Miller, Robert D.

Robert D. Miller

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Robert Miller is Chair of Locke Lord's Public Law Section. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Government Relations Law every year since 2007 and named one of the top three lobbyists in Texas by Capitol Inside, he has demonstrated his skill and dedication by lobbying local, state and federal governments on behalf of public and private concerns for more than 30 years.

Robert Miller is Chair of Locke Lord's Public Law Section. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Government Relations Law every year since 2007 and named one of the top three lobbyists in Texas by Capitol Inside, he has demonstrated his skill and dedication by lobbying local, state and federal governments on behalf of public and private concerns for more than 30 years.

One of his greatest contributions was helping to keep the Houston Astros in Houston by contributing to the creation of a Sports Authority, which led to the construction of a retractable roof stadium. Robert also has held numerous leadership positions in civic organizations, including serving as Chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas.

His representative experience includes:

  • Represented the Houston Astros Baseball Club in drafting and lobbying passage of legislation creating a Sports Authority and authorizing the levying of taxes on car rentals and hotel rooms to fund the construction of a new retractable roof baseball stadium in Houston, Texas. Thereafter, participated in the negotiation of the development, construction and financing documents with the Sports Authority and obtained City and County approval of the deal
  • Represented Uber when it commenced operations in the City of Houston in 2013 and subsequently at the Texas legislature in passing a statewide framework for Transportation Network Companies in 2017
  • Represent Airbnb at both the local and state level in connection with its Texas operations
  • Represent Crown Castle and spearheaded the passage of 5G legislation through the Texas legislature
  • Represent Landry’s, Inc., and Tilman J. Fertitta and provide government relations representation at the local, state and federal level
  • Represent a major distributor of automobiles to design a comprehensive five-state government relations program in order to increase the client's political visibility and business influence in its distribution region. Handle the client's lobbying needs in Texas, and coordinate and monitor the work done by lobbyists in the other four states
  • Served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas, on a volunteer basis and spearheaded the approval and development of Houston's first light rail line
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Education
  • J.D.,

    with honors

    , The University of Texas School of Law, 1985

    Phi Delta Phi
    Order of the Coif

  • B.A.,

    cum laude

    , Rice University, 1982
Bar Admissions
  • Texas
Professional Affiliations
    • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Member, Houston Bar Association
Awards & Recognitions
    • Recognized, Texas Trailblazer, Texas Lawyer (2019)
    • Named, One of Texas’ Top 3 Lobbyists, Capitol Inside (2017-2019)
    • Named, The Best Lawyers in America® for Government Relations Law (2007-2021)
    • Named, Who's Who in American Law (1990)
    • Named, Who's Who in America, 50th Edition (1996)
    • Named, One of Five Outstanding Young Houstonians, Houston Jaycees (1992)
Community Leadership
    • Former Director, Neighborhood Centers Inc.
    • Director, South Main Alliance
    • Former Chairman, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) (1998-2002); Board Member (1996-2003)
    • Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum
    • Former Director, Houston International Festival (1997-2002)
    • Former Director, The Texas Lyceum (1995-1998)
    • Former Director and President, Vote Texas (1995-1998)
    • Former Chairman, Battleship Texas Advisory Board (1988-1992)
    • Member, Finance Committee, Houston Convention Fund (1991-1994)
    • Member, Leadership Houston Class X (1991-1992)
    • Former Director, Citizens' Commission on the Texas Judiciary
    • Former Director, Committee for Judicial Merit Election
    • Former Director, Greater Houston Preservation Alliance
Professional History
    • Partner, Locke Lord LLP
    • Member, Locke Lord LLP Board of Directors
    • Legislative Aide to Senator Don Henderson, The 68th Legislature