Philip R. Miller, III

Philip MillerHistory of the Firm

Philip Miller is a founding partner with the firm Blanchard, Miller, Lewis & Isley, P.A., which opened its doors on April 3, 1995. From the beginning a primary goal of the firm was to represent victims of serious injuries and wrongful death caused by the negligence of others. Since 1995 the firm has grown and expanded its areas of practice and now offers a wide variety of services.

However, Philip continues to devote his practice to representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases, with an emphasis on cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect and motor vehicle negligence.


Philip is a Raleigh native and 1984 graduate of Needham B. Broughton High School. He received his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988 and his J.D. degree from Campbell University School of Law in 1992.

Legal Experience

Philip has tried cases to verdict in North Carolina State and Federal Courts and has argued cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Over the years Philip has handled dozens of complicated civil cases to successful completion.

Legal Honors and Awards

Philip enjoys an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. Philip is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, having been invited to join by United States District Court Judge W. Earl Britt in 2011. In 2015, Philip was elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Teaching Experience/Legal Publications

Philip is a frequent lecturer on numerous topics including legal ethics, automobile tort litigation, and nursing home negligence litigation. Philip has authored numerous articles, primarily in the field of nursing home negligence litigation, for Trialbriefs, the publication of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Click here for a partial list of the continuing education seminars in which Philip has participated and the legal publications he has authored.

Bar Leadership Roles

Philip presently serves on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He was a founder of the nursing home litigation section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and has served at all levels of leadership in the nursing home litigation section, including Chair. Philip is also active in the North Carolina Bar Association.  In 2010-2011 he served as the Chair of the Litigation Section Council, which is the largest section in the Bar Association and is made up of leading lawyers from both the Plaintiff’s Bar and the Defense Bar. He is also a member of the Braxton Craven Inn of Court, having served as its President in 2008. Philip presently serves as the President of the North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society, and as a Trustee of the North Carolina Bar Association Health Benefit trust.

Personal Life

Philip is married to a Raleigh native. Together they have four children. Philip enjoys running, tennis, hunting, fishing and coaching his sons’ athletic teams. He also enjoys NASCAR and any sporting event involving the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Practice Areas

Nursing home abuse and neglect, serious personal injury, automobile negligence litigation, tractor trailer litigation, premises liability, wrongful death, business and commercial litigation, state and federal appeals.