Adam Miller is an Associate in the firm’s Business & Commercial, Real Estate, Immigration and Naturalization, and Estate Planning practice groups. Prior to joining Damon Key as an Associate, he was a Summer Law Clerk at the firm in 2018.
Adam is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, where he was a staff writer and board member of the University of Hawaii Law Review, and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Michael D. Wilson, Associate Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. Adam’s Second Year Seminar paper, “Up in the Air: The Future and Status of Drone Regulation in Hawaii” earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Award, the award for Best Overall Second Year Seminar Paper, and was published in the Spring 2018 issue of the UH Law Review.
As a student, Adam gravitated toward classes that leveraged his business experience, including coursework in High Growth Entrepreneurship. He found his calling after participating in the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Clinic, which gave him the opportunity to meet local business owners, and aspiring business owners, and to help them achieve their goals. This remains his focus as an attorney with Damon Key.
Adam was born and raised in northern Idaho, in the mountains and forests of the inland northwest. As a freshman in college, he attended Universidad Veritas, in San Jose, Costa Rica, before returning to Idaho to attend the University of Idaho in Moscow, where he double majored in Philosophy and Spanish. After spending his junior year in Ecuador, he moved to Maui in 2004, and began his career in fine dining with Tri-Star Restaurant Group, a company that would take him through undergraduate studies and into law school, over the course of fourteen years.
In 2010, a General Manager position within the restaurant group brought Adam to Oahu. He oversaw restaurant operations in Waikiki for five years before moving into a consulting role as the restaurant’s owners’ representative in 2015, upon being accepted to the law school. Continuing to work while studying law, Adam held this consulting position into his third year of law school, prior to joining Damon Key in the summer of 2018.
Adam is an active Rotarian, and a past member of the Board of Directors of Rotary of Ala Moana, as its Literacy Chair. He has twice received the club’s Quiet Rotarian Award.
Adam’s interests outside of work include surfing, archery, bantering with his book club, and catching up on a backlog of podcasts. He enjoys NBA free agency gossip, UH basketball, the USMNT (US men’s national soccer team), spicy Vietnamese beef vermicelli soup, and live music. His enthusiasm for sharing fine wine, unique spirits, and great food with friends led him to receive a Certified Sommelier designation from the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2014.
Adam is an avid traveler and has spent over two years surfing, backpacking, and seeking out street food in over 30 countries throughout Central and South America, Southeast and Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, Southern Africa, Europe, and Oceania. In his travels and studies, he has become fluent in Spanish. He now lives in Kaimuki, close to his favorite waves.
Professional and Community Affiliation
- American Bar Association
- Hawaii State Bar Association
- Business Law Section
- Probate & Estate Section
- Real Property & Financial Services Section
- Rotary of Ala Moana, 2010 to present
- Past Director
- Paul Harris Fellow
- Literacy Chair, 2013 & 2014
- Recipient of Ala Moana Chapter’s Quiet Rotarian Award in 2012 & 2014
- U.S. District Court (District of Hawaii)