Vanessa Miller is a litigation partner with Foley & Lardner LLP and Chair Manufacturing Sector – Automotive, as well as on the advisory committee of the firm’s Manufacturing Sector. She served as a former chair of the Detroit office’s Litigation Department. Vanessa’s practice focuses on a wide array of supply chain disputes, including breach of contract and warranty claims, automotive supply chain issues and maintaining continuity of supply, defending manufacturers against class actions, trade secret misappropriation claims and business torts.
Vanessa has successfully managed, litigated and tried cases in state and federal courts, as well as handled appellate proceedings. She has significant experience handling complex international arbitrations in various venues, including the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services Inc. (JAMS) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). Vanessa also has represented clients in commercial mediations, which have resulted in the early resolution of legal disputes and creative business solutions for parties continuing to do business together.
In addition to her litigation, international arbitration and mediation experience, Vanessa regularly counsels clients on various commercial contracts, supply chain agreements, supply chain shortages and related negotiations. Vanessa is the author of the forthcoming executive handbook (to be published in 2022) Law of the Automotive and Manufacturing Supply Chain: A Handbook for Success.
Prior to joining Foley, Vanessa was a law clerk to the Honorable Patrick J. Duggan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Vanessa earned her law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Denver College of Law (J.D., 2004), where she was elected to the Order of St. Ives and served as general editor for the University of Denver Law Review and training editor for the Journal of International Law. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with distinction (B.A., 2001).
Vanessa is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She is also an active member of the Federal Bar Association. She serves on the board of directors for the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation as the Vice President, Industry Outreach, which provides scholarships to advance and empower women in the automotive industry. For the past three years, Vanessa has served on the Board of Directors for the not-for-profit Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF), with the stated mission of advancing and empowering women in Automotive.