Meet Kathleen L. Miller, our featured attorney in this month's attorney spotlight. Ms. Miller's practice is focused primarily on construction law and insurance defense litigation.
In this attorney spotlight article, we will delve into Kathleen's background, experience, and unique work approach, exploring the remarkable qualities that set her apart from her peers within the legal profession.
Can you tell us about your background and how you made the decision to go to law school?
- I grew up as an Army brat traveling across the world, but home is Fayetteville, North Carolina. Ever since I was little, I have always known I wanted to go to law school and originally planned on pursuing a career as a JAG officer.
What is your role as an attorney at Boyd & Jenerette?
- I am currently an associate attorney at Boyd & Jenerette where I have the opportunity to work on cases involving construction, insurance defense, and general civil litigation. I collaborate with multiple other team members to assist in reaching a resolution favorable to the client.
What is your day-to-day job like, and what kinds of long-term projects are on your plate?
- Usually, my day-to-day job consists of phone calls to clients or witnesses, reviewing medical records or other critical documents, and doing legal research to address a unique issue presented by a new case.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
- The most challenging (and interesting) aspects of my job is always being presented with unique legal issues. Personal injury and construction law can consist of very complicated or nuanced situations so it is always challenging when a novel issue arises and I have the opportunity to do legal research to better understand how to address the situation.
What do you enjoy most about practicing law at Boyd & Jenerette?
- I love all the opportunities for professional development offered at Boyd & Jenerette. The firm is extremely forward-thinking and offers many resources, training, and communicates with its employees in an effort to encourage both personal and professional development.
When did you begin practicing law?
- I was sworn in as an attorney in North Carolina in 2021, took the Florida bar exam in February 2023, and was officially sworn in as a licensed Florida attorney in May 2023.
What do you do for fun?
- I love spending time with my dog, trying out different restaurants, or staying in and watching a movie.
When did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer?
- I decided I wanted to become an attorney when I was in elementary or middle school. I was always obsessed with shows that involved the court system and how attorneys can play such an integral role in helping someone deal with difficult circumstances.
What is an item on your bucket list?
- Despite my slight fear of heights, I’ve always wanted to go sky diving.
Do you have any hidden talents, hobbies, or a fun fact?
- I taught myself how to play the piano, guitar, and saxophone.
What are you most proud of, professionally and/or personally?
- I’m most proud of all the various opportunities I’ve had to do volunteer work with law students/prospective law students and the general public. Participating in pro bono projects like Wills for Heroes and coordinating a fundraiser for care packages during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic were specific projects that I look back on with the most pride. I’m extremely passionate about community outreach and encouraging others to develop a trusting and meaningful relationships with legal professionals.
Who has been your biggest mentor?
- My biggest mentor has probably been a former staff member from my law school. From the first semester of law school through my first year of practicing law he has always been there to encourage me and provide meaningful advice on navigating the legal profession.
If you could tell a younger version of yourself something knowing what you know now, what would it be?
- I would tell my younger self to not be afraid to push myself out of my comfort zone. Usually, wherever there is discomfort, there is also an opportunity to learn a meaningful lesson that will shape how I approach life moving forward.
What are your goals for the next year?
- My goal is to get more involved in pro bono opportunities in South Florida and continue honing my legal skills to better assist clients in resolving their cases.
About Kathleen L. Miller
Kathleen Miller is an associate at Boyd & Jenerette, P.A. practicing in the Boca Raton office. Her practice primarily involves construction law and insurance defense litigation. Ms. Miller handles claims involving insurance coverage, defects, and automobile liability. Ms. Miller is also a licensed attorney in the state of North Carolina where she previously practiced family law before relocating to Florida. She also has experience working in the areas of criminal law and estate planning. Ms. Miller has developed a great appreciation for traveling the world due to growing up as the child of a military servicemember. Outside of work, she enjoys discovering new restaurants and spending time with her dog.