Camille M. Miller, Class of 1991
Co-chair of the intellectual property practice at Cozen O'Connor
A co-chair of the Intellectual Property Department at the law firm Cozen O’Connor, Camille Miller specializes in all aspects of intellectual property law, including trademark, trade dress, copyright, unfair competition, right of privacy, right of publicity, domain names, counterfeiting, licensing, trade secret and franchising law. She has represented a number of major corporations and high profile clients including the National Association for Stock and Auto Racing (NASCAR), Jon Bon Jovi and the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team and the estate of the author of the song “Disco Inferno.” She was named a Top IP Attorney by Chambers USA each year from 2006 to 2012 and was named one of the Top 50 Trademark Lawyers in the US by Trademark Insider in 2007. Miller is an active member of the International Trademark Association, participating on the Trademark Classification Committee, the Trademark Trade Dress Committee, the Trademark Reporter Committee and the Emerging Issues Subcommittee of the Issues and Policy Committee in recent years. She has published numerous articles, has spoken on IP issues for many legal associations and has been interviewed by general press and legal outlets including Philadelphia Business Journal, Women’s Wall Street and USA Today.
What has been your greatest challenge?
I would say work/life balance. Juggling the demands of being a mother with being not only a lawyer, but also a manager. What works for me is always being in the moment of what I am doing. When I was at work, it was 100% work. I didn’t talk to my children throughout the day; I was just focused on work. When I wasn’t at work; I had a very clear demarcation so my kids had me completely.
What has been your greatest professional achievement?
Probably the growth and development of the IP practice at Cozen. When I first went there they didn’t have an IP practice, and I think it was challenging initially because they didn’t have a track record. You have to go out there and spend a lot of time and energy to build up the brand awareness to get these lawyers to come. In 2002, there were just a few IP lawyers, and now we have 45 IP lawyers, over 100 people and 5 offices.
How did Chicago-Kent prepare you for your present success?
Chicago-Kent gave me a practical application of the law. It continues to do this very well- they don’t just teach their lawyers theory. When I was in school, there was always a business component to things.
Who was your favorite professor?
Either Spak or Conviser. I don’t know if I could choose between the two - Spak has a wonderful sense of humor and Conviser did as well. They kept drier subjects entertaining.
What would people find most surprising about you?
I think my sense of adventure. At work, I’m the boss and I’m very intense and focused, and I know that. People don’t necessarily think of the person behind the manager, so I think they would be most surprised about my sense of adventure.