Mike Miller has helped local and regional governments work at the federal level for over 25 years, first as congressional staff member, then as a land use attorney, and for the past eighteen years as a federal lobbyist and partner at TFG.
Mike has extensive experience dealing with large and politically complex federal projects including highway and bridge construction and water infrastructure. For example, Mike assisted one client secure approximately $100 million in federal funding to build a new $140 million bridge. Mike has also successfully found creative solutions in other public infrastructure scenarios. Mike worked with one California County to secure $86 million in federal loans and grants for a major wastewater project near a national estuary. Mike helped identify and develop an opportunity to secure U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for the project. Mike successfully worked with the bipartisan County congressional delegation to secure a population waiver in water resources legislation allowing the County to compete for USDA funding. Once the waiver was secured, he counseled the County on securing grant funding. This grant was the largest ARRA project of its kind in the nation.
Mike is currently working on a project to coordinate efforts between the Economic Development Administration, the US Geological Survey, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Defense to organize and secure funding for a major economic development initiative in a DOD host community in California, including a wastewater project, transportation infrastructure and roadway improvements, and groundwater surveying and protection.
While practicing law, Mike helped negotiate one of the first Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) in Northern California. Mike worked closely with regional U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff, and senior officials at USFWS and the Department of Interior to put in place an HCP allowing a major project to proceed while successfully protecting resources crucial to the survival of an endangered species. In addition, Mike is currently assisting a California client going through the HCP development process. Mike has advised the client on federal agency processes and arranged helpful meetings in Washington, including a meeting with USFWS’s senior HCP coordinator.
Before joining TFG, Mike served as counsel to U.S. Representative Robert T. Matsui, focusing on transportation, flood control, water resources and infrastructure, economic development, military base closure and reuse, and environmental issues. He practiced land use and environmental law in California and is an active member of the State Bar of California.
Mike received his B.A. with High Honors from the University of California, his law degree from the College of William & Mary, and his Master of Laws from the University of the Pacific. Mike was also selected as a Lyndon Baines Johnson Congressional Intern in Washington while an undergraduate.