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Charles Miller, who practiced for 11 years at Kasowitz Benson Torres, has moved to Tarter Krinsky & Drogin, where he will lead the midsize firm’s new securities and financial services litigation group.

Miller joined the 70-attorney firm Monday as a partner representing clients in disputes related to debt and equity securities, derivatives, financial contracts and structured financial transactions. His clients include mid market institutions and companies, small and overseas banks, institutional investors and investment managers.

Miller, 52, said he wanted to move to a smaller firm. “It was the desire to get to a different platform, something smaller, where I would have more direct participation, in particular with the development of business,” Miller said, adding his prior firm, with 260 attorneys, was “much more established from a structural standpoint.”

“I was not looking for another Big Law type,” he said, but was seeking “a little more warmth, more connection, more participation” and was drawn to the opportunity of a leadership role in which he could move a practice forward. Miller said he spoke with other firms around the same size as Tarter Krinsky, but his practice fit naturally with the firm’s financial-related groups.

He declined to comment on whether his prior firm’s representation of President Donald Trump in a special counsel investigation—and the related publicity surrounding the firm and its leader, Marc Kasowitz—was related to his move. He praised the professionalism of his former colleagues and said he was grateful for the opportunities he had there.

Miller said some of his clients at Kasowitz will continue to work with him at Tarter Krinsky.

At Kasowitz, Miller represented the Federal Housing Finance Agency in securities litigation against Morgan Stanley. He has also represented Ashland Chemical, Iconix Brand Group Inc., Baker Hughes Oil Field Services, Henry Schein Inc. and American Eagle Outfitters.

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