Donald B. Miller

Donald B. Miller is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long's Detroit office. He has served on the Firm's Board of Directors and as a litigation Practice Group Manager and Co-Chair of the Firm's Litigation Department. He has practiced law in Michigan with Butzel Long since 1973, following graduation from The University of Michigan, where he obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees (A.B., 1970; J.D., 1973, cum laude). Mr. Miller's practice consists entirely of litigation and is very diverse in terms of substantive areas, being devoted to employment discrimination defense, personal injury and products liability litigation, and commercial litigation.

Mr. Miller's employment practice has included the defense of numerous cases in the civil rights area, including sex, age, race, national origin and religious discrimination cases, sex harassment actions, suits alleging implied contract rights to job security by salaried employees, and non-compete cases. He has represented many employers, including The University of Michigan, American Motors Corporation, DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Host International, The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, United Insurance Company of America, Ford Motor Company, and McLouth Steel Products Corporation. Included among Mr. Miller's trials in the employment area are the following: Viverito v Ford Motor Company, Shannon v American Motors Corporation, Berkopec v American Motors Corporation, Dodd v American Motors Corporation, Slayton v Host International, and Kolovson v The University of Michigan.

Included within Mr. Miller's products liability experience is thorough familiarity with the Michigan personal-injury asbestos litigation. He has represented such clients as AlliedSignal Inc., now Honeywell, Inc. (refractory products), General Electric Company (turbines and wire and cable products), and other defendants, in thousands of such cases throughout the State of Michigan. Mr. Miller has handled, for the past several years, many cases alleging exposure to mold in buildings, which have elements of construction defect litigation, environmental concerns, and personal injury claims. He has also defended claims arising from exposure to lead-based paint and carbon monoxide.

In addition, Mr. Miller handled a variety and volume of cases for Mobil Oil Corporation, now ExxonMobil Corporation, and Pennzoil Company, including personal injury work, gasoline pricing and supply litigation, and service station dealer and distributor litigation arising under the federal Petroleum Marketing Practices Act. He has also been involved in commercial litigation between automotive suppliers and between automotive suppliers and OEM's.

Mr. Miller is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan (Labor and Employment Law Section, Negligence Section) and the American Bar Association (Section of Labor and Employment Law, Section of Litigation, and the Trial, Tort and Insurance Practice Section).


  • University of Michigan 1970, A.B.
  • University of Michigan Law School 1973, J.D.


The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor & Employment; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2013-2020

Michigan Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation: Defense, 2012-2018

DBusiness Top Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law, 2015 & 2019 Product Liability, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Legal Malpractice Law 2018


  • Michigan


  • Defended major University against claim by graduate student that two Professors misappropriated work product.
  • Defended the interests of a client in thousands of asbestos personal injury cases
  • Defend residential home remodeler in a matter involving child injured by exposure to lead-based paint
  • Asbestos personal injury cases
  • Represented residential builder in a claim for damages
  • Defended against several claims of injury related to alleged mold exposure.
  • Defense of a communications company in sex discrimination trial
  • Defended oil corporation against claim of breach of contract.
  • Defended against claim by a Professor against university and his department chair for alleged theft of intellectual property; summary disposition granted in favor of university; affirmed by Michigan Court of Appeals
  • Obtained dismissal by summary disposition and summary judgment of asbestos claims
  • Trial of wrongful discharge case involving a social worker at a Michigan university hospital.
  • Represented client in water rate dispute against major municipality; resulting in $24 million rate reduction.
  • Defended employment discrimination action
  • Defend manufacturer of hoists and cranes in thousands of asbestos personal injury cases
  • Defended home builder in trial of a mold case, with claims for personal injury.
  • Defended automotive company (OEM) in discrimination case
  • Represented oil company in multiple cases brought by service station dealers


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