Mark Miller

Senior Attorney

Florida

Mark Miller is a PLF Senior Attorney and manages PLF’s Florida office in Palm Beach Gardens. Mark’s work on behalf of property rights, the First Amendment, and our other constitutional rights has been featured by CBS This Morning, Fox & Friends, and The View, and covered in the pages of The Wall Street Journal and on the airwaves of National Public Radio (NPR).

An expert in appellate practice, Thomson Reuters lists Mark as a Florida SuperLawyer, Florida Trend Magazine has described him as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite, and Martindale-Hubbell awarded him its AV-Preeminent rating, its highest rating. He recently joined the Board of Directors for Americans United for Life, and The Florida Bar appointed him to the Board of Directors for Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. Mark is both a James Madison Institute senior fellow and a Federalist Society expert and approved speaker. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Martin County Legal Aid Society and Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal Historical Society, and he is a past president of the Martin County Bar Association. In 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed him to serve a four-year term as a member of Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.

Mark learned to fight for justice from his two grandfathers: one fought under General George S. Patton in World War II, and the other graduated from NYU Law in the early 1920s. Both men taught Mark to believe in the greatness of our country but also to keep its government honest; that is what he has done throughout his career and does now as a member of the PLF team.

He attended college and law school at the University of Florida, earning both diplomas with Honors. He elbow clerked for U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr., of the Middle District of Florida and Emerson R. Thompson, Jr., of Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal. Mark has represented clients before local zoning boards and through every court level up to and including the Supreme Court of the United States. He served as co-counsel and second chair before the High Court in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., one of our recent wins before the Court.

Mark Miller is a PLF Senior Attorney and manages PLF’s Florida office in Palm Beach Gardens. Mark’s work on behalf of property rights, the First Amendment, and our other constitutional rights has been featured by CBS This Morning, Fox & Friends, and The View, and covered in the pages of The Wall Street Journal and on the airwaves of National Public Radio (NPR).

An expert in appellate practice, Thomson Reuters lists Mark as a Florida SuperLawyer, Florida Trend Magazine has described him as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite, and Martindale-Hubbell awarded him its AV-Preeminent rating, its highest rating. He recently joined the Board of Directors for Americans United for Life, and The Florida Bar appointed him to the Board of Directors for Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. Mark is both a James Madison Institute senior fellow and a Federalist Society expert and approved speaker. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Martin County Legal Aid Society and Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal Historical Society, and he is a past president of the Martin County Bar Association. In 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed him to serve a four-year term as a member of Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.

Mark learned to fight for justice from his two grandfathers: one fought under General George S. Patton in World War II, and the other graduated from NYU Law in the early 1920s. Both men taught Mark to believe in the greatness of our country but also to keep its government honest; that is what he has done throughout his career and does now as a member of the PLF team.

He attended college and law school at the University of Florida, earning both diplomas with Honors. He elbow clerked for U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr., of the Middle District of Florida and Emerson R. Thompson, Jr., of Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal. Mark has represented clients before local zoning boards and through every court level up to and including the Supreme Court of the United States. He served as co-counsel and second chair before the High Court in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., one of our recent wins before the Court.

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Property Rights

Pacetta, LLC v. The Town of Ponce Inlet

Asking the Supreme Court to revive property rights protections

Urged by the Town of Ponce Inlet, Florida, Lyder and Simone Johnson bought a number of land parcels and planned a new development through their business, Pacetta, LLC. Town leaders wanted the development so badly, they began revamping the town’s comprehensive land use plan, which would not have allowed the project at the time. But after an election, the town’s political winds shifted and new leadership prohibited the development. The Johnsons sued and won a $30 million jury award for the town’s unconstitutional property takings, only to have an appeals court strip the verdict—and award. On behalf of the Johnsons, PLF has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review and reverse the appeals court decision.

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Procedural Guarantees

American Federation of Aviculture v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Thriving golden parakeets no longer need Endangered Species Act protection

Thanks to the efforts of private breeders, the golden parakeet is no longer threatened with extinction. Although the federal government acknowledges the bird’s tenfold increase in numbers, it has refused to comply with a law that requires it to make a final decision to delist or downlist the parakeet within 12 months of that finding. On behalf of a coalition of breeders and bird owners, the American Federation of Aviculture, PLF is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to force it to comply with the law, reclassify the golden parakeet, and lift onerous restrictions that prevent breeders from selling to all other breeders.

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Procedural Guarantees

Gunnison Sage-Grouse Endangered Species Act Litigation

Drawing a line on federal power under the Endangered Species Act

Colorado and two if its counties challenged the listing of the Gunnison sage-grouse as “threatened” for lack of evidence, and challenged the designation of critical habitat as overbroad. For years, the affected states, counties, and landowners partnered to conserve the species while maintaining economic viability but the federal government ignored these successful efforts and instead imposed significant land use restrictions over a wide swath of land, most of which does not now and cannot ever support a sage-grouse population. PLF filed an amicus brief arguing that the federal government’s actions exceeded statutory and constitutional bounds.

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By Mark Miller

Can the government designate your private property critical habitat for a species that can’t survive there?

Pacific Legal Foundation filed its Reply Brief today in Weyerhaeuser v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral argument in this important … ›

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By Mark Miller

PLF files brief in Florida takings case at Supreme Court

This week Pacific Legal Foundation filed its Reply Brief in support of its Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the Pacetta v. Town of Ponce Inlet case. Pacetta, a case … ›

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By Mark Miller

PLF announces law school writing competition winners

Today Pacific Legal Foundation officially announces the winners of this year’s PLF law school writing competition. We received entries from some of the top law schools in the country on … ›

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By Mark Miller

Stare decisis: an explainer

The news of an opening at the Supreme Court of the United States forces all Americans to re-acquaint themselves with the Latin term “stare decisis.” The term, which roughly translated … ›

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By Mark Miller

Thomas Jefferson’s Fist & America’s Independence

Today Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. What sometimes seems a fait accompli in retrospect was anything but at the time. Independence did not have to happen. … ›

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Op-Ed

Free speech wins again at the high court

Originally published by the The Hill June 27, 2018. On Tuesday the Supreme Court came down on the side of free speech and freedom of thought in NIFLA v. Becerra, a closely-watched case … ›

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