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Joseph M. Miller







Joseph M. Miller was born and raised in Scott, Louisiana in Lafayette Parish.


Joe completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science/Pre-Law at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2003 where he finished Magna Cum Laude and was voted by the faculty as Outstanding Graduate in Political Science/Pre-Law.


After completing his undergraduate studies at UL-Lafayette, he attended Loyola University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor Degree in May 2006 with the Honorable Distinction Cum Laude.


While at Loyola Law School, Joseph served as Articles Editor of the Loyola Law Review and published “Federal Preemption and Preclusion: Why The Federal Railroad Safety Act Should Not Preclude The Federal Employer’s Liability Act,” 51 Loy. L. Rev. 947 (2006).  This article has been cited in numerous case opinions and secondary legal sources on the issue of preclusion in FELA cases. 

  • 2015-2016 Super Lawyers Rising Star List Louisiana
  • 2014-2015 Best Lawyers New Orleans Railroad Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • 2015 Best Lawyers in America List
  • 2014-2015 Best Lawyers in America List, Railroad Law
  • Railroad (FELA) Litigation 
  • Personal Injury – Plaintiff
  • Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Aviation
  • Jones Act
  • Louisiana, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2006 J.D. Cum Laude, Doctor of Jurisprudence

  • University of Louisiana-Lafayette, B.A., Magna Cum Laude

  • Law Excellence Award, Seminar in Scholarly Writing Dean’s Award
  • Warren E. Mouledoux Award
  • William Crowe Senior Scholar
  • Graduate Top 10 Percent
  • Law Review: Articles Editor, 2005-2006
  • “Federal Preemption and Preclusion: Why The Federal Railroad Safety Act Should Not Preclude The Federal Employer’s Liability Act,” 51 Loy.L.Rev. 947 (2006)

Cited By: 

Ward v. Illinois Cent. R. Co., 2013 WL 3128974 *4 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2013).     


Jordan v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe. R. Co., 2009 WL 112561 *9 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2009).


11 Am.Jur.Trials 397, Litigation Under The Federal Employer’s Liability Act (2018).


72 Am.Jur.Trials 1, Railroad Health and Safety Litigator’s guide (2018).


  • “Who’s Watching the Weather for the Railroads?” American Association for Justice, Railroad Law Section (2011).
  • 2023 ARLA Executive Committee Officer – Vice President

  • 2022 ARLA Executive Committee Officer – Secretary
  • 2021 ARLA Executive Committee Officer – Treasurer
  • 2020 ARLA Trial Skills Committee
  • 2016 – present Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys Board of Managers

  • 2010-2015 Member of Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys

  • Federal Bar Association of New Orleans

  • Louisiana Association for Justice

  • American Association for Justice

  • New Orleans Bar Association

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Skills Curriculum Instructor, “Conducting Jury Focus Groups,” February 2012 

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