As a trial lawyer, Miranda has tried over 50 cases, bench and jury trials. She has defended a wide range of matters, including personal injury cases, premises liability, commercial and business disputes, product liability, complex fraud matters and legal malpractice claims at the state and federal levels.
Before coming to Shook, Miranda was a partner and chair of the Fraud and Special Investigations Unit practice group at an international minority and women owned law firm. She served as lead counsel for the Miami and Fort Myers offices of Allstate Insurance Company, where she received the company's highest honor, the Distinguished Performance Award. She has provided legal opinions to CNN News and has presented seminars with Florida’s Division of Insurance Fraud on “Strategies for Successful Fraud Investigations and Prosecution of S.I.U. Claims.”
Most recently, Miranda was a panelist/speaker for a two-part series on "Social Media and the Law" at Claims and Litigation Management Alliance's Fraud Conference in Boston. She also lectured in New York City at CLM's Bad Faith, Coverage and Insurance Fraud conference on "How to Personalize a Corporate Client in Bad Faith Litigation." As a faculty member for the American Bar Association, she presented a national webinar on "Expert Witnesses: Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Expert at Trial" for the ABA.
Miranda was previously elected as co-chair of the Emerging Leaders Committee for the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) and was a finalist for CLM's Professional Outside Counsel of the Year Award. She also served as panelist and speaker at the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) "Perfect Pitch" business development seminar.
Miranda was selected by the Dade County Bar Association as one of Miami's top 10 litigators to present its annual Super Lawyers CLE Mock Trial. She became a certified instructor for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance in 2011 and has presented a seminar on Advanced Mediation Strategies and was a panelist/speaker on ethical claims handling at CLM’s Bad Faith, Coverage and Fraud Insurance Conference in Orlando.
Served as second chair in four Engle progeny trials:
- Russo v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et al., No. 2007-44469-CA-01 (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. 2015) (defense verdict);
- Vila v. Philip Morris USA Inc., No. 2013-12833-CA (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. 2015) (defense verdict);
- Merino v. Philip Morris USA Inc., No. No. 08-1287-CA-25 (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. 2015);
- Russo v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et al., No. 2007-44469-CA-01 (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. 2014) (mistrial).
Appointed as special trial counsel in a 21-plaintiff franchisee/franchisor case involving issues of below-cost pricing, unfair competition, the Florida Motor Fuel Marketing Practices Act, the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, open-term pricing and other alleged bad acts against a major oil and gasoline corporation.
Served as a member of a trial team that won a complete seven count defense verdict in a multimillion dollar professional malpractice lawsuit involving a complex Miami real estate development transaction.
Served as member of a trial team that won a complete defense verdict in a multimillion dollar professional malpractice lawsuit involving a complex Dominican Republic real estate development transaction.
Tried and obtained a complete verdict in favor of her client on a case of first impression involving public policy violations of the Florida Motor Vehicle Repair Act.
Defended client who traveled the wrong way on a one-way street. The plaintiff sustained serious injuries requiring an air-lift rescue from a T-bone accident and refused to settle the case for less than $1 million. Obtained verdict of $224,000, considered to be a defense verdict.
Tried a premises liability case for permanent injuries sustained by a homeowner in a severe dog bite incident. The homeowner was mauled by a Belgian Malinois, leaving his index finger permanently shortened and resulting in serious injuries to his arms, chest and neck. Obtained a no-liability defense verdict with fees and costs.
Served as counsel in a trial for injuries sustained in a serious head-on collision. Obtained favorable verdict of only $360.88 which was considered a defense verdict for the client.
Obtained very minimal plaintiff verdict, which the client considered a defense verdict, in a serious T-bone automobile accident involving a rollover and multiple injuries.
Previously retained as special counsel for body shop litigation on violations of the Florida Motor Vehicle Repair Act and Appraisal Project Litigation.
Publications and Press Coverage
Andrew Strickler, Law360's Weekly Verdicts: Legal Lions & Lambs, Law360, Jan. 29, 2015.
Nathan Hale, Breaking: Philip Morris Cleared in $29M Engle Trial, Law360, Jan. 23, 2015.
Nathan Hale, Fla. Judge Keeps Philip Morris Suit on Jury Track, Law360, Jan. 20, 2015.
Nathan Hale, Philip Morris Aims to Undercut As Engle Plaintiffs Rest Case, Law360, Jan. 15, 2015.
Carolina Bolado, Trial Opens in First Engle Case of the Year, Law360, Jan. 8, 2015.
Nate Hale, Shook Hardy Adds Experienced Trial Atty In Miami, Law360, Aug. 6, 2014.
Miranda Lundeen Soto, Claims Handling Through a Prosecutor's Eyes, Claims Management Magazine, 2012.
Panelist, Association of Corporate Counsel's In House Counsel Summit, 2016.
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 ExtraContractual 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, Florida, 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.