Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Steve moved to Chapel Hill in the early 1970’s to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating with Highest Honors in Political Science, he moved to Washington, DC in 1975 and worked on Capitol Hill as an aide for the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, chaired by George McGovern. His interest peeked in science and policy, Steve came back to Chapel Hill to pursue a Master’s of Science in Public Health (1982) and a law degree (1985), both of which he received from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Steve began working with Syd Alexander in 1984. The two continued their working relationship when Steve and his family moved to south Georgia for two years while Steve’s wife repaid an Air Force scholarship from medical school. During that time, Steve commuted back and forth on a regular basis to keep his practice active in North Carolina.
When the Millers returned to North Carolina in 1989, Steve continued to work with Syd, both of them general practitioners. By the mid-1990’s, Steve’s practice became focused on trusts and estates, business representation, non-profit and tax exempt organizations, and residential and commercial real estate. Recently, he happily passed the majority of the real estate matters in the firm to Maggie Davis. The rest of his practice remains largely unchanged. Steve is licensed in all state courts in North Carolina, as well as the Eastern and Middle Federal Court Districts.
Steve raised his two sons in Chapel Hill and has always taken seriously his role in the community. He has served as a member of the Ephesus Elementary School’s Governance Council and was on the Board of Directors of the Freedom House Recovery Center for many years. He created and served on the Board of Directors of the Carolina Charges, the local AAU baseball club. Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors of Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws, a medical alert and assistance dog organization. He also, along with Syd Alexander, helped form the Strowd Roses Foundation in 2001, and he continues to serve as a member of its Board of Directors. He recently joined the Board of Directors at Carolina Meadows.
Steve is married to Paula Miller, MD. They have two children, both adults. They recently welcomed their first grandchild.
Ask Steve about:
- tax exempt organizations
- the difference between an asset purchase and a stock purchase
- why trusts make sense as an estate planning tool
- his latest trip (possibilities include Vietnam, Costa Rica, and fishing in Canada)
- what all of this year’s rain did to his garden
- the accomplishments of his family members