Associate Samantha Miller Recognized as One of the Top Young Attorneys in Maryland

Samantha Miller
Samantha Miller

Zuckerman Spaeder is pleased to announce that Baltimore Associate Samantha Miller has been named to Maryland Daily Record’s Generation J.D. list. The recognition, which is part of the Leaders in Law Awards, honors attorneys who “demonstrate professional accomplishment, community service and a strong commitment to the legal profession early in their careers.”

Ms. Miller began her legal career as a Baltimore City assistant public defender, before joining Zuckerman Spaeder’s Baltimore office. Combining a deep commitment to justice with exceptional litigation skills, Samantha regularly plays important roles in some of the office’s most consequential legal matters.

In one such case, she and her Zuckerman Spaeder colleagues represented a Maryland doctor and clinic operator who was accused of overbilling Medicare. The client was convicted of health care fraud, but Ms. Miller and her team believed in his innocence. Undaunted, they began a new effort to clear his name. Their work resulted in a stunning 2023 ruling in which the trial judge overturned the jury’s verdict, finding that the record “lack[ed] evidence from which a reasonable jury could find” the client guilty.

Ms. Miller also helped lead a lawsuit against the Calvert County Sheriff for limiting access to public records through the imposition of exorbitant fees. Working on behalf of the ACLU of Maryland, Ms. Miller and a Zuckerman Spaeder partner sued the Sheriff for demanding more than $12,000 in fees for police records that were requested “after complaints from local residents alleging invasive searches of Black people.” Last year, a court found the Sheriff’s actions to be illegal – an important decision that advances government transparency and accountability.

Ms. Miller’s tremendous commitment to pursuing justice shines through her practice, her pro bono representations, and her volunteerism. Last year, the D.C. Courts placed her on the “High Honor Roll,” a recognition bestowed on DC-barred attorneys who devote more than 100 hours in one calendar year to free legal representation. She also serves her community by taking on leadership roles with several organizations, including the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition and the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Ms. Miller has also been vocal on matters that impact the community. In 2022, the Baltimore Sun published her commentary on the city’s misguided approach to prosecution of low-level “squeegee” crimes and in 2024, she published a piece to the firm blog, InsightZS, discussing “The Imperative for Outlawing ‘Acquitted Conduct Sentencing.’”

Ms. Miller is one of five attorneys statewide who was named to this year’s Generation J.D. list. The Maryland Daily Record, which manages the awards in partnership with the Maryland State Bar Association, will profile her in its April 26 issue.

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