Haley and Hayes: The Miller Brothers

Miller & Martin has been a tenant in the Volunteer Building on Georgia Avenue ever since the building's completion in 1917.

Burkett and Vaughn Miller were catalysts for the growth of the law firm which today is Miller & Martin. While brothers, their contributions were distinctly different.

Their father, White Miller, cut his teeth on a landmark Chattanooga case, U.S. vs Forty Barrels and Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola, the first test of the law creating the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The first commissioner of the FDA, Harvey Washington Wiley, a chemist, waged war against caffeine and targeted an emerging popular drink, Coca-Cola.

In October 1908, the federal government seized 40 barrels and 20 kegs of Coca-Cola being shipped from Atlanta to Chattanooga. The FDA alleged that the caffeine in Coca-Cola was a "poisonous ingredient."

The trial was unlike any before seen in Chattanooga, if not the South.