Portrait of


Government Experience

  • U.S. Federal Trade Commission—Chief Privacy Officer (2011 - 2014); Assistant Director for Regional Operations, Bureau of Consumer Protection (2007 - 2011); Attorney, Division of Advertising Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection (2003 – 2007)
  • U.S. Department of Justice—Trial Attorney, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, Corporate/Financial Litigation (1997 - 2003)


  • Rice University, B.A. (1984)
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. (1990) with honors


  • District of Columbia
  • New Mexico
Peter B. Miller, Senior Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2506
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Peter Miller is a senior counsel in Crowell & Moring's Advertising & Product Risk Management and Privacy & Cybersecurity groups in Washington, D.C. Peter supports, counsels, and advocates for clients using his familiarity with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consumer protection policies, practices, and procedures; his experience with consumer protection investigations, litigation, and settlement negotiations; and his knowledge of operational privacy, data security, federal procurement, and risk management issues.

Peter joined Crowell & Moring from the FTC, where he served as chief privacy officer and safeguarded personal information throughout its life cycle at the agency. He previously served as assistant director for regional operations in the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection and coordinated consumer protection activities with staff in the FTC’s eight regional offices; and as a staff attorney in the Division of Advertising Practices where he investigated and litigated health and weight-loss claims. Before joining the FTC, he was a trial attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice's Civil Division, where he litigated a variety of bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy matters involving government funds and programs.

Peter advises and counsels clients on FTC consumer protection issues, including advertising, privacy and data security. He also provides support to clients throughout the FTC investigation and enforcement process, from initial contact through responses to staff requests, meetings with FTC staff and commissioners, and, if necessary, administrative or federal district court litigation.

Peter helps clients address policy and practical issues that arise at the intersection of technology, privacy, and consumer protection, including

  • Internet of Things and the increasing collection and compilation of personal and health information across a wide variety of platforms;
  • Mobile devices and applications;
  • Payment systems;
  • Collection, protection, and use of big data;
  • Vendor management issues arising from the acquisition of personal information and related services from third parties and the sharing of personal information and network access with third parties; and
  • Information governance and organizational policies and procedures for protecting and working with sensitive business and personal information.
  • Incident anticipation, training, preparation, and response

He also works with colleagues in the Litigation & Trial, Regulatory & Policy, and Transactions & Corporate practice areas to provide interdisciplinary representation on issues relating to consumer protection, privacy and data security, risk management, and procurement, including matters arising before other federal and state agencies and private sector disputes.

Peter is a participating member of The Sedona Conference Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability, and he is part of the drafting team for Working Group 11’s Data Privacy Primer. Peter is a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), a Certified Information Privacy Professional with government and private sector concentrations (CIPP/G/US), and a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT).


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New Mexico

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Protecting Information: Cybersecurity and Risk Management," WOOPS 2016, Crowell & Moring's 32nd Annual West Coast Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Marina del Rey, CA (May 18, 2016). Panelists: Peter B. Miller, Jennifer S. Romano, and Nathanial J. Wood.
  • "A World of Disruptive Innovations: Workable Solutions to Data Privacy and Public Policy Issues in the Sharing Economy," Annual Survey: The Sharing Economy World, New York, NY (February 23, 2016). Presenter: Peter B. Miller.
  • “The Sharing Economy and Data Security,” N.Y.U. Annual Survey of American Law Symposium, New York, NY (February 23, 2016). Panelist: Peter B. Miller.
  • “Incident Readiness: The Role of Information Governance in Mitigating Breach Exposure,” LegalTech New York 2016, New York, NY (February 4, 2016). Panelist: Peter B. Miller.
  • "Open Source and Security Risks," Webinar (January 20, 2016). Presenter: Peter B. Miller.
  • "Marketing Solar Energy to Retail Customers: Advertising Claims and SEIA’s Solar Business Code," Webinar (January 12, 2016). Presenters: Christopher A. Cole, Richard Lehfeldt and Peter B. Miller.
  • "Data Security and Privacy Considerations: Risk Management, Business Assets, and Things that Go Bump in the Night," 24th Annual LSI Seattle Conference on Technology Law, Seattle, WA (December 14, 2015). Presenters: Christopher A. Cole and Peter B. Miller.
  • "On the Leading Edge of Cybersecurity and Privacy Standards," ABA Teleconference (December 7, 2015). Moderator: Peter B. Miller.
  • "Preparing for and Surviving Data Breaches: Risk Management," ARMA International 60th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (October 7, 2015). Presenter: Peter B. Miller.
  • "Privacy, Security, and Information Governance: The Board Will See You Now," ARMA International 60th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (October 7, 2015). Panelist: Peter B. Miller.
  • "Cybersecurity Risk Management: The View from Washington and Beyond," OOPS 2015, Crowell & Moring's 31st Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Washington, D.C. (May 5-6, 2015). Moderator: Peter B. Miller; Panelists: Evan D. Wolff, Maida Oringher Lerner, and Kate M. Growley.
  • "The Changing Electric Utility Industry – The Litigation Risks Ahead," Crowell & Moring's Corporate Counsel Litigation Forum Webinar Series (April 28, 2015). Presenters: Frank R. Lindh, Cameron Prell, Richard Lehfeldt, and Peter B. Miller.
  • "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Briefing," Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2015). Panelist: Peter B. Miller.


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    September 23, 2016 — Global Investigations Review-GIR 100

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