Miller Nash LLP

Pacific Northwest firm Miller Nash's Oregon and Washington strongholds don't deter national heavyweights like Merrill Lynch UBS, U.S. Bank, Smith Barney and Bank of America from knocking at its doors. In addition to banks, the multi-service firm serves government agencies, public school districts, nonprofits, corporations and Native American tribes.

Railroads, Gold-Mining and Twenty Name Changes  

Miller Nash's history contains over 20 name changes, which mark the comings, goings and promotions of name partners, and traces important developments in U.S. history. In 1873, Henry H. Northup and William B. Gilbert, who would later be appointed by President William Henry Harrison in 1892 to become one of three first judges to U.S. Ninth Circuit Court, created the firm Northup & Gilbert in Portland. Northup & Gilbert became Gibbs & Gilbert with the 1876 arrival of former U.S. District Attorney for the District of Oregon Addison C. Gibbs, went back to Northup & Gilbert with Gibbs' 1877 departure, then became Gearin & Gilbert with the addition of City Attorney and Oregon State Legislature member John M. Gearin, and so on and so forth. The firm's eventual name comes from Robert S. Miller and Frank E. Nash, who were both promoted to partners in 1948, and was finalized in 1999.

Miller Nash has also evolved alongside intriguing developments in U.S. economic history. The firm represented ventures in gold mining, printing, railroads and timber throughout the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the 1890s, Miller Nash formed longstanding professional relationships with first the Pacific Division of Union Pacific Railroad 1890 and subsequently the 1893 Northern Pacific and general Union Pacific lines, as well as Columbia Southern Railroad magnate E.E. Lytle. Firm alumni also went on to make their marks in federal law. Gearin was a government-appointed special prosecutor for opium fraud cases in 1893 and founder Judge Gilbert took on the Ku Klux Klan's Oregon presence in 1924 by striking down a prejudice-laden public school law. Meanwhile, Miller Nash had no problem acquiring an impressive array of clients, including Wells Fargo in 1919 and Universal Pictures Corp., Britannia Steamship Insurance Association, Ltd. and Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York in the 1920s and 30s.

Today, Miller Nash is the fourth largest law firm in Oregon state and the seventeenth largest in Washington. Its tradition of attracting high-achieving lawyers, including Oregon Supreme Court justices, state legislators and Senate members, seems to be going strong, with 23 Best Lawyers in America and 32 Oregon Super Lawyers and Oregon Rising Stars. The firm is recognized in practice areas of bankruptcy, corporate compliance, education, trusts and estates, real estate, ERISA, construction and labor and employment litigation. In 2012, Miller Nash represented lift truck part manufacturer Cascade Corp. in its $795 million acquisition by Toyota Industries Corp..

Philanthropy in Portland

Portland Business Journal named Miller Nash one of the most philanthropic companies in Oregon three years in a row, and for good reason. Managing partner Kieran Curley is on the board of directors of Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest and partners are on the boards of organizations like De Paul Treatment Centers Partner and Portland Business Alliance. Miller Nash makes charitable donations to animal shelters, disaster relief, low-income medical services, children and adult literacy initiatives and donated significantly to victims of the Haiti earthquake and Indian Ocean tsunami.  

Wii Fun Fridays and Diversity Fellowships

No chance to gain the associate fifteen here. Miller Nash was named one of Oregon's Healthiest Employers from a list of 40 by Healthiest Companies LLC. The firm's Wellness Coordinator and committee sponsor Wii Fun Fridays, gym membership and fitness class discounts, first-aid training and CPR as a mental comfort to that associate working on a stressful case, and lunch seminars every month with mental health professionals, physicians and dieticians on topics such as "Communication between the Sexes" and "Stroke Awareness." But health isn't Miller Nash's only concern. The firm also has an eye out towards promoting diversity within its ranks, sponsoring two Diversity Fellowships of $7,500, including paid summer clerkships in its offices, to 1Ls.


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Miller Nash LLP

3500 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204-3699
Phone: (503) 224-5858
Fax: (503) 224-0155


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Kieran Curley
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 118

  • Employment Contact

    Michelle Baird-Johnson
    Director of Recruiting and Professional Development
    Portland, OR 97204
    Phone: (503) 224-5858

  • Base Salary

    1st year: $105,000 
    Summer associate: $1,900/week 

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Business & Tax
    Employment & Benefits
    Energy & Sustainability
    Finance & Financial Institutions
    From the Ground Up (Real Estate Development)
    Government & Regulatory
    International Business
    Mobile Commerce
    Native American Tribes & Organizations
    Real Estate & Environmental
    Trusts & Estates

Major Office Locations

  • Portland, OR (HQ)
  • Bend, OR
  • Prineville, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • Vancouver, WA

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