Firm History

Historic Dunn's Buiding, Old Oakland

Historic Dunn’s Building, Old Oakland

Miller & Washington LLP was established in 1989 by attorneys of the former Miller & Ngo.  The name may be new, but the same philosophies and values behind Miller & Ngo’s success for almost 30 years remain.

We are located in Old Oakland’s historic Dunn’s Building, which served as the western terminus hotel when the “golden spike” was driven in 1869 to link Eastern states with the Far West.  The Dunn’s Building was carefully restored to its original condition in 1989 by Tom Wolf, a professor of California history.   Miller & Ngo became a part of an even greater link between Asia, the United States and the world.  It opened the first U.S. law office in Vietnam after the war, established the Vietnam Green Building Council; and IPO Pang, PC (www.ipopang.com), headed by Fortune 500 attorney, Peter Pang, has partnered with us in various projects in China and Southeast Asia.  The firm also works with a network of attorneys who are specialists in other areas.

Principal partner Tom Miller, a graduate of Yale University, Stanford Law School and Columbia University’s Parker School of Foreign & Comparative Law, founded Miller & Ngo in 1989.  The firm engaged in general civil litigation, and Tom led his associates in the practice of personal injury law, business law, international law, immigration law, non-profit and family law, as well as other areas.  Miller & Ngo launched several IPO’s and established limited partnerships in areas such as food products, micro-brewing, manufacturing, book investments and computer software.  The firm also engaged in book and software packaging and licensing with major publishers and computer hardware manufacturers such as Bantam, Microsoft, Dow Jones, Epson, Kyocera and companies associated with Masayoshi Son.  Before starting his legal career he helped form The Peace Corps and, during the Vietnam War, established the Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Vietnam to treat war-injured children.

Natashe Washington is an experienced litigator who had a distinguished career as a Senior Prosecutor in high profile criminal cases in South Africa for ten years before passing the New York and California bar exams and joining Miller & Washington.  She currently focuses on special education law, personal injury, family and immigration law.  

Jessica San Luis’ over 15 years’ experience in immigration law and other areas of the law as a Paralegal brings further depth and experience to the firm.

The firm is dedicated to helping those in need of legal representation and counsel, but face linguistic, cultural or economic barriers.  Our attorneys have provided significant pro bono services through Green Cities Fund (www.greencitiesfund.org) and most cases are accepted on a contingency basis.  All special education cases are accepted at no cost to parents.