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Richard B. Miller

RICHARD B. MILLER was born in Levittown, Pennsylvania, graduating from Nether Providence High School in 1972. He attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. where he received his B.A. degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Political Science/International Relations in 1976. Mr. Miller was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and served as his senior class president.

Mr. Miller graduated with honors from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1979, where he was an editor of The Tax Lawyer. Thereafter, he accepted a commission as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he served on active duty as a Navy prosecutor until 1984.

Mr. Miller’s practice focuses upon first party insurance litigation, with an emphasis upon coverage and bad faith defense. In recent years, he has successfully represented major insurance companies as trial counsel in precedent setting cases involving automobile, homeowner, fire, disability, CGL, D&O, condominium, maritime, business, church, umbrella, and rental policies. Mr. Miller appears regularly before the Hawaii Appellate Courts and U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on insurance matters. He has lectured and conducted seminars for the National Business Institute, HI Continuing Legal Education Program, and numerous insurance organizations in the fields of insurance coverage and bad faith. Mr. Miller has been selected by peer voting for inclusion in Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America®, and Honolulu Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers in Hawaii”, in the field of Insurance Law. In 2013 and 2018, Honolulu Magazine and "Best Lawyers" named Mr. Miller Honolulu's "Lawyer of the Year" in the field of Insurance law. In 2019, Mr. Miller was named as a Fellow in the American College of Coverage Counsel.

Mr. Miller is married with four children. He remains active in the National Eagle Scout Association, and was recently retired from the U. S. Navy Reserve, where he held the rank of Captain and served as the Reserve Aide to the Deputy Commander of the U. S. Pacific Fleet. Mr. Miller is a long distance runner who has completed 38 marathon races.

Representative Cases:

Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Larson v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., 2013 WL 601819 (9th Cir. 2013)
  • Haskell v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 69 Fed. Appx. 877 (9th Cir. 2003)
  • Yu v. Albany Ins. Co., 281 F. 3d 803 (9th Cir. 2002)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Adams, 232 F. 3d 896 (9th Cir. 2000)
  • Mariano v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 203 F. 3d 831 (9th Cir. 1999)
  • Baird v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 203 F. 3d 830 (9th Cir. 1999)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Kawai, 178 F. 3d 1299 (9th Cir. 1999)
  • Marlowe v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 145 F.3d 1339 (9th Cir. 1998)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Kaneshiro, 152 F.3d 923 (9th Cir. 1998)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Alamo Rent-A-Car, Inc., 137 F.3d 634 (9th Cir. 1998)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. McFarlin, 110 F.3d 67 (9th Cir. 1997)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Asuncion, 42 F.3d 1402 (9th Cir. 1994)
  • Gasaway v. Northwestern Mutual Life Ins. Co., 26 F.3d 957 (9th Cir. 1994)
  • Asuncion v. Allstate Ins. Co., 975 F.2d 663 (9th Cir. 1992)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Ishigo, 944 F.2d 909 (9th Cir. 1991)
  • Souza v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 935 F.2d 275 (9th Cir. 1990)

Hawaii Supreme Court

  • St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 353 P.3d 991 (Hawaii 2015)
  • Young v. Allstate Ins. Co., 119 Hawaii 403, 198 P.3d 666 (2008)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Pruett, 118 Hawaii 174, 186 P.3d 609 (2008)
  • Hawaii Providers Network, Inc. v. AIG Hawaii Ins. Co, Inc. (II), 110 Hawai’i 418 (2006)
  • Orthopedic Assoc. of Hawaii, Inc. v. Hawaiian Ins. & Guar. Co., Ltd. et. al., 109 Hawaii 185 (Hawaii 2005)
  • Gonzales v. Dai Tokyo Royal State Ins. Co., Ltd., 106 Hawaii 511 (2005)
  • Hawaii Providers Network, Inc. v. AIG Hawaii Ins. Co., Inc., 105 Hawaii 362 (2004)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Battulayan, 105 Hawaii 283 (2004)
  • Reed v. Allstate Ins. Co., 105 Hawaii 65 (2004)
  • Gno v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 105 Hawaii 65 (2004)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Schmidt, 104 Hawaii 261 (2004)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Gepaya, 103 Haw. 142 (2003)
  • Gepaya v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 94 Haw. 362 (2000)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Kaneshiro, 93 Haw. 210 (2000)
  • Aczon v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 90 Haw. 475 (1999)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Murata, 88 Haw. 284 (1998)
  • Rapp v. AIG Hawaii Ins. Co., 87 Haw. 473 (1998)
  • Kauai Ins. Agency v. Duarte, 87 Haw. 264 (1998)
  • Kamaka v. AIG Hawaii Ins. Co., 87 Haw. 33 (1997)
  • AIG Hawaii Ins. Co. v. Barabin, 82 Haw. 258 (1996)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Hirose, 77 Haw. 362 (1994)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. v. Royston, 72 Hawaii 338 (1991)

United States District Court

  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Saarman Construction, LTD., 2018 U.S. Dist. WL 1162985 (D. Hawaii March 5, 2018)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Mizuno, 2017 U.S. Dist. WL 3000023 (D. Hawaii April 30, 2017)
  • Windnagle v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. WL 6275183 (D. Hawaii August 31, 2016)
  • Ford v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. WL 6275181 (D. Hawaii August 31, 2016)
  • Dongbu Ins. Co., LTD. v. Watson, 2016 U.S. Dist. WL 4033096 (D. Hawaii July 27, 2016)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Morris, 2016 U.S. Dist. WL 3947611 (D. Hawaii July 19, 2016)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. GP West, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. WL 3189187 (D. Hawaii June 7, 2016)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Hanohano, 158 F. Supp. 3d 1023 (D. Hawaii 2016)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Souza, 2013 U.S. Dist. WL 3562576 (D. Hawaii June 4, 2015)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Hawaii Hope Mission Baptist Church, 2014 U.S. Dist. WL 1045872 (D. Hawaii March 14, 2014)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Kaaihue, 2013 U.S. Dist. WL 6572577 (D. Hawaii December 13, 2013)
  • U.S. Fire Ins. Co. v. Cyanotech Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. WL 5755338 (D. Hawaii October 23, 2013)
  • First Mercury Ins. Co. v. Riviera, 2013 WL 537602 (D.Hawaii, Sept. 24, 2013)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Leaman, 2013 U.S. Dist. WL 12126733 (D. Hawaii July 1, 2013)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Miya, 2013 U.S. Dist. WL 3305437 (D. Hawaii June 28, 2013)
  • Lovell v. State Farm Ins. Cos., 2013 U.S. Dist. WL 210106 (D. Hawaii January 17, 2013)
  • MF Nut Co., LLC v. Continental Cas. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. WL 164425 (D. Hawaii January 15, 2013)
  • Moore v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. WL 6629567 (D. Hawaii December 18, 2012)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Chung, 2012 U.S. Dist. WL 3113150 (D. Hawaii July 31, 2012)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Wimberly, 877 F. Supp. 2d 993 (D. Hawaii 2012)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Rihiimaki, 2012 U.S. Dist. WL 1983321 (D. Hawaii May 30, 2012)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Nuuanu Baptist Church, 2012 U.S. Dist. WL 1571415 (D. Hawaii April 30, 2012)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Scott, 2012 U.S. Dist. WL 1136336 (D. Hawaii April 3, 2012)
  • Gemini Ins.Co. v. Kukui’ula Development Co. (Hawaii) LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. WL 668821 (D. Hawaii February 29, 2012)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Santiago, 2012 U.S. Dist. WL 406909 (D. Hawaii January 19, 2012)
  • Larson v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. WL 93181 (D. Hawaii January 10, 2012)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Podoll, 2011 U.S. Dist. WL 6020852 (D. Hawaii December 12, 2011)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Vogelgesang, 834 F. Supp. 2d 1026 (D. Hawaii 2011)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Elsenbach, 2011 U.S. Dist. WL 2606005 (D. Hawaii June 30, 2011)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Willison, 833 F. Supp. 2d 1200 (D. Hawaii 2011)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Cabatbat, 2011 U.S. Dist. WL 572537 (D. Hawaii February 11, 2011)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Kaho’okele, 2010 U.S. Dist. WL 3384890 (D. Hawaii August 24, 2010)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Miller, 732 F. Supp. 2d 1128 (D. Hawaii 2010)
  • Painsolvers, Inc. v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co.(II), 732 F. Supp. 2d 1107 (D. Hawaii 2010)
  • Painsolvers, Inc. v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 685 F. Supp. 2d 1123 (D. Hawaii 2010)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Thompson, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49977 (D. Hawaii May 20, 2010)
  • Larson v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. WL 520630 (D. Hawaii February 11, 2010)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Naai, 684 F. Supp. 2d 1220 (D. Hawaii 2010)
  • Standard Mutual Ins. Co. v. Sullivan, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114656 (D. Hawaii December 9, 2009)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Gomez, 2009 U.S. Dist. WL 3018712 (D. Hawaii September 18, 2009)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Industrial Pharmacy Management, LLC, 2009 U.S. Dist. WL 2448474 (D. Hawaii Aug. 11, 2009)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Jenkins, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16459 (D. Hawaii March 3, 2009)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Gadiel, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90923 (D. Hawaii Nov. 7, 2008)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Sylvester, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42386 (D. Hawaii May 21, 2008)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Metropolitan Management, 2007 U.S. Dist. WL 4157148 (D. Hawaii Nov. 23, 2007)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Chun, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49147 (D. Hawaii July 6, 2007)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Lau, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31761 (D. Hawaii April 30, 2007)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Nishibata, 2007 U.S. Dist. WL 510136 (D. Hawaii February 12, 2007)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Scott, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8255 (D. Hawaii January 24, 2007)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Chesler, 478 F. Supp. 2d 1220 (D. Hawai’i 2007)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Davis, 430 F. Supp. 3d 1112 (D. Hawai’i 2006)
  • Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co. v. Puuohau, 2006 U.S. Dist. WL 695093 (D. Hawaii March 15, 2006)
  • Ranger v. State Farm Ins. Cos., 333 F. supp. 3d 935 (D. Hawaii 2004)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Takeda, 243 F. Supp. 2d 1100 (D. Hawai’i 2003)
  • Haskell v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 187 F. Supp. 2d 1231 (D. Hawaii 2002)
  • Progressive Cas. Ins. Co. v. Ferguson, 134 F. Supp. 2d 1159 (D. Hawaii 2001)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Kim, 121 F. Supp. 2d 1301 (D. Hawaii 2000)
  • U.S. Pacific Builders, Inc. v. Mitsui Trust & Banking, 57 F. Supp. 2d 1018 (D. Hawaii 1999)
  • Tran v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 999 F. Supp. 1369 (D. Hawaii 1998)
  • WDC Venture v. Hartford Accident and Indem. Co., 938 F.Supp. 671 (D. Hawaii 1996)
  • Lemen v. Allstate Ins. Co., 938 F. Supp. 640 (D. Hawaii 1995)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Wolcott, 847 F. Supp. 640 (D. Hawaii 1994)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Pichay, 834 F. Supp. 329 (D. Hawaii 1993)
  • Elliot Megdal & Assoc. v. Hawaii Planning Mill, 814 F. Supp. 898 (D. Hawaii 1993)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Wyman, 807 F. Supp. 98 (D. Hawaii 1992)
  • Matson Navigation Co. v. Hawaii Pub. Util. Commission, 742 F. Supp. 1468 (D. Hawaii 1990)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Robinol, 699 F. Supp. 819 (D. Hawaii 1988)

Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals

  • Kohatsu v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2017 Hawaii WL 4325894 (Hawaii Ct. App. September 29, 2017)
  • Stewart v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 126 Haw. 266, 269 P.3d 801 (2012)
  • Island Ins. Co. v. Arakaki, 2010 Haw. App. LEXIS 296 (June 16, 2010)
  • Brown v. Progressive Direct Ins. Co., 2010 Haw. App. LEXIS 211 (May 5, 2010)
  • AIG Haw. Ins. Co. v. State Farm Ins. Cos., 2008 Haw. App. LEXIS 627 (Oct. 8, 2008)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Lorenzo, 89 Haw. 233 (1998)
  • McElveen v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 88 Haw. 388 (Ct. App. 1998)
  • Honbo v. Hawaiian Ins. and Guar. Co., Ltd., 86 Haw. 373, 949 P. 2d 213 (Ct. App. 1997)


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