Robin Miller ’81

Making Connections

By Mary Johnson

Summer 2011

Even from a young age, Robin Miller ’81, a founding partner at CMW Legal Search Consultants, aimed for excellence in every endeavor. Born and raised in Queens, N.Y., Miller began taking figure skating lessons in elementary school. Those initial sessions soon morphed into rigorous training, and by the time she finished high school, Miller had competed in events all over the country.

Despite her achievements, Miller was eager to explore life outside the rink. So she enrolled at Barnard College (teaching skating on the side to earn extra money) and focused on her education. The former athlete quickly evolved into an erudite economics major and, in 1981, a newly minted lawyer en route to a career in corporate law.

Miller spent her first few years out of law school working both in-house at a national bank and at large law firms in Manhattan. Then, in 1989, she decided to tackle a new challenge and entered the legal search field. “I think I never found my niche [as a practicing attorney],” Miller recalls. “But I always liked the people I was working with, and I enjoyed talking to them about their lives and careers.”

Her new role proved a perfect fit. One year later, Miller and several colleagues formed CMW Legal Search, a thriving boutique consultancy in New York City.

Over the past 20 years, Miller has helped the company grow by maintaining strong business relationships. “We live in a very fluid market, and it takes a lot of time and energy to keep on top of that,” says the mother of two boys, the oldest of whom graduated from Columbia Business School this year. “We like to get to know our clients well enough that we know exactly what they want.”