Bankruptcy partner Brett Miller became head of Morrison & Foerster’s New York office this week, taking over for litigation partner Charles Kerr, who has led the 200-attorney office since 2008. Miller, a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, co-chairs MoFo’s distressed real estate group, which includes attorneys from the bankruptcy and restructuring group, real estate group and the litigation department. Miller represents clients in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings, among other types of cases.

MoFo said Miller is leading its representation of former FBI Director Louis Freeh in his capacity as trustee overseeing the Chapter 11 of MF Global. Miller also led MoFo’s team in representing the unsecured creditors committee during the bankruptcy of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Miller’s announcement comes after another bankruptcy partner, Larren Nashelsky, was elected firmwide chair earlier this year. In an interview, Miller said bankruptcy lawyers work closely with other departments, such as tax, capital markets, real estate, litigation and corporate. “We are in the unique position that we got to know our partners well,” he said. “We’re able to gain their trust.” The firm said Miller also has helped plan the office’s relocation to a new tower under development at 250 West 55th St., where MoFo will become the anchor tenant when it moves around 2014.