The team at Miller & Hightower is comprised of skilled, hard working, and caring lawyers; knowledgeable, experienced, and courteous staff; and multiple experts and professionals, with whom we work when our clients’ cases need specialized support. Together our firm while being small enough to care, has the resources of a large firm with out the high overhead of the large firms. This means that the individuals we represent have available to them quality professional representation at an affordable cost.
Although cost is an important factor in deciding to hire an attorney, it is not the only factor our clients are interested in when hiring Miller & Hightower. We have noticed that our clients are usually looking for a firm that is experienced, knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly while being professional and results oriented. The Miller & Hightower, business model focuses on all of these important factors. The information below is provided so that potential clients can get to know the members of our team. Take a moment to get to know us.
Michael J. Miller, Esq.
Michael J. Miller grew up in Douglas County, Georgia, where he graduated from Alexander High School in 1990. Subsequently, Mike attended the University of West Georgia, where he was active on campus; serving as a Student Government Senator, SGA Judicial Co-Chairman, Inter-fraternity Council President, and President of the Order of Omega. During his tenure at the University of West Georgia, Mike also gained extensive legislative experience while interning with several committees for the Georgia House of Representatives as well as serving as an aide to former State Senator Perry McGuire. Without question, Mr. Miller is well acquainted with the people, and politics of the West Georgia Area
In addition to his familiarity to the West Georgia Area and his experience as a criminal defense lawyer, Mike has also developed extensive knowledge and experience in personal injury and insurance law over the past several years. Mike received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. While in law school, Mike studied both insurance law and criminal practice, including classes in the the law of damages, the law of torts, worker’s compensation law, as well as criminal law, criminal procedure. Mike also performed well in applied classes concentrating on litigation and negotiation giving him a concentration in litigation. Mike was also very active in Cumberland’s nationally renowned Trial Advocacy Program. In addition to his course work, Mike also gained extensive knowledge of DUI law during his research and assistance in writing a comprehensive treatise on Municipal Court, and DUI Law for Judge T. Brad Bishop. As a law student, Mike’s legal career began in the office of the Douglas County District Attorney, David McDade, one of the most demanding, and seasoned prosecutors in the State of Georgia. Mike’s opportunity to work as a prosecutor gave him indispensable courtroom experience. Mike was also involved in the appellate process; writing briefs for argument in the Georgia Court of Appeals. Mr. Miller’s experience in Mr. McDade’s office gave Mike many valuable tools with which he began private practice in Douglas County in November of 2000.
After prosecuting in Douglas County District Attorney’s office, Mike began to work with the firm of W. O’Neal Dettmering, P.C. as a litigation associate. In contemplation of Mr. Dettmering’s appointment to the Douglas County State Court Bench, Mike began his own firm dedicated to defending individuals charged with criminal violations. Initially, Mike’s practice was dedicated to defending criminal cases in Douglas County and the surrounding areas. However, over the years, many individuals and businesses have sought Mike’s advice and representation in the areas of corporate law, administrative law, and civil litigation. For the past several years, more and more individuals who have been injured by the negligent or willful acts of others have entrusted Mike to secure settlements and awards for them to compensate them for their damages.
Today, Mike has dedicated the majority of his practice to preserving the rights of injured parties and fighting against defendants and insurance companies and trucking companies who wrongfully deny claims or fail to reasonably compensate accident victims for their damages in negligence claims. Mike is familiar with the insurance companies’ strategies to offer “quick” settlements, immediately deny liability, or even quickly assign a portion of the liability to the victim. These actions and strategies leave accident victims with tough choices of whether to properly seek treatment, utilize their own insurance, or even go without transportation. Mike’s experience in the area personal injury and insurance law helps his client to receive compensation from various sources of insurance if available. Mike knows that a personal injury case should be properly developed from the moment the accident occurs, and he helps his clients manage their cases so that they can receive maximum value on their case so that they can concentrate on recovering from their injuries.
In addition to the normal “accident case,” Mike also is knowledgeable and experienced in cases that involve willful and wanton behavior such as collisions caused by impaired drivers or intentional tort cases as well as the technical and often times extremely tragic trucking cases. Specifically, Mike’s knowledge and experience in DUI law has enabled him to protect victims of collisions caused by impaired drivers. Through his experience, Mike has become very knowledgeable of the issues surrounding Driving Under the Influence and the severe consequences that DUI can have on innocent victims. In fact, Governor Barnes, looked to Mike’s experience and expertise with DUI laws and teenage driver issues when he appointed Mike to the Blue Ribbon Young Drivers and DUI Study Commission for the State of Georgia. Mike has utilized his experience and expertise to benefit the victims of DUI accidents. Mike routinely receives settlements and verdicts that compensate his clients for their damages and punish DUI drivers for their willful disregard for the safety of others.
Even though Mike has extensive knowledge and experience with the technical, substantive, and procedural law regarding personal injury cases, he also recognizes the intangible value of knowing the communities where he practices law. Many times, insurance companies are aware of the value of verdicts provided by juries in different areas of the state. Insurance companies and defense lawyers generally believe that juries in the West Georgia Area are conservative and are less likely to provide large or even reasonable awards to injured parties. Based upon this belief, insurance adjusters and defense lawyers often discount the value of victim’s cases and their settlement offers. Consequently, Mike stays involved in the West Georgia Area in an effort to maintain trust and familiarity with its citizens.
By staying informed of the law and involved in the community, Mike takes a comprehensive approach to helping people who have been injured by others. He works hard to provide compensation for his clients’ injuries, but he also looks for ways to help his clients identify and utilize any and all available insurance to ensure that they can get the treatment and compensation they deserve.
Dustin W. Hightower, Esq.
Dusty Hightower grew up in Carroll County, Georgia where he graduated from Central High School (“CHS”). Upon graduating from CHS, Dusty attended the University of West Georgia (“UWG”) where he graduated cum laude. During Dusty’s time at UWG, he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity, Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Society, Order of Omega Honor Society, University Ambassadors, Student Activities Council, Student Government Association, and the Inter Fraternity Council. Although Dusty was heavily involved in extra curricular activities, Dusty regularly made the National Deans List, was named an Ingram Scholar, and received the Spark’s Memorial medal for outstanding GPA three out of the four years he was in school. Dusty continues to be dedicated to UWG by currently serving on UWG’s National Alumni Association.
Dusty received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. While in law school, Dusty was selected to serve as Notes and Comments Editor on John Marshall’s inaugural law review journal, the John Marshall Law Journal. Dusty was honored by having his comment, Student Searches and Seizures: Georgia’s Current Approach and Recommended Change, chosen for publication.
Also, during law school, Dusty gained extensive litigation experience practicing under the Third Year Practice Act and the Graduate Act, returning to Carrollton to practice law as a prosecutor with long time Carroll County Solicitor, Mr. Jimmy Tuggle. During his time in the Carroll County Solicitor’s Office, Dusty prosecuted Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases, and a variety of other criminal cases. Dusty also became a certified mediator while in law school and mediated for the Fulton County Court system, successfully mediating over 75 cases.
Dusty’s experience as a prosecutor and dedication to his client’s has developed him into a well regarded litigator. Dusty has quickly impressed judges, prosecutors and opposing attorneys with his level of preparation and knowledge of the general law, and performance in the courtroom. While Dusty performs well for his criminal and divorce clients, his trial experience and his particular experience and knowledge of DUI cases provides an invaluable resource to Miller & Hightower’s Personal Injury practice as well. He often evaluates and assists in injury cases where our clients are injured by drunk and impaired drivers.
Dusty’s familiarity with the Carroll County Court system and his positive relationships with officers and prosecutors often times assists our clients with proving negligence in their civil cases and with mitigating the damage to our clients facing criminal charges. In addition, Dusty’s certification in DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing is critical to providing evidence of impairment necessary to show a defendant’s wilfull and wanton actions leading to punitive damages being available to Miller & Hightower’s clients. Finally, Dusty’s meticulous nature is an invaluable asset to our clients who are facing domestic problems.
Sutton T. Slover, Esq., Of Counsel
Sutton Slover was born in South Georgia where he lived until his family moved to Atlanta in the late 80’s. Sutton attended Reinhardt College receiving his Bachelors Degree with honors. He went on to attend Florida State University’s School of Law.
Before graduating law school, Sutton accepted a position to practice law at a large Atlanta insurance defense firm, where his practice focused on defending workers’ compensation and trucking accident claims.
After his tenure representing insurance companies Sutton began his own law firm, with offices in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia. Sutton’s practice now focuses 100% on representing individuals injured from the negligence of others. He has represented clients who have been injured as the result of on the car accidents, common carrier collisions, unsafe premises, and on-the-job injuries. Sutton brings exceptional knowledge and experience in the area of workers’ compensation to Miller & Hightower and the West Georgia Area. In addition to his expertise, his honesty and dedication to his clients is a perfect fit with the hard working attorneys and staff at Miller & Hightower.
Sutton is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Middle Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Atlanta, Macon, and Dougherty County Bar Associations and the American Association for Justice. He is also admitted to practice in the State and Superior Courts of Georgia, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia and the Middle District of Georgia. Sutton resides in south Atlanta with his wife and in his free time enjoys being in the outdoors hunting and fishing. In addition Sutton enjoys visiting small towns and historic sites in Georgia. Not only does Sutton’s legal expertise blend well at Miller & Hightower, but his love of small town practice and his desire to protect individuals in his community adhere to the Miller & Hightower Philosophy.
Amy Newton grew up in Douglasville, Georgia. She attended Douglas County High School. Upon graduation from DCHS, Amy pursued a degree from Augusta College in Augusta, Georgia. Her career in law began in 1996, when she began working with Kenneth L. Shigley, Esq., a well known Atlanta lawyer whose practice focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, and trucking cases. At the Shigley Law Firm, Amy was introduced to the litigation process and became familiar with the Georgia Superior and State Court procedures. Amy has worked with other attorneys in the Atlanta and Douglasville area gaining experience in a wide range of legal matters including personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, domestic cases, juvenile cases, criminal defense, and real estate closings.
In 1999, Amy returned to her hometown and accepted a paralegal position with a local, Douglasville with a firm of whose main focus was litigating criminal defense, personal injury and domestic issues. In 2000 Amy began working with Hartley, Rowe & Fowler, P.C. where she worked on commercial litigation, workers’ compensation, and personal injury cases. In 2006, Amy accepted a paralegal position from Mike Miller who brought her into his firm of Michael J. Miller, P.C., wherein Amy was able to utilize all of her prior experience of ten years and assist Mike in the handling of the firm’s criminal defense and person injury cases. Today, Amy manages Miller & Hightower’s personal injury practice, working to help our clients receive compensation for injuries received by the acts of others.
Amy is a vital part of Miller & Hightower’s hometown team of professionals. Growing up in Douglasville and living in Paulding County, Amy stays involved in the Douglas County and Paulding County communities and she works hard to take care of her neighbors who rely on Miller & Hightower.
Erin Ward was born in Douglasville, Georgia and shortly thereafter moved to Cobb County, Georgia where she grew up and attended Harrison High School freshman thru junior year and then continued her high school career and graduated from Villa Rica High School.
Shortly after graduating High School, Erin began working for Michael J. Miller, P.C., the predecessor to Miller & Hightower, as a receptionist. Although her initial tasks were receptionist duties, Erin quickly became familiar with inner workings of the office and began assisting with managing files. Her diligence couple with her commitment to clients, and her genuine desire to help people quickly made her an invaluable part of the Miller & Hightower team. Today, not only does Erin manage client communications throughout the office, but she also assists in preparing both criminal and civil cases for mediation and trial.
Sally Cunningham, Millennium Investigations:
Sally Cunningham, a Licensed Professional Private Investigator and Consultant, has served Clients in West Georgia for nearly 20 years. An integral part of our team at WestGeorgiaInjuryLawyers.com, Sally brings years of investigative experience in Personal Injury Investigations, Criminal Defense, Fraud Investigations, and Domestic and Child Custody disputes. Conducting Field Investigations, Witness Development, Locate and Interviews, and Surveillance, Sally, and her team of Professional Licensed Investigators at Millennium Investigations, Inc., has assisted and made significant contributions to locating defendants and finding evidence proving a defendant’s liability. In the area of Personal Injury cases, Sally has countless times successfully located a defendant for service, and has found key witnesses who have provided information that have helped us reach a settlement or win our case. Her expertise in the area of Witness Development, Locate, and Interview has not only provided indispensable information, but has even convinced uncooperative witnesses to do the right thing! A lifelong advocate of those who have been injured at the hands of others, she is wholeheartedly committed to uncovering the whole truth of an event or circumstance, and finding those who avoid being responsible for their negligence or wrongful acts.
Graduating Summa Cum Laude from Ohio University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Sally moved to NYC to further pursue a career in Theatre. Over the next two years, she completed graduate studies in NYC at the William Esper Actors Studio. She met her husband, and now co-owner of Millennium Investigations, Inc., Robert Cunningham. The couple married and moved to Atlanta in 1989. A career in Private Investigations began when she was hired as an Apprentice for a local Atlanta Investigations Firm in 1990. The firm felt her passion for creativity, and talent for acting, would be a good match for the investigator they were seeking. Dually licensed through that agency 6 months later, she spent the next four years developing her skills as a field investigator, gradually becoming highly proficient in all facets of investigation, specializing in Criminal and Fraud Investigations. Being a quick study and having a new passion for her field, Sally took the Georgia State Licensing Exam in 1994 and obtained her own Agency License, operating as “Peach State Investigations, Inc.” In 1998 she established Millennium Investigations, Inc., which remains a vibrant and well respected Investigations Firm located in the Atlanta area today. With now nearly 20 years of experience in the field of Private Investigations, she attributes her success to hard work and plenty of valuable mentorship over the years from those more knowledgeable and qualified than she. She continues to lead a full staff of other dedicated and qualified license investigators, who share her vision for helping others.
Depending on the specifics of each individual case we often times employ the use of experts such as structural engineers, accident re-constructionists, photographers, forensic engineers, economists, vocational rehabilitation experts, life care planners, and a host of other professionals who assist us with our cases to maximize the value of our client’s cases.