Sports and entertainment attorney speaks at Soifer Memorial Lecture


Alan R. Miller, former college and professional football athlete and co-founder of the NFL Players Association, was the featured speaker during WMU-Cooley Law School’s Ninth Annual Howard Soifer Memorial Lecture in Sports and Entertainment Law, on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Miller practices law at his Birmingham law firm Allan R. Miller PC which is considered one of the nation’s most preeminent motorsports law firms. Miller prides himself on providing value as a trusted advisor to the lives of sports and entertainment clients.

Miller represents a number of NASCAR teams and such successful figures as multi-year NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears, Michael Waltrip Racing Holdings, Danica Patrick Racing, motorcycle racing star Scott Russell, and more. The hallmark of Miller’s success has been the long-term relationships he forges with his clients.

“You treat your client as though he’s a family member,” said Miller. “Thinking about the future for them is important.”

Miller advised students looking to get into sports representation to check with professional sports teams and the bigger sports agency firms for internship possibilities. Many of these organizations, Miller said, hire interns every year.

Miller was a standout football player for Boston College, the New England Patriots, and the Oakland Raiders. He earned his B.S.B.A. in finance from Boston College and his law degree from Boston University. The firm handles non-sports legal matters as well.

Howard Soifer was passionate about the law, sports and his family and was grateful for his legal education at WMU-Cooley. His family, friends and partners have endowed the lecture series in his memory.