Diego, CA (May 2019) and Los Angeles, CA (June 2019)
  • Speaker: “The New Abnormal: Recent Legal Developments Affecting Wildfire Liability” San Diego, CA (April 2019)
  • Speaker: "Fundamentals of Law and Motion Practice," Los Angeles, CA (Jan 2019)
  • Speaker: "Fundamentals of Law and Motion Practice," Los Angeles, CA (Feb 2018)
  • Speaker: "Legal Ramifications of Natural Disasters – Lessons Learned from Litigation and Emergency Response to Natural Gas Leaks and Wildfires," ACI's 3rd Annual Women Leaders in Environmental & Energy Law, New Orleans, LA (2017)
  • Speaker: "Strategies for Defending Against Wildfire Litigation," Portland, OR (June 2016)
  • Speaker: "Limitations of Liability in Commercial Contracts," San Diego, CA (Feb 2016)
  • Moderator: "State Storage Initiatives, Challenges and Opportunities," Energy Storage Week 2016, San Diego, (Jan 2016)


  • ChIPs
  • California Lawyers Association – Business Law and Litigation Sections
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • California Minority Counsel Program
  • Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court