Miranda is a board certified civil trial lawyer and has tried more than 50 cases, bench and jury trials. She has defended a wide range of matters, including 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, and premises liability at the state and federal levels.
Before joining 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 Distinguished Performance Award, the company’s highest honor. She has provided legal opinions to CNN News. Miranda began her career as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office prosecuting misdemeanor to first-degree felony cases.
Miranda was appointed by The Florida Bar to serve a three-year term on an Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s Grievance Committee. Miranda was also 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 was a finalist for CLM's Professional Outside Counsel of the Year Award. Miranda is a faculty member for the American Bar Association and Defense Research Institute.
Miranda is a regular panelist speaker for the Association of Corporate Counsel, American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, CLM, and Dade County Bar Association, as well as Fortune 100 corporations. In addition to presenting national mock trials, Miranda has spoken on Openings and Closings 101; Social Media and the Law; Personalizing the Corporate Client: Reversing the Reptilian Theory in High-Stakes Litigation; How to Personalize a Corporate Client in Bad Faith Litigation; Expert Witnesses: Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Expert at Trial; Strategies for Successful Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions of S.I.U. Claims; Insights on Jurors: Voir Dire and Opening Statements; Advanced Strategies for Success in Mediation; Introduction to Product Liability Claims; Perfect Pitch for Women and Business Development; and Bad Faith and Ethical Claims File Handling.
Served as second chair in six Engle-progeny trials:
- Johnson v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et al., No. 14-CA-00019 (Fla. 13th Cir. Ct. 2017) (mistrial);
- Oshinsky v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et al., No. 2008-CV-025841 (Fla. 17th Cir. Ct. 2016);
- Russo v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et al., No. 2007-44469-CA-01 (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. 2015) (defense verdict affirmed on appeal);
- Vila v. Philip Morris USA Inc., No. 2013-12833-CA (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. 2015) (defense verdict affirmed on appeal);
- 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 airlift 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
Around the ABA, 10 Tips for Effective Opening and Closing Arguments, Your ABA: e-News for Members, July 2017.
Nicole Diaz, Closing Statement Strategy: An In-Depth Interview with Trial Lawyer Miranda Soto, June 9, 2017.
Shayna Posses, Fla. Court Upholds Defense Verdict in Smoker Suit, Law360, October 19, 2016.
Carolina Bolado, Fla. Court Affirms Defense Verdict In Smoker's $29M Suit, Law360, Oct. 13, 2016.
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.
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, Pennsylvania, November 13, 2017.
Presenter, Not Everyone Hates Lawyers: How to Successfully Defend and Try a Legal Malpractice Case," CLM Annual Management & Professional Liability Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, July 26-28, 2017.
Presenter, Defense Research Institute's Trial Tactics Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, 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, South Carolina, 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, Nebraska, 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 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.