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Miranda Lundeen Soto is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group.

Miranda is Florida Bar Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and has tried more than 50 cases, bench and jury trials. Her practice includes from commercial and business disputes, professional and legal malpractice claims, product liability, complex fraud matters, public policy matters, cases of first impression, high-stakes personal injury cases, franchisee/franchisor litigation, trust and estate litigation and premises liability at the state and federal levels.

Miranda began her career as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s office. Miranda was Lead Counsel for Allstate’s Miami and Ft. Myers legal offices.

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Education

  • Drake University School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • University of Alabama, B.A., 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Commissioner for 11th Judicial Circuit (July 1, 2019-July 1, 2023)
  • Drake Law School Board of Counselors
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
    • National Board Representative, Miami Chapter
  • Federalist Society, Miami Chapter
  • League of Prosecutors, Miami Chapter
  • The Florida Bar, Grievance Committee Member (2016-2019)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Insurance Fraud Committee
  • Dade County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
    • Faculty Member
    • Section of Litigation
    • Professional Liability Litigation Committee
    • Attorney’s Liability Subcommittee, Co-Chair
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
    • Trial Masters Program, Vice-Chair, 2018-2019
    • Trial Tactics, Practice and Procedures, Vice-Chair, 2018-2020
    • Products Liability, Vice Chair, 2019-2020
    • Membership State Representative from Florida, 2018-2020
  • Judge for Legal Eagle mock trial, University of Miami (2014)

Recognition

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial, The Florida Bar
  • Technology Master Advocate, FDCC
  • Women of Distinction, “Legal Maverick Award for 10-30 Years in Practice Group,” Dade County Bar Association (2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV Preeminent, Judicial Edition
  • Top Up & Comer, South Florida Legal Guide (2015-2018)
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2010, 2012-2016)
  • “Legal Lion,” Law360 (2015)
  • The Legal 500 (2015)
  • Nominated Finalist, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance for Outside Counsel of the Year Award (2014)
  • Miami’s Top 10 Litigators, Dade County Bar Association (2013)
  • Recognition by American Registry (2011-2018)
    • American’s Most Honored Professionals (2015-2018)
  • Florida Trend, Florida Legal Elite, Civil Trial (2011, 2016-2019)
  • Legal Luminary Award, “Top Legal Malpractice Attorney,” Dade County Bar Association (2017)

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Women Overcoming Adversity and Obstacles in their Career,” Miami Movers II, (October 26, 2019)
  • Panelist, Voir Dire, Dade County Bar Association Annual Bench & Bar Conference, (April 5, 2019)
  • Panelist, The Epidemic of Claims by Non-Clients Against Company Counsel, and What You Can Do About It,” ABA Spring 2019 National Legal Malpractice Conference (April 3, 2019)
  • Panelist, MOCK and BEYOND: Maximizing the Benefits that Experienced Trial Consultants Can Bring to Your Trial Preparation Strategy, ABA Webinar (November 1, 2018)
  • Panelist, Ghost Defendants, American Inns of Court SuperStars Mock Trial (September 2018)
  • Presenter, Cross-Examining Expert Witnesses, Podcast, ABA March’s Sound Advice for Litigation – Women Advocates (March 13, 2018)
  • Co-Presenter, Understanding the Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning on Legal Bill Review in Claims Litigation, Claims and Litigation Management Annual Conference (March 15, 2018)
  • Co-Presenter, Responding to PR Nightmares, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Webinar (February 14, 2018)
  • Co-Presenter, Effective Cross-Examination: Case Studies from Recent Trials, ABA Women in Litigation Joint Conference, Philadelphia, PA (November 13, 2017)
  • Presenter, Not Everyone Hates Lawyers: How to Successfully Defend and Try a Legal Malpractice Case, CLMA Annual Management & Professional Liability Conference, Boston, MA (July 26-28, 2017)
  • Presenter, Defense Research Institute’s Trial Tactics Seminar, Las Vegas, NV (2017)
  • Presenter, Jury Trials in the Millennial Age: An In-Depth Look at How Your Jurors Really Think, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel’s Trial Masters Program, Charleston, SC (2017)
  • Co-Mock Trial Presenter, Insights from the Jury on Voir Dire and Opening Statement, Dade County Annual Bench and Bar Conference (2017)
  • Co-Presenter, Openings and Closings 101, American Bar Association National Webinar (2017)
  • Co-Presenter, Introduction to Product Liability Claims, Catholic Mutual Insurance Company, Omaha, NE (2016)
  • Presenter, Personalizing the Corporate Client: Reversing the Reptilian Theory in High-Stakes Litigation, Association of Corporate Counsel’s Annual Meeting, San Francisco (2016)
  • Panelist, Association of Corporate Counsel’s In House Counsel Summit (2016)
  • Presenter, Developing Law Regarding 2010 Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26: Working With Experts and Preparing Expert Reports for Use in Federal Court, American Bar Association (2015)
  • Presenter, Personalizing the Insurance Carrier in Bad Faith Litigation: Putting a Face on the Company and Avoiding Being Branded as the Uncaring Corporate Monster, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Conference, New York City (2015)
  • Presenter, Navigating the Land Mines – How to Properly Use Social Media in Claim Investigations and Get the Bang But Avoid the Explosion (Two-part presentation), Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Insurance Fraud Conference, Boston (2015)
  • Panelist, Pitch Perfect, Florida Association for Women Lawyers (2014)
  • Speaker, Claims Litigation Management Bad Faith Fraud Conference, Orlando, FL (January 24-25, 2013)
  • Panelist, Practice of Law in Miami-Dade County, Dade County Bar Association FIU Chapter (2012)
  • Certified Instructor, Advanced Strategies for Success in Mediation, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (2012)
  • Presenter, Strategies for Successful Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions of S.I.U. Claims, with the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud (2012)
  • Panelist, Pathways to Success for Women Lawyers, Florida Association for Women Lawyers (2010)

Practice Areas

Publications

  • Quoted in Courts Split on Punitive Damages Recover in Legal Malpractice Cases, ABA Litigation News (January 2019)
  • Around the ABA, 10 Tips for Effective Opening and Closing Arguments, Your ABA: e-News for Members (July 2017)
  • Claims Handling Through a Prosecutor’s Eyes, Claims Management Magazine (2012)

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