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Infinitely More Valuable
HELPING OTHERS AT THE LAW OFFICES OF DANIEL J. MILLER
When I started practicing law, I was doing it out of a desire to grow a successful business and reap the financial benefits that come with it. I didn’t know that I would find the internal satisfaction that comes with helping others to be infinitely more valuable. From the beginning, getting into law was a natural choice for me. I saw it as following in my father’s and brother’s footsteps. My dad was one of the best trial lawyers in Virginia. For nearly four decades, he handled lawsuits for injured railroad workers. My brother had already been practicing law for 10 years when I started. “Whether it’s reuniting kids with parents who love them or saving someone’s career, I’ve loved my job these past 20 years, and I hope to help many more people as time goes on.” I graduated from Emory University with a degree in sociology and philosophy, which is a good degree to have if you want to transition into law school. I didn’t do that right away, though. For seven years following graduation, I played the drums in a band based in Atlanta, traveling all over the Southeastern United States. Unfortunately, the stereotype of the musician living paycheck to paycheck rings true, and I decided to pursue a career where I wouldn’t have to worry about money.
After earning my law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School and passing the Virginia Bar exam, I went to work at my uncle’s firm. Like my father and brother, he had been practicing law for a while, which meant we were at very different places in our careers. If I wanted to continue pushing toward growing my own successful practice, I would need to strike out on my own. After working for my uncle’s firm for a few years, I started my own law practice in 2001. After starting my own practice, I began to notice changes in my perspective and my goals. I was just practicing criminal law at that point, and I realized that I really found joy
and satisfaction in helping my clients. Many times, the cases I handle involve a family breadwinner who makes a mistake, putting the livelihoods of their families in jeopardy. They need someone to help save their career, and when I can achieve that, it is better than any amount of financial success.
area comes with its own stories, but the satisfaction I get from helping others is the same across the board. Whether it’s reuniting kids with parents who love them or saving someone’s career, I’ve loved my job these past 20 years, and I hope to help many more people as time goes on. – Daniel J. Miller
Our office handles criminal law, as well as family and personal injury law. Each practice
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