Palo Alto Attorneys at Miller Law Group Win High Stakes Verdict in Appeal Involving Dissolution of Family Business Partnership

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Business and hospitality lawyers at the Miller Law Group in Palo Alto won an appeal upholding a nearly $846,000 turnaround of an original trial court decision in the dissolution of a family partnership.

California business attorney Mitch Miller

California business attorney Mitch Miller

We are thrilled with the results and feel justice has finally been served.

Palo Alto business attorneys at Miller Law Group successfully defended their clients against an appeal that would have stripped them of a $738,398 equalizing payment and required their client to pay out about $108,000 they were awarded in civil court after their family business was split in two. The case was heard in the Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, Division Three; Case numbers A128718 & A129175.

“We are thrilled with the results and feel justice has finally been served,” said Mitch Miller, principal of the Miller Law Group.

The partnership had six income properties when the father died in 1993 leaving his half to his wife, according to Miller. He said family disagreements eventually led to the dissolution of the partnership. A court appointed referee supervised the division of property and the defendant was ordered to pay Miller’s clients $738,398 to equalize assets, reversing an earlier decision wherein Miller’s clients had been ordered to pay the defendant $108,066, according to court documents (Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Mateo; Case Number CIV 435448.).

Appellants claimed that the court had erred in adopting certain findings and calculations used by the court appointed referee, and ordering the payment to Miller’s clients of $738,000, according to court documents. The appellate court upheld the award.

California business lawyer Mitch Miller represented the primary plaintiff in the civil trial where the money was originally awarded along with Ben Harvey, in appellate court where defendant’s appeals were denied.

About the Miller Law Group

Since 1981, attorney Mitch Miller has served as counsel to numerous companies in a wide range of sectors, including real estate and development, hospitality, construction, and information technology. For more information about the firm, please go to or call 650-566-2298.


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