Girard Miller has been a transactions attorney for more than 30 years. He has helped clients with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance, governance (both for profit and not-for-profit entities), venture capital, and corporate and business law matters—domestically and internationally.

He has regularly advised public and private businesses, investment banks, medical and equipment manufacturers, private equity, and mezzanine and hedge funds on the creation, development, finance, purchase, or sale of technology, projects, and businesses. In addition, Girard has represented online retail businesses, hotels, and restaurants as well as clients dealing with agribusiness matters and M&A transactions involving co-ops (agricultural and non-agricultural).

Girard has assisted clients in the development and financing of energy projects and alternative energy projects since the early 1990s, including solar, wind, hydropower, biofuels, biomass, and traditional oil and gas projects.

After law school, Girard served as law clerk to the Honorable Shiro Kashiwa of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, DC.

Selected Experience

  • Regularly acts as special counsel with national and international law firms on matters pertaining to Minnesota law.
  • Represented venture capital fund in an investment in a company with desalination technology.
  • Represented a developer in connection with the sale of a U.S. hydroelectric facility to a foreign buyer.
  • Represented an investment bank in connection with a capital transaction to finance the development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in North Dakota.
  • Represented a clean technology manufacturing client in raising an excess of $200 million through a series of capital transactions.
  • Represented an independent power producer in the negotiation of approximately 450 MW of power generation through a combination of wind power and gas peaking power turbines.
  • Represented a developer in the purchase of a Nebraska wind project site, including negotiation of power purchase agreement, multi-state interconnection matters, ground leases, a NIMBY dispute, and issues related to entity ownership.
  • Represented a national retail chain in a program for purchase of renewable energy credits (RECS).
  • Represented an investment bank in connection with a capital transaction to finance the development of a North Dakota salt water disposal well.
  • Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition of fracking technology.
  • Represented a clean technology manufacturing client in its sale to a foreign buyer.
  • Represented underwriters in private and public securities offerings and served as counsel to investment banks in merger and acquisition transactions.
  • Represented a clean technology client in establishing distribution networks in the Middle East.

Professional Activities

Law360: Energy Editorial Advisory Board 2011-2015
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Minnesota: Director 2010-2018; Board Chair 2014-2017; Former member of Executive Committee
American Council On Renewable Energy: Leadership Council 2012
Advisory Committee to the Minnesota Commerce Department (Minnesota Securities Act): 2004-2006
SEC Government Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation: 1995-2001, 2003-2006
Energy Alley: Advisory Board 2003-2005
Energy Bar Association: Formerly on Renewable Energy Committee
Children's Cancer Research Fund: former Director and Secretary
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities: former Director and Secretary
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities Foundation: former Director and Secretary


Recognized on Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2003-2018 (Minnesota Super Lawyers® is a designation given to only 5 percent of Minnesota attorneys each year, based on a selection process that includes the recommendation of peers in the legal profession.)

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014 (North Star Lawyer is a designation that recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.)

Named one of "40 Minnesotans on the Move" by Finance and Commerce, for work in Alternative Energy, 2009

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Bar Admissions
New York University School of Law
LL.M. in Taxation, 1979
Seattle University School of Law
J.D., cum laude, 1977
Creighton University
B.A., 1973


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