J. Mark MillerPartner
Mark Miller brings more than two decades of experience to his business advisory, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, and wealth, business succession, and estate planning practice. He is dedicated to preserving the integrity of smaller and middle-market companies, including privately owned and family businesses. In addition to assisting his clients to realize their return-on-investment objectives, he works with owners and families to safeguard business continuity and wealth preservation for generations to come.
Mark’s transactional commercial law practice includes representing businesses and individuals across the full array of business transactions, including strategic mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, real estate, and other tactical arrangements. He advises on many types of business structures and corporate governance matters.
A trusted, proven, and smart negotiator who listens and finds solutions to even the most difficult problems and seemingly disparate positions, Mark is known for his highly effective contract negotiation skills.
Mark also brings focused expertise to advising business owners involved in the timber and forestry industry. He negotiates, documents, and closes their most important transactions.
Mark believes in collaborating with his business clients to plan for their company’s future through sound succession planning. He works with a variety of business owners and family businesses to ensure daily operations, liquidity, and opportunity continue to the next generation. In addition to advising on organizational structure, estate planning, compensation, and exit strategies, Mark understands the many challenges and emotions that can infuse business succession transitions.
As a natural extension of his business advisory and wealth and estate preservation practice, Mark also advises on estate planning, probate law, and interdictions. He represents trustees, executors, beneficiaries, and heirs throughout all phases of estate and trust administration, as well as advises on fiduciary law matters. Mark resolves disagreements between beneficiaries/heirs and fiduciaries and navigates clients through and beyond probate of estates and the post-death administration of trusts. He has earned his stellar reputation for his depth of legal acumen, consummate professionalism, productive communication, and personal sensitivity when guiding clients beyond the personal and family dynamics that arise when consolidating, valuing, liquidating, administering, and transferring assets.
- Representation of buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions of corporations and limited liability companies including lender and seller-financed transactions, earnout arrangements, and rollover equity investments
- Representation of telecommunication companies regarding asset acquisitions and sales
- Representation of local and regional solid waste and recycling companies in equity sales
- Representation of local and regional equipment rental companies in asset sales
- Representation of local and regional manufacturing and fabrication companies in asset and equity sales
- Representation of timber companies and timber processing mills in asset sales
- Representation of corporations and limited liability companies as general corporate counsel
- Representation of companies regarding preparation or review of corporate governance documents, vendor agreements, lease agreements, indemnification agreements, buy/sell agreements, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, employment agreements, and contractor agreements
- Representation of finance companies, corporations, and shareholders in the drafting, reviewing, and finalization of commercial loan documents
- Representation of shareholders, members, and partners in ownership disputes of corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships
- Representation of creditors in collection actions on notes and accounts, including executory process proceedings
- Probate of uncontested and contested estates
- Representation of legatees, heirs, executors, administrators, and creditors in succession proceedings
- Representation of clients in complex probate proceedings, including action for recovery of succession assets
- Representation of trustees and beneficiaries in trust matters
- Representation of property and timber company owners in sales and purchases of residential and commercial real estate
- Representation of co-owners in real estate partition proceedings
Mark earned his B.S. in Finance from Louisiana State University, Shreveport in 1994. He earned his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1997. After law school, Mark served as a judicial law clerk for the 14th Judicial District Court in Calcasieu Parish.
- Admitted, Louisiana, 1997; United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, United States Court of Appeal, Fifth Circuit; and United States Supreme Court
- Shreveport, Natchitoches, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel – Board Member
- Personal Liability of Business Owners: Is Your Client's Liability Really "Limited?", Society of Certified Public Accountants, November 20, 2023
- Update: Certain Uncertainties Resolved by SBA Regarding Payroll Costs of Partnerships and Sole Proprietors Applying for CARES Act Payroll Protection Program Loans, Louisiana Law Blog, April 15, 2020
- Traps for the Unwary: Not All State Tax Deadlines Have Been Extended, Louisiana Law Blog, April 15, 2020
- Uncertainties Created by Tax and Accounting Issues Raised by the Paycheck Protection Program in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Louisiana Law Blog, April 2, 2020
- Co-Presenter, Putting the CARES Act to Work for Your Business, Kean Miller Webinar, April 2, 2020
- Tax Related Employment and Employee Benefits Changes in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Louisiana Law Blog, April 1, 2020
- Tax and Accounting Implications of the $2 Trillion Stimulus to Assist Individuals and Businesses Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, Louisiana Law Blog, March 27, 2020