He has worked with Motley Rice attorneys on occupational injury and asbestos litigation since the early 1970s, representing victims of asbestos, radiation and beryllium exposure. He has also represented workers suffering from hearing loss caused by exposure to loud machinery on the job and managed hundreds of workers' compensation cases. Additionally, Miles has practiced business litigation including contract disputes and business torts.
A longtime advocate of higher education, Miles was elected chairman of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees in January 2009. With more than 12 years of service on the Board, Miles is planning for the institution's future capital campaign and building endowments. His involvement with the University of South Carolina and higher education programs includes his appointment to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education by Governor Jim Hodges, serving as a member of the Western Carolina Higher Education Commission and more than 20 years on the Executive Committee of the Gamecock Club.
For his contributions to education in South Carolina, Miles received the Order of the Palmetto in 2002, the highest civilian honor in the state. His portrait can be found in the law library of the University of South Carolina's School of Law as recognition for his generosity and service.
Miles earned a Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina. As a law student, he was on the editorial board of the South Carolina Law Review and was a member of Phi Delta Phi and the Society of Wig and Robe.