Dana S. Miller
Dana Miller started as a liability claims adjuster in 1988, then as a workers’ compensation adjuster in 1992. He passed the bar in 1996 and started working for Mullen & Filippi in the Santa Rosa office in August 1997. He was certified as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization on May 1, 2004. Dana became a Senior Partner with the Firm in 2006. He specializes in representation of public entity and large self-insured private sector clients. He also represents employers in Serious and Willful Misconduct and 132a Discrimination claims.
Dana received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1988, earning college honors recognition and admission to Phi Beta Kappa. He attended Empire College School of Law in Santa Rosa, California, graduating in 1996 Magna Cum Laude and as Salutatorian. He has taught classes at Sonoma State University as part of their legal/paralegal program. He has served as a speaker on a wide variety of ethics and workers’ compensation topics for the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities, Public Agency Risk Managers Association, and the California Defense Attorney’s Association.
Dana is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. He has served on the Board of Directors for the North Bay Workers’ Compensation Association.
From a professional standpoint, I was born and raised in the defense community; first, as an adjuster, and then as an attorney. I love it. The work can be intense and demanding, but it is that very environment that has forged wonderful friendships with clients and co-workers. Workers’ compensation never gets boring, and is fertile ground for amazing experiences and stories. At the same time, I never lose sight of the fact that it is an important benefit delivery system to help injured workers; I am proud to be a part of that system, and strive to add my share of integrity and dignity to it.
I constantly try to remember that we should work to live, not live to work; as a Type-A personality, that is not easy for me. However, I never forget the joys of life. Rush is the greatest rock band ever, and I will never tire of seeing them live. I love to run the zip lines in my backyard, and to watch my friends screaming with joy (or terror) when I put them on the zip lines. Snickers bars are awesome. And I believe that one of the best things you can do for your kids is to travel with them, and expose them to new cultures, experiences and people. And finally, I try to live every day with zeal; as Jack Dawson said in the move Titanic: “I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it…to make each day count.”