Stephen A. Miller is a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Group in Philadelphia. Stephen draws on his notable litigation experience to assist companies and individuals facing potential criminal exposure. Prior to joining the firm in September 2010, Stephen served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of the United States, practiced appellate law at Mayer Brown in Chicago, and worked for nine years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. As a prosecutor, he conducted dozens of high-profile investigations and trials.
Stephen’s practice focuses primarily on helping companies and individuals navigate government investigations, implement compliance programs, and defend against criminal charges. He has represented a diverse range of clients, including large health care service providers, financial institutions, transportation companies, manufacturers, software makers, universities, college and professional athletes, and corporate directors and executives.
He has particular experience in the areas of international anti-corruption laws and export controls. Stephen designs anti-bribery and export-control compliance programs for clients, and counsels clients about investigations into potential violations of those laws. As a federal prosecutor, Stephen conducted and supervised far-reaching investigations into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and federal export regulations. Among other successes, Stephen investigated and prosecuted individuals who exported sensitive technology to Iran in violation of export controls, uncovered and prosecuted widespread fraud in the United Nations’s Oil-for-Food Program, and thwarted efforts by Hezbollah to obtain thousands of heat-seeking missiles and machine guns. He received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
In addition to his trial and investigative credentials, Stephen has exceptional abilities as an appellate lawyer. After law school, he served as a law clerk for both the Honorable Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States. As a practicing attorney, Stephen has briefed and argued appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and Federal Circuits, as well as briefed matters in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Finally, due to Stephen’s unique experience spearheading numerous jury trials, he occasionally assists with major civil litigation. He has represented corporate clients and individuals in civil lawsuits involving a diverse array of claims, including False Claims Act violations, investment agreement violations, federal forfeiture proceedings, and constitutional challenges to proposed government policies.
Stephen graduated summa cum laude from both Princeton University and Northwestern University School of Law. At Princeton, he majored in Near Eastern studies. Stephen attended Northwestern on a full-tuition scholarship and graduated first in his class while serving on the editorial board of the Northwestern Law Review.