About the Firm

Miller Scott & Holbrook is a full-service law firm with experience in all major fields of law. The lawyers in the firm are members of the Rhode Island Bar, regularly participate in professional continuing education programs, and appear before all state and federal courts in Rhode Island.

In addition to privately practicing law, our lawyers have served as solicitors of cities and towns in Rhode Island, probate court judge, and teachers in law programs from continuing legal education to university level. They also have deep roots in the community and are active in local charitable, cultural and religious organizations.

Located in downtown Newport - one block from the Newport County Courthouse - Miller Scott & Holbrook is well positioned to serve all of Newport County. In addition, we have clients, both individuals and businesses, from other communities in Rhode Island and from nearby states.

We supplement traditional methods of legal research using law books and journals with the latest online research tools.

Who We Are

Michael W. Miller concentrates his practice in real estate, representing lenders, sellers Michael W. Millerand borrowers in commercial and residential transactions. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Fordham University School of Law, Mr. Miller is a member of the Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association, the Advisory Council of the Chicago Title Insurance Company, and an affiliate member of the Newport County Board of Realtors. He has served as Solicitor for the Town of Middletown for most of the past two decades. He also has substantial experience in administration of estates. He represents a number of businesses and practices administrative law before state and local boards, state appointed mediators, and the American Arbitration Association.

Turner C. Scott, a former Solicitor for the Turner C. Scott City of Newport and a former assistant Solicitor for the Towns of Middletown and Portsmouth, has extensive experience in municipal law, including zoning, property taxation, CRMC and DEM regulation, and other administrative matters, as well as eminent domain, adverse possession, boundary disputes, and other property law issues. Mr. Scott is a distinguished military graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, served in the U.S. Army, and retired from the Rhode Island National Guard with the rank of Colonel, having served as the State Judge Advocate. Mr. Scott also engages in general civil practice, including litigation, condominium law, environmental law, municipal law and real estate transactions.

Francis S. Holbrook II, a litigator whose practice encompasses personal injury and workers' Francis S. Holbrook IIcompensation cases, criminal law, and divorce, is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Connecticut. In addition to his private practice, he has served as Assistant Town Solicitor for Police Prosecution for the Town of Middletown, RI, since 1994. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island and the Western New England College School of Law, Mr. Holbrook is a member of the Rhode Island and Newport County Bar Associations.

Roland F. Chase, "of counsel" to Miller Scott & Holbrook, advises Roland F. Chaseand assists the firm primarily in zoning and land use law and appellate practice. Mr. Chase also supervises the firm's law library, acts as webmaster for the firm's website and intranet, and does much of the legal research on major cases. Mr. Chase is a graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois) and the University of California (Berkeley) Law School. He is retired as Professor Emeritus in the School of Justice Studies at Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island, and is the author of the Rhode Island Zoning Handbook and numerous other local and national legal publications.