Ronnie L. Miller is of counsel in the Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis offices of Barnes & Thornburg. A member of the firm's Government Services and Finance Department, Ronnie serves as federal compliance counsel for government services and is also involved with professional responsibility and various legal ethics and conflict matters. He is involved in political law issues and advises clients on election and campaign laws, political action committees, and lobbying activities. Additionally, Ronnie is also a member of the Litigation and Labor and Employment Law departments and remains active in assisting firm clients with workforce development and SUTA tax issues.
Ronnie initially directed his practice to corporate matters that included mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, employment law and contractual relationships. He has also assisted low-income individuals in family law, criminal and litigation cases through the Modest Means program with the Indiana Bar Association. More recently, Ronnie has also been active with Indiana Legal Services' LGBTQ Project.
Ronnie worked in various IT positions as well as operations and systems management in the years prior to attending law school. He received training in Six Sigma and Total Quality Management, and has frequently participated in quality and process improvement initiatives.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Ronnie served as a deputy commissioner and general counsel at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, where he was the agency's chief legal counsel, overseeing all aspects of agency legal affairs, program integrity, quality, compliance and ethics. In this role, Ronnie briefed the department's case and assisted the Indiana Attorney General's Office with arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court in Franklin Electric Company, Inc. v. Unemployment Insurance Appeals of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, 953 N.E. 2d 1066. Before being named to the position of Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel, Ronnie served as the department's director of appeals and chief administrative law judge, where he personally presided over more than 3,000 administrative cases involving claims for unemployment insurance compensation, and directed the activities of more than twenty Administrative Law Judges located around Indiana.
Ronnie has also served as the director of trial court management for the Indiana Supreme Court, during which time he served as primary staff to a select sub-committee of the Court's Record's Management Committee for a year-long consideration of confidentiality and access to court records. That effort culminated in significant revisions to Indiana Administrative Rule 9 concerning public access to court records, which is a topic that Ronnie has spoken on frequently. Ronnie also worked as the court administrator for the Marion Superior Court system, where he oversaw the administration responsible for 35 courts and nearly 700 employees.
Since 1999, Ronnie has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he teaches classes on business law and other legal issues, as well as ethics, negotiation and conflict resolution.
Governor's Public Service Achievement Award from former Gov. Mitch Daniels, 2010