Attorneys

Cecilia O'Connell Miller
Partner
Contact
525 B Street, Suite 2200
San Diego, CA 92101
Practice Areas

Admissions: California ; U.S. District Court, Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California ; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Seventh Circuits


Professional Summary

Cecilia O’Connell Miller's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and pre-litigation counseling with a focus on insurance coverage recovery. She has extensive experience in representing technology, financial services, life sciences, hospitality, multi-media, healthcare, manufacturing, construction and municipal clients obtaining millions in insurance coverage for first and third party liabilities under a wide range of insurance policies.  Ceci’s practice encompasses trial and appellate representation of her clients in arbitrations, state courts and federal courts across the country.

Representative Matters

  • Represented municipality in prosecution of insurance coverage and bad faith claims resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement mid-trial.
  • Obtained on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversal of district court’s judgment denying an insurer’s duty to defend a multi-million dollar underlying Lanham Act litigation.
  • Through bad faith litigation, obtained compensatory award and ongoing payment of defense fees and costs in underlying litigation for which healthcare policyholder’s exposure exceeded $20 million.
  • Led team in multimillion dollar settlement and payment of ongoing defense in a series of high-stakes and decades-long litigations for municipal policyholder through bad faith litigation obtaining insurer-funded settlement in excess of $25 million.
  • Obtained 100% insurer reimbursement toward settlement of high profile land use litigation and full payment of client’s defense fees and costs.
  • Represented local municipality in obtaining full insurer-funded defense of multi-party CERCLA action based on alleged contamination of private lake over decades.
  • Obtained insurer contribution toward settlement and defense fees in multiple intellectual property, wrongful death, construction defects employment practices, and products liability litigations through pre-litigation negotiations.
  • Reversed denial of coverage under Memorandum of Coverage following appellate presentation before self-insurance joint powers authority.
  • Obtained contempt order requiring insurers immediately to pay corporate policyholder $9M in defense costs and prejudgment interest or face incarceration.
  • Seminal federal health care fraud prosecution (U.S. v. Weinbaum), including preparation of both expert and percipient witnesses and extensive regulatory analysis.

Recognitions

  • The Daily Transcript Top Attorneys – 2013 (Insurance)

Community

  • Girls Scouts of San Diego -Troop Co-Leader for Troop #3994
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Notre Dame Academy – Bonjour Committee
  • RIMS - The Risk Management Society, San Diego Chapter - Associate Member in international association of risk management professionals
  • San Diego County Bar Association – Appellate Court Committee Past Chair, Insurance and Bad Faith Section Past Chair
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Seventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Northern and Central Districts of California

Education

  • JD, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, summa cum laude, Valedictorian, 2000 (Note & Comment Editor, Catholic University Law Review )
  • BA (Political Science, Minor: International Affairs), Boston College, cum laude, 1992

News Coverage

  • Sistrunk, Jeff. “4 Key insurance Rulings You May Have Missed,” Law360, April 12, 2019.
  • Greenwald, Judy. “Hartford loses dispute with mortgage lender policyholder – again,” Business Insurance, March 6, 2019.
  • Sistrunk, Jeff. “3 Important Insurance Appeals To Watch In December,” Law 360, November 27, 2018.
  • “San Diego Settles Decades–Old Spat Over Border Property,” Daily Journal, November 18, 2015.
  • "San Diego Settles Decades-Old, $136M Business Park Dispute," Law 360, November 18, 2015.
  • "Q&A With Procopio’s Ceci O'Connell Miller,” Law360, March 20, 2013.
  • “Procopio Elects Two Lawyers to Partner,” LawExchange Soundbite, January 29, 2015.
  • Moran, Lyle. “Law Briefs,” The Daily Transcript, January 21, 2015.
  • “The Daily Transcript congratulates Top Attorneys 2013,” The Daily Transcript, July 31, 2013.

Seminars

  • Ceci is a frequent lecturer and author on insurance coverage issues, including advising clients as to best practices to maximize existing insurance coverage and prospectively managing risk.
  • Speaker. “Insurance Law: 2017 Year in Review,” The Insurance/Bad Faith Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, Ca, March 7, 2018.
  • “D&O Liability Insurance: Coverages & Current Issues,” Corporate and Insurance Sections of the San Diego County Bar Association, June 23, 2015.
  • “The Duty to Settle Construction Defects Claims,” Construction and Insurance Sections of the San Diego County Bar Association, September 23, 2015.