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Clifford J. Miller

Honolulu, Hawaii

Clifford J. Miller is Co-Founder of the firm, a Senior Member of its Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Business/Real Estate practice group.  For more than 37 years Cliff has represented and advised institutions and individuals in a broad and widely varied range of business matters, including the following:

 •    Structuring, negotiating and documenting commercial and residential real estate development projects, acquisitions and dispositions, including office buildings, resort hotels, mixed-use residential and retail commercial condominiums, residential subdivisions, shopping centers, and theme parks; structuring and negotiating ground leases and tenant leases for the foregoing; negotiating and preparing contracts with architects, engineers, environmental consultants, construction companies, and others for the development of major real estate projects; negotiating and preparing hotel management and technical services agreements for hotels

 •    Structuring, organizing, and reorganizing limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures, corporations

 •    Mergers and acquisition of operating businesses

 •    Structuring and negotiating acquisition, construction, long-term, bridge and operating loans and lines of credit for institutional and private lenders and borrowers

 •    Negotiating and documenting workouts and restructuring of loans for lenders and borrowers

 •    Negotiating and documenting agreements with actors, musicians, talent managers and agents, and production companies

Mr. Miller served as General Counsel for the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) for over 10 years, during which he advised PBEC on the admission of China to PBEC, and represents companies and individuals based in and/or doing business in China and Japan.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1989

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Acquisitions, Development and Financing
  • Business Acquisitions and Organizations
  • Multi-Media

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1973
  • Hawaii, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 1974


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • J.D. - 1973
  • University of California, Irvine, California
    • B.A. - 1969
    • Major: History

Representative Clients

  • Brookfield Homes Hawaii Inc.
  • Douglas Emmett Properties, LLP
  • Paul Allen (Co-Founder of Microsoft) - Hawaii projects
  • Prudential Real Estate Investors
  • Seven-Eleven Hawaii, Inc.
  • Shell Vacations LLC
  • Starwood Vacation Ownership
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Village Roadshow, Ltd

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell - AV Preeminent
  • The Best Lawyers in America (25 years+)
  • Chambers USA (America's Leading Lawyers for Business) - Band l (highest ranking) - Real Property
  • Super Lawyers
  • LawDragon 3000 - Top 3000 U.S. lawyers
  • Honolulu Magazine, "Hawaii's Top Lawyers" - Real Estate (20 years+)
  • Who's Who in American Law (25 years+)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (elected to Membership in 1988)
  • American Bar Association, Sections on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; Business Law; International Law and Practice; Law Practice Management
  • State Bar of California, Sections on Real Estate, Business, International Practice
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Sections on Real Property and Financial Services, Corporations and Securities, International Law
  • L.A. County Bar Association
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference

Past Employment Positions

  • Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1981 - 1989
  • Rice Lee & Wong, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1974 - 1981

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