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C.J.
Cody J. "C.J." Miller
822 Harding Street
P.O. Box 52008
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503

Overview

C.J. Miller is a business lawyer in the firm’s Lafayette office, with experience practicing in the areas of commercial finance, secured transactions, commercial real estate, general business law, and estate planning and succession administration.

In these areas, C.J. has worked with:

  • Local, regional, and national banks on all manner of commercial loan projects;
  • Businesses, both as main counsel and local counsel, as they buy, sell, and lease commercial real estate, including land, multifamily housing projects, and commercial and residential developments;
  • Owners and management, as they form new business entities, negotiate and enter into various business contracts, and plan and implement mergers and acquisitions; 
  • Individuals, as they plan their wills and other estate planning documents; and
  • Administrators of successions, as they seek advice in implementing the provisions of a will, and heirs and legatees of successions, as they seek possession of the property left to them.

C.J.’s practice routinely leads him to engage in the drafting, negotiation, and review of entity formation documents, operating agreements, bylaws, purchase and sale agreements, commercial lease agreements, loans, mortgages, security agreements, and other transactional documents. C.J. also drafts wills, trusts, and powers of attorney for his estate planning clients and reviews and administers succession documents for his succession administration clients. 

C.J. received his Juris Doctor and Diploma of Comparative Law from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, summa cum laude, where he graduated first in his class and was elected to the Order of the Coif. C.J. served as the Executive Senior Editor of the Louisiana Law Review, and he received the 2016 Association Henri Capitant Award for an Outstanding Comment on a Civil or Comparative Law Topic for his comment, “Boudreaux v. Cummings: Time to Interrupt an Erroneous Approach to Acquisitive Prescription”. 

Involvement

Professional

  • Member, Louisiana Bankers Association, Bank Counsel Section, 2019-present

  • Member, Louisiana State Law Institute Lease of Movables Act Committee, 2018-present

  • Member, American Inn of Court of Acadiana, 2018-present

  • Junior Member representing Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State Law Institute, 2018

Community

  • Member, The 705, 2019-present
  • Adult Choir Member and Lector, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Milton

Recognition

  • Acadiana Profile "Top Lawyer" in Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Transactions Law, 2020
  • Acadiana Profile "Top Lawyer" in Real Estate Law, 2019
  • CALI Award, Highest Grade Achieved in the Class, 26 classes
  • Order of the Coif
  • 2016 Association Henri Capitant Award for an Outstanding Comment on a Civil or Comparative Law Topic
  • Outstanding Graduate, Department of Political Science
  • Inductee, Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society
  • Presidential Leadership Award, 2014

Acadiana Profile Top Lawyer 2020