D.J. Miller is a partner in the insolvency and restructuring group of Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP, which has been recognized as the "Insolvency Firm of the Year" in Canada for the last three years (2015, 2016, 2017). Over the past 25 years, D.J. has represented a wide variety of stakeholders in domestic and cross-border restructurings and insolvency litigation. She is consistently ranked by her peers in industry publications, and in 2017 was also the recipient of: (i) a Lexpert Zenith Award, and (ii) the Women of Excellence award (The Exemplar) by the Turnaround Management Association, Toronto chapter. In 2016 she was recognized as the "Insolvency Litigator of the Year" in Canada by Benchmark Litigation.
As Canadian insolvency counsel to the UK Pension Claimants in the Nortel Networks case, she was successful in obtaining a precedent-setting pro rata allocation of US$7.3 billion of worldwide sale proceeds among more than 40 insolvency estates in Canada, the US and Europe following the first joint trial of the Canadian and US Courts. D.J. has extensive experience on the "deal" side of restructurings as well as insolvency litigation, and has appeared at every level of court in Canada. Her expertise in restructuring matters extends to all types of stakeholders, and as a result she is considered "go-to" counsel for parties requiring creative advice to help resolve their business issues. This has recently included obtaining the first pre-filing stay of proceedings in Canada (prior to the commencement of any proceedings under federal insolvency statutes), in order to preserve value pending a future pre-packaged cross-border transaction under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code.
D.J. is well known for her deep knowledge of the insolvency framework, both domestic and international, and for applying analytical and strategic skills to achieve successful outcomes for her clients. This includes more than two decades of representing banks and other creditors (domestic and foreign) in the protection and enforcement of their rights in Canada. She is a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada, currently serves as Chair (Past President) of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and as Vice-Chair of the Chapter Presidents' Council of TMA Global.