“I thought it would be more rewarding to work directly with entrepreneurs and business owners to help them achieve their goals. It’s a more personal connection and that’s the best part about my practice today. Our firm is rich on culture and service that allows us to really help our clients and their businesses.”
– Gary Miller, Founding Shareholder, Business Group
Born and raised in Waco, Texas, Gary Miller left town at age 17 to attend the University of Texas in Austin. While it seemed predetermined that he would take over the family’s meat packing business, college opened up other opportunities for Gary and he decided to attend law school and pursue a career in Houston.
“My father, who is now 90 years old, was okay with the decision and it allowed him to consider other options for the business’ future. I worked at the plant growing up and it provided a great overview of business operations as well as learning not to be afraid of getting my hands dirty,” said Gary.
Gary has always had a knack for exercising his independence. Following law school, he practiced at a large Houston firm representing corporate clients in their business transactions. While that path provided solid legal work, his small-town, small-business roots were moving towards a different path.
“I thought it would be more rewarding to work directly with entrepreneurs and business owners to help them achieve their goals,” explained Gary. “It’s a more personal connection and that’s the best part about my practice today. Our firm is rich on culture and service, which allow us to really help our clients and their businesses.”
One day, a high school friend of Gary’s suggested that his own lawyer, Bill Boyar, and Gary might join forces. They both shared a passion for a boutique law firm that would help entrepreneurs and business owners with their transactions and conflicts. In 1990, they formed BoyarMiller.
Gary and his wife Toni have been married 40 years and have two children and six grandchildren. Their son Scott, his wife, and three children live in Cleveland, Ohio. Their daughter Alison, her husband, and three children reside in Houston keeping the Millers busy attending little league sporting events and other activities.
Exercise enthusiasts, Gary and Toni share quality time at the gym five days a week that culminates with breakfast back at the house. That’s when they plan the special vacation they take once a year. Among their journeys has been a visit to Peru to hike Machu Picchu, and then climb the mountain behind it, Huayna Picchu, and its so-called “Stairs of Death.” They have also visited the Galápagos Islands and Africa for adventures of a lifetime.
Next on the itinerary is a trip to Iceland this year where Gary says there are 350,000 residents and a million tourists annually.
“It is a gorgeous rugged country with a dramatic landscape, volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, and lava fields,” said Gary. “It’s also only a few hours from Europe so getting there is easy. We are really looking forward to taking in all the beauty of the country.”
Along with travel and exercise, Gary is passionate about his work with Camp For All, a barrier-free camp for children and adults with special needs or challenging illnesses. In 1995, he joined the board and executive committee that envisioned the camp and set the groundwork for it to become a reality. He has served as board chair and remains active on the executive committee today as its pro bono attorney.
This type of dedication is indicative of Gary’s commitment to family and clients – along with a regular workout at the gym.