Elek A. Miller

Attorney

Elek A. Miller

Attorney

Phone: 207.772.1941 Fax: 207.772.3627 Email: emiller@dwmlaw.com

84 Marginal Way, Suite 600 Portland, ME 04101-2480

Assistant: Mary Kennedy Email: mkennedy@dwmlaw.com

About

Elek Miller focuses his practice on privacy, security, and technology; labor and employment; and general school law. He also works on intellectual property matters. In his role, Elek advises a diverse set of clients such as businesses, schools, municipalities, medical providers and practices, non-profit organizations, and state governments. Elek also routinely represents clients before state and federal agencies, and in state and federal courts.

Businesses turn to Elek for advice on a full range of intellectual property, privacy, cybersecurity and data strategy matters. Elek also has substantial experience registering and protecting trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property. He regularly advises clients on compliance with state and federal data privacy and security laws, drafts and negotiates complex privacy-related technology agreements, and guides the development of data security and privacy programs.

Elek also regularly advises employers on wage and hour issues, employee leave questions, hiring and firing employees, drug and alcohol testing, employment agreements, and complying with state and federal employment laws.

Additionally, Elek advises and represents schools on student discipline and student rights matters, labor and employment issues, compliance with state and federal laws, drafting and implementation of policies and procedures, and technology adoption. For several years, Elek taught school law to future administrators as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine, and is frequently invited to present at conferences and events.

A lifelong Mainer, Elek enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, and black lab – especially taking advantage of all of the recreational activities that Maine offers. He’s also a Board Member of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, and formerly served as a Board Member and Secretary of the Board of Woodfords Family Services. Elek has also been recognized by Katahdin Counsel for his significant pro bono legal work.

Education

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010

New York University, M.A., 2007

Colby College, B.A., 2005

Recognition

New England Super Lawyers, Schools & Education, Employment & Labor, Intellectual Property, Rising Star 2014-2020

Katahdin Counsel, Honoring Pro Bono Legal Services in Maine

Representative Clients & Matters

Elek Miller’s extensive experience includes:

  • Providing guidance and legal advice to a state government regarding a national vendor data incident impacting states and state agencies.
  • Counseling public and private sector entities through data incidents.
  • Counseling a prestigious private college through a vendor data incident.
  • Successfully defending public and private sector entities at labor arbitrations.
  • Advising school units regarding student and staff constitutional rights, including first amendment rights.
  • Drafting, as part of a national effort, student data privacy agreements for Maine and New Hampshire schools to use with ed tech vendors.

Publications

Co-Author, Maine School Law (6th ed.)

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association

Community/Public Service

Woodfords Family Services
Board of Trustees

TD Beach to Beacon 10K
Board of Trustees

Past Presentations

From August 26, 2021 12:00 pm

Avoiding Copyright Liability: A Case Study in Social Media and Website Content

From July 12, 2021 9:00 am

2021 Maine School Law Institute (Virtual!)

Once again, we are taking our School Law Institute virtual for 2021 using Zoom, a cloud-based video-conferencing service. The Institute program has been designed with busy educators in mind. Taught by Drummond Woodsum school attorneys who have years of experience both practicing and teaching school law, the Institute distills from the vast body of education statutes and court decisions the knowledge that educators most need to perform their jobs effectively and to recognize and prevent legal problems before they arise.

From June 25, 2021 9:00 am

School Boards: Leadership in Difficult Times

This conference will review basic legal principles that apply to school board action. Dan, Elek and Michael will then focus closely on school board leadership during difficult times, particularly as they relate to very public employment disputes, Facebook controversies that impact the board, and public concerns that overtake regular business.

From February 8, 2021 12:00 pm

Schools, Technology and the Law

From December 9, 2020 12:00 pm

2020 HR Year in Review and a Look Ahead at 2021

From October 30, 2020 8:30 am

47th Annual Maine School Management Association Conference

From September 9, 2020 12:00 pm

All Hands on Deck: Dealing with Employment Issues in a Pandemic

From September 4, 2020 12:00 pm

Virtual Learning Environments – Avoiding Legal Pitfalls

From July 6, 2020 12:00 pm

2020 Maine School Law Institute (Virtual!)

From June 10, 2020 8:30 am

HR in the Time of COVID-19

From May 12, 2020 12:00 pm

2020 Maine HR Convention, Legal Year in Review

From March 11, 2020 9:00 am

Assessing and Resolving Workplace Conflict and Allegations

From December 4, 2019 12:00 pm

Significant Cases and Highlights From 2019

From September 11, 2019 12:00 pm

The Levee Breaks: New Laws Flood Employers

From July 16, 2019 12:00 pm

2019 Maine School Law Summer Institute

From June 5, 2019 8:00 am

Hiring the Best Seamlessly and Without Incident: Attracting the Right Applicants, Interviewing, Onboarding, and I-9s

From December 5, 2018 8:00 am

Looking Back at 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

From November 8, 2018 9:00 am

Schools, Technology and the Law

From September 12, 2018 12:00 pm

Workplace Investigations: Handling Employee Complaints

From June 6, 2018 8:00 am

Violence in the Workplace: Handling Threats, Identifying Risks, and Recommended Policies

From April 3, 2018 12:00 pm

2018 Seminar for School and District Secretaries, Special Education Secretaries, and Administrative Assistants

From March 14, 2018 12:00 pm

Employer Rights when Employees Speak Out: How to Handle Employee Speech and Association Issues Inside and Outside the Workplace

From September 8, 2017 12:00 pm

A New Take on School Consolidation: The Budget Bill Reforms and Other Critical Developments in School Law

From September 6, 2017 12:00 pm

Three Laws Employers Frequently Violate Without Knowing It

From May 31, 2017 12:00 pm

Dealing with Disabilities in the Workplace