Alan S. Miller

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Alan has more than thirty years of experience in complex litigation and counseling, concentrating in the areas of environmental law, insurance coverage and bad faith, and commercial litigation. He is chair of the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation practice and co-chairs the Environmental and Energy Law practice. He has represented business clients, insurance companies and individuals in significant disputes involving insurance coverage, environmental contamination and regulatory compliance, including resulting from natural gas production, and disputes involving insurance coverage and insurance  bad faith.

His environmental law practice has involved municipal, residual, and hazardous waste permitting and compliance, contribution and cost recovery actions under CERCLA and related state statutes, natural resource damages, contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, air and water pollution regulatory enforcement actions, oil and gas drilling compliance and transactions, and real estate transactions involving contaminated and recycled industrial sites.

His insurance law practice involves representing insurance companies in a wide array of coverage disputes, both before litigation and in court, arising out of commercial, property and personal lines policies, including disputes over coverage for claims involving construction defects, exposure to toxic substances, product defects, infringement of intellectual property rights and violations of consumer protection laws.

Alan is a former trial attorney with the Environmental Enforcement Section, United States Department of Justice, and Assistant Counsel with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. He is a frequent lecturer, course planner and author of materials for continuing legal education courses in the areas of environmental law and insurance coverage.


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  • Representation of manufacturer in actions seeking recovery of CERCLA response cases and natural resource damages on major sediment Superfund site.
  • Representation of a waste disposal company in various regulatory and permitting matters involving solid waste, water and air permitting, including litigation arising out of regulatory decisions.
  • Representation of a major chemical manufacturer in several matters under CERCLA and HSCA concerning multiple disposal sites where its waste was disposed by a transporter.
  • Representation of a chemical manufacturer in CERCLA litigation addressing long-tail environmental liabilities at various present and former manufacturing facilities.
  • Representation of a hazardous waste disposal company in permitting and regulatory compliance matters.
  • Representation of a municipal water company in an action against the owners and operators of several industrial facilities located near public water supply wells for damages caused by groundwater contamination from industrial solvents.
  • Representation of municipal sewer authority involving oil and natural gas wastewaters.
  • Representation of a generator of listed hazardous wastes in an action brought by the owner of the disposal company which accepted them for delivery to and disposal at the disposal company’s landfill. The action, which was brought under the federal and state superfund laws as well as Pennsylvania common law, sought several million dollars in the estimated costs involved in closing the landfill in compliance with Pennsylvania hazardous waste disposal regulations.
  • Representation of an oil recovery and environmental remediation company involving alleged CERCLA liability for contamination at an oil reclamation facility.
  • Representation of a hazardous waste disposal company which transported industrial wastes to a municipal landfill, in an action brought by the United States Environmental Protection Agency seeking to compel generators and transporters of industrial wastes to finance the estimated $50 million closure of the landfill.
  • Representation of a plastics manufacturer against a former industrial owner and operator of the premises arising out of groundwater contaminated with various hazardous substances.
  • Representation of waste disposal company in challenge to constitutionality of state regulation imposing a harms versus benefits test for permitting.
  • Representation of discount grocer in purchasing land within a recycled industrial park for construction of a distribution facility.
  • Representation of non-profit corporation in the purchase of properties contaminated by the release of gasoline from underground storage tanks at a former gasoline station.
  • Representation of a class of city residents against major oil company arising out of inundation of homes with gasoline fumes caused by release from underground storage tanks.
  • Representation of municipal water authority protecting against threatened contamination of public water supply presented by major release of gasoline from underground storage tanks.
  • Representation of a municipal operator of a sewage collection and treatment system in multifaceted litigation arising out of the alleged contamination of farm land from cadmium contained in sewage sludge used as a fertilizer and soil conditioner on the land.
  • Negotiation of leases for siting of Marcellus gas processing facility.
  • Negotiation of Marcellus gas drilling leases.
  • Representation of insurer in suit seeking coverage for claims involving construction defects on planned residential development. Summary judgment granted to insurer. Northridge Village, L.P. et al v. The Travelers Indemnity Co., 2017 U.S. District LEXIS 140541 (E.D. Pa. 2017). 
  • Representation of excess insurer in coverage and bad faith actions involving multiple underlying claims arising out of exposures to asbestos, silica and coal dust.
  • Representation of insurer in coverage action brought by insured involving copyright infringement judgment. OneBeacon Ins. Co. v. William A. Graham Co. et al., No. 2009-41636 (C.P. Montgomery Cty. Dec. 14, 2011) aff’d60 A.3d 586 (Pa. Super. 2012).
  • Representation of insurer in coverage action involving claims made coverage for professional services. Reported decision; McMillen Engineering, Inc. v. The Travelers Indemnity Co. 744 F. Supp. 2d 416 (W.D. Pa. 2010).
  • Representation of insurer in action for coverage and bad faith arising out of claims against policyholder under FACTA. Reported decision, Whole Enchilada, Inc., v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co., 581 F. Supp. 2d 677 (W.D. Pa. 2008).
  • Representing insurance companies in coverage litigation brought by manufacturers of tobacco products seeking coverage for third-party personal injury claims allegedly arising out of use of tobacco products.
  • Representing insurer in action for declaratory judgment and bad faith arising out of claims against policyholder for blast fax liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Reported decision, Melrose Hotel Co. v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. 432 F. Supp. 2d 488 (E.D. Pa. 2006), aff’d, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 22711 (3d Cir. Sept. 25, 2007).
  • Representation of insurer against claim for coverage brought by persons exposed to asbestos who had not yet been diagnosed with disease. Reported decision Erdely v. Hinchcliffe and Keener, Inc. et al., 875 A.2d 1078 (Pa. Super. 2005), appeal denied, 890 A.2d 1059 (Pa. 2005).
  • Representing insurance company involving coverage issues raised by multiple actions arising out of contaminated pharmaceutical products.
  • Representing insurer in actions for bad faith arising out of underinsured and uninsured motorist claims.
  • Representation of insurance company in coverage and bad faith action involving advertising injury coverage for trademark infringement claims and circumstances requiring retention of independent counsel under Pennsylvania law. Reported decision Maddox v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 70 Fed. Appx. 77 (3d Cir. 2003).
  • Representation of insurance company in garnishment action seeking coverage under commercial general liability policy for defective log home kit. Reported decision Freestone v. New England Log Homes, Inc. and North River Insurance Co., 819 A.2d 550 (Pa. Super. 2003), appeal denied, 2003 Pa. LEXIS 1460 (Pa. 2003).
  • Representation of insurance company in breach of contract and bad faith claims arising out of denial of coverage under public entity management policy.
  • Representation of insurance companies in bankruptcy court involving coverage disputes arising out of asbestos liabilities and attempts to assign policy rights to a trust under plans of reorganization.
  • Representing insurance companies which issued environmental remediation bonds in forfeiture litigation initiated by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Representing excess insurers in indemnity dispute arising from national class action settlement involving a national restaurant chain.
  • Representation of insurance company in coverage action brought by industrial insured seeking coverage for environmental liabilities under pre-pollution exclusion policies.
  • Representation of insurance broker involving claims arising out of owner-controlled wrap up insurance programs for turnpike construction project and publicly funded convention center.
  • Defending chain of craft stores against claims of failing to comply with credit card receipt requirements under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.
  • Defending a manufacturer of industrial fans against breach of contract, warranty and indemnity claims brought by electric utility.
  • Defending manufacturer against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and conversion brought by its principal competitor.
  • Defending accounting firm against claims of errors and omissions in financial audits.
  • Defending insurance broker against claims of errors and omissions in the placement of business risk insurance.