Sterling Miller has enjoyed a wide and varied 30-year legal career. He was recently named CEO-elect of the firm and will assume the full-time role on January 1, 2021. He is a three-time General Counsel, having served in that role at Marketo, Inc., Sabre Corporation, and Travelocity.com where he managed international teams handling a myriad of complex legal issues including “bet-the-company” litigation, M&A, IPO, corporate secretarial, data privacy, government affairs, and commercial agreements.
Out of law school, he was an associate at Gallop, Johnson, and Neuman in St. Louis. He began his in-house career in 1994 at American Airlines. He led the legal team for Sabre Holdings’ successful IPO in April 2014. In January 2019, after leading the legal team that worked on the successful sale of Marketo to Adobe, he returned to the Dallas office of firm Hilgers Graben PLLC for a second stint as Senior Counsel, focusing on commercial matters, litigation, and data privacy. He has published four books, with a fifth on the way in 2021.
Sterling earned his J.D. degree from Washington University in St. Louis (Order of the Coif/Law Review) and his bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he was Student Body President among other honors. He is certified in data privacy/security by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US). He is a highly sought after speaker on legal and industry panels including presenting at the South-by-Southwest conference in Austin, TX and keynoting several ACC events. Under his leadership, Inside Counsel magazine named the Travelocity Legal Department one of the “Ten Most Innovative” legal departments in the United States (with the Sabre legal department winning honorable mention under his tenure). He has been a multi-year finalist for the Dallas Business Journal’s “Best Corporate Counsel” award.
Sterling serves on the Board of Directors of Terrasoul Superfoods and the advisory board of Travefy.com. He publishes a widely-read and award-winning legal blog entitled “Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel.” The ABA published two of his books: “Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel: Practical Advice and Successful Strategies” in 2017 and “Ten (More) Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel: Practical Advice and Successful Strategies (Vol II)” in 2019. A third book for the ABA on showing the value of the legal department is scheduled for release in late 2021. His third book – a cookbook titled “The Slow-Cooker Savant” – came out in late 2018. Sterling’s first book, “The Evolution of Professional Football: 1920 – 2015”, was published by Mill City Press in 2015. You can follow him on Twitter @10ThingsLegal and LinkedIn where he regularly shares his commentary and insights on cutting edge legal issues.