Bruce A. Miller

Bruce A. Miller

Detroit, Michigan

Bruce Miller has stood with the labor and civil rights movements as an activist, advisor and attorney for decades. He was successful in establishing the right of retired workers to draw workers compensation benefits. He represented employees in a case against the Ex-Cell-O company that took 12 years to litigate and resulted in awards to the plaintiffs in excess of 3 million dollars. He won an award in an arbitration case for 14 million dollars. He has also won other cases in the millions. He has been involved in litigation throughout the country on behalf of unions and worker rights. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in the United States and is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He has been honored by either serving or having served as General Counsel of the Metro AFL-CIO, the Michigan AFL-CIO, Labor's Hall of Fame, The A. Phillip Randolph Institute, the Sam Fishman Memorial Scholarship Fund and sat on the Lawyers Advisory Panel to the AFL-CIO. In fact, Mr. Miller has recently been appointed as the General Counsel for the Metro AFL-CIO.

In the fight for civil rights as attorney for the Detroit Branch NAACP, he was successful in protecting citizens from police abuse, caused the first agreement for goals and timetables at First Federal Savings and Loan Association resulting in the first integration of the downtown banking community, outlawed the notorious Poindexter Homeowner's Ordinance which was designed to segregate the City of Detroit and won many other fights and victories in the struggle for civil rights.

Standing with labor and the civil rights community, Miller has held a number of positions in the Michigan Democratic Party: precinct delegate, Treasurer 13th Congressional District; Chairman, Wayne County Democratic Committee; Officer at Large of the Michigan Democratic Party and member of the Rules Committee at National Democratic Conventions.

He has authored law review articles, written a pro-labor column at the Detroit News until the strike and lectured on matters near and dear to the labor and civil rights community.

Employment Law
Social Security Disability 
Labor Union Representation 
Workers' Compensation Benefits
Wrongful Discharge

Areas of Practice

  • Worker Rights
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1954
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976

Published Works

  • Pro-Labor Column, Detroit News
  • Labor: Free Unionism, How the Supreme Court Could Decimate Public Employee Unionism, Foundation for Democratic Education, June 26, 2015

Honors and Awards

  • A. Phillip Randolph Lifetime Achievement Award, "In Appreciation of Your Many Years of Leadership and Service to the Causes of Working Men and Women", October 6, 2002
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in the United States
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Selected to Michigan SuperLawyers
  • Named to the Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit by Dbusiness Journal

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Michigan Democratic Party, Precinct Delegate, Treasurer, 13th Congressional District
  • Michigan Democratic Party, Chairman, Wayne County Democratic Committee
  • Michigan Democratic Party, Officer at Large
  • Michigan Democratic Party, Member, Rules Committee at National Democratic Conventions

Past Employment Positions

  • The Metro AFL-CIO, General Counsel
  • The Michigan AFL-CIO, General Counsel
  • Labors Hall of Fame, General Counsel
  • The A. Phillip Randolph Institute, General Counsel
  • The Sam Fishman Memorial Scholarship Fund, General Counsel
  • The Lawyers Advisory Panel to the AFL-CIO
  • Detroit Branch NAACP, Chairman