Skip Miller Honored Among The Most Influential People in L.A. 2022

Skip Miller Honored Among The Most Influential People in L.A. 2022

Los Angeles Business Journal Signature Issue – June 20, 2022: LA500 | The Most Influential People in L.A.

We are proud to announce that for the fifth consecutive year, Skip Miller has been honored among The Most Influential People in Los Angeles. The “LA500” list, published by the Los Angeles Business Journal, celebrates the most influential leaders in Los Angeles who have demonstrated innovation and agility in the face of unprecedented challenges over the past year, and whose vision and creativity can be counted on to help the city move forward.

Skip Miller, a founding partner of Miller Barondess, LLP, is an accomplished litigator with over 100 trials under his belt. He has tried cases in state and federal courts in California and around the country. He specializes in the art of persuasion and getting results, and is highly sought out by clients in multiple areas.

Miller practices in most areas of litigation, including securities, sports, corporate takeover, investment banking, defamation, First Amendment, entertainment (motion pictures, television and music), copyright, civil rights, real estate, contracts, partnerships, unfair competition, environmental, energy, and governmental and public litigation. His clients have included the County of Los Angeles and multiple cities and their officials; entertainers including Rod Stewart, Sean Connery and a member of the Eagles; rock bands such as Journey and Mötley Crüe; publicly and privately-owned manufacturing and marketing companies; investment banks, private equity funds, banks and other financial institutions; and movie studios, cable networks, artist managers, a talent agency, sports agents, and professional and college athletes and coaches.

Miller represented the City of Inglewood and Mayor James Butts against Madison Square Garden’s attempts to block construction of a new arena in Inglewood for the LA Clippers. He played a key role in defending the City and Mayor Butts against Madison Square Garden’s claims in seven different lawsuits; and worked hand-in-glove with the lawyers for the Clippers. After nearly three years of hard-fought litigation, a settlement was reached by way of Clippers owner Steve Ballmer purchasing The Forum and MSG dropping all opposition to the project. With the new arena being a short distance from The Forum and across from SoFi Stadium, Inglewood is poised to become the sports and entertainment capital of the West. This will bring millions of dollars in revenue, jobs and commerce to the City.

As lead counsel for the County of Los Angeles, Miller has represented the County and its Board of Supervisors in a number of major litigation cases, including the Aliso Canyon litigation involving the largest natural gas leak—over 100 million metric tons—in our country’s history. Miller worked closely with the County throughout the disaster, and the County’s response thereto, to ensure the safety of Porter Ranch families.

Miller represents media mogul Byron Allen and his company Entertainment Studios (“ES”) in a lawsuit against McDonald’s brought under §1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 for discrimination for refusing to advertise on the ES networks. In 2020, Miller resolved a dispute with cable giants Comcast and Charter relating to the refusal to contract with ES—ES channels are now distributed by both. These cases addressed a long-standing and serious issue in our society, namely economic inclusion of Black-owned businesses in the country’s economy. Miller also represents ES in a lawsuit against The Nielsen Company alleging that Nielsen’s ratings system is fundamentally unreliable and that Nielsen concealed these flaws with the intent to induce Miller’s clients to pay millions in fees.