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Jennifer Grace Miller

Counsel

  • 617-557-9746
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Jennifer Grace Miller

Counsel

  • 617-557-9746
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Practice Focus

Jennifer Grace Miller is counsel and co-chair of the Government & Election Law Practice at Hemenway & Barnes. Jennifer advises government entities, public officials, businesses, nonprofits, and private clients on government and administrative law matters, policy issues, litigation and appellate advocacy. She also represents candidates and elected officials on ethics, campaign finance, and election-related issues.

Jennifer is a veteran litigator whose experience ranges from state and federal courts to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Supreme Court of the United States. She has also worked in all three branches of government and has an inside perspective and understanding of the legal and policy decision-making process at the state and local level.

Prior to joining Hemenway & Barnes, Jennifer served as counsel to the Massachusetts Senate. As chief legal counsel for the Senate, Jennifer advised 40 Senators and their staff on a broad range of complex and high-profile legal matters that include or relate to constitutional law, legislation, ethics, conflict of interest and litigation, among others. Jennifer also served as Chief of the Government Bureau in the Attorney General’s Office, which defends the Commonwealth when it is sued in state or federal court.

Jennifer began her public service career as Senior Staff Counsel at the Supreme Judicial Court and then served as an Assistant Solicitor General in the New York Attorney General’s Office. She began her legal career as a litigation associate at two national law firms.

Representative Experience

  • Represents for-profit and non-profit entities and individuals in federal and state courts and administrative agencies
  • Advocates on behalf of government agencies, businesses and nonprofits before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Appeals Court
  • Counsels government officials, candidates for office, and political advocacy and social welfare organizations on ethics, election law, and campaign finance issues, at the federal, state and local levels
  • Advises advocacy organizations on legal and policy decision-making at the state and local levels
  • Argued the Massachusetts case, McCullen v. Coakley, before the United States Supreme Court, and worked to enact new legislation following the Court’s decision

Accolades

  • Boston University Public Interest Project Pro Bono Award, 2015
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, “Circle of Excellence,” 2014
  • National Association of Attorneys General, “Best Brief Award” for McCullen v. Coakley, 2014
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, “Top Women of Law,” September 2011

Activities & Publications

  • Co-Chair, Government Lawyers Forum, Boston Bar Association, 2017-2018
  • Host Committee, Women’s Bar Association, 2012-2016
  • Co-Chair, Women’s Bar Association, Women’s Leadership Initiative, 2013-2014
  • Mentor, Women’s Bar Association, Women’s Leadership Initiative, 2012-2013
  • Guest Lecturer, “The Government Lawyer,” Northeastern University School of Law, March 2021
  • Panelist, “What I Learned at the Supreme Court: Oral Argument Tips and Tales,” MCLE’s Sixth Annual Appellate Practice Conference, December 2020
  • Panelist, "Weaponizing the First Amendment:' A Review of Recent Supreme Court Decisions on Free Speech, Boston Bar Association, October 2018
  • Co-author with Attorney General Martha Coakley, “Child Abuse and the Law II: The Radiologist in Court,” contained in Paul K. Kleinman, M.D., Diagnostic Imaging of Child Abuse (3d ed., to be published 2015)
  • Faculty, “Oral Advocacy Before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court,” Social Law Library, November 2014

Community Involvement

  • Commissioner, Access to Justice Commission, 2018-present

Jennifer Miller’s Comment on Effectively Engaging in Political Activity

 “By understanding how the legislative process, campaign finance and election laws, and clients goals intersect, we can help individuals and organizations successfully play a role in political issues, campaigns, and advocacy.”

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