Katherine Eisold Miller

I have always had a keen interest in people. I come from a family of therapists but I always thought myself too opinionated to actually be a therapist myself so I decided to pursue another passion of mine: justice. Once enrolled in law school, it didn’t take me long to realize that law school is not about justice so I returned to my interest in people and focused my education and my career on the intersection where the law meets people in their everyday lives.

My early career was at a firm where about half our practice was matrimonial work and the other half child welfare litigation. As I gained experience in family law, I quickly realized that there had to be a better way to help people settle divorces than what I and my colleagues were doing. When I took my first mediation training in 1990, I was hopeful that this was the solution I was looking for. By integrating mediation ideas and skills into my divorce negotiations, the possibility to find mutual solutions that didn’t create long-term division was much more likely.

After 10 years of serving divorcing clients, I found myself going through my own divorce. I’d like to say I applied all the lessons I learned from going through this process so many times as a lawyer, but I did not. I felt a tidal wave of fear for the well-being of my son and daughter. As a litigator, my observation had been that it was impossible to keep children out of the middle no matter how much everyone said they wanted to protect them. More times than I want to admit, I’d seen children used as a bargaining chip — viewed without a voice or needs of their own. I was unwilling to take that risk with my children. When I saw the risks to my children, it came home to me how destructive divorce litigation can be for children. So much so, I got out of the field altogether.

I quit my job and began taking an intent focus on investing in the one person I seemed to be ignoring my entire life — myself. I realized I had been going through life doing everything I thought I was supposed to, without being in touch with what I really wanted. I had become a guest in my own skin. By grabbing hold of my own reins, I found freedom and hope in myself. That’s what empowered me to take control of my life and my future. It is that venture that led me to form the Miller Law Group because I wanted to run a law firm where we think about our clients as people first and truly protect the interests of their children. This is where true strength and advocacy lies and this is why we are able to help our clients get the best results possible.

I am also a director at the Center for Understanding in Conflict where, for more than 15 years, my colleagues and I teach other professionals mediation, collaborative law and other conflict resolution skills.

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D.
  • Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • New York State Bar
  • Connecticut Bar
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Connecticut

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Family Law – Mediation, Collaborative Practice, and Negotiation
  • 15% Estate Planning
  • 5% Small Business

Professional Associations and Activities

  • NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, Current President, 2003 – 2014
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2004 – 2014
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • New York Association of Collaborative Professionals (President and Board Member)
  • Academy of Conflict Resolution Association of Family
  • Divorce Mediation Council

Classes/Seminars

  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice – NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2013
  • Advanced Collaborative Training – Working with Interests – New Mexico Collaborative Law Group and Bucks County Collaborative Law Group, 2013
  • Advanced Collaborative Law Trainings – Pivotal Moments in Collaborative Practice –International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2013
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice – NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2012
  • Advanced Collaborative Training – The Collaborative End Game — Bucks County Collaborative Law Group, 2012
  • Mediation Skills for Collaborative Professionals– NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2012
  • Mediation Intensive Training – Center for Understanding in Conflict, 2012
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice – Montgomery County Bar Association, 2012
  • Self-Reflection in Action for Conflict Resolution Professionals — Center for Understanding in Conflict, 2011
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice – NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2011
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice – Bucks County Collaborative Law Group, 2011
  • Mediation Skills for Collaborative Professionals– NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2011
  • Mediation Intensive Training – Center for Understanding in Conflict, 2006
  • Mediation Intensive Training – Center for Understanding in Conflict , 2010
  • The Collaborative End Game – Maryland Collaborative Law Group, 2010
  • Self-Reflection in Action for Conflict Resolution Professionals — Center for Understanding in Conflict, 2010
  • Mediation Intensive Training – Center for Understanding in Conflict , 2009
  • The Collaborative End Game – International Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2009
  • High Conflict Cases – Center for Interpersonal Development, 2009
  • The Role of Law in Mediation and Collaborative Practice – International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2009
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Collaborative Law, 2009
  • Mediation Intensive Training – Center for Understanding in Conflict, 2008
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice – NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2008
  • Mediation Skills for Collaborative Professionals – NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2008
  • Mediation Intensive Training – Center for Understanding in Conflict, 2007
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice – NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2007
  • The Collaborative End Game – NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2007

Representative Cases

  • Carroll v. Carroll, 236 A.D.2d 353, 653 N.Y.S.2d 643, 1997 N.Y. Slip Op. 00 (App Div 2nd Dept 1997)
  • In re H.C. Children, 235 A.D.2d 358, 653 N.Y.S.2d 849 (Mem), 1997 N.Y. Slip O (App Div 1st Dept 1997)
  • Archer W. v. Commissioner of Social Services, 173 A.D.2d 543, 570 N.Y.S.2d 144 (App Div 2nd Dept 1991)

Past Employment

  • Rubinstein & Ury, Westport, Connecticut, 1986-1987
  • Law Offices of Elise Fatoullah, New York, N.Y., 1987-1988
  • Law Office of John E. Halpin, New York, N.Y., 1988-1998

About the Firm

Our law firm is AV Preeminent-rated* under Martindale Hubbell’s peer review system, and Ms. Miller has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Contact our law office in New Rochelle, New York, or New York City by calling (914) 223-7115 for a confidential consultation about your divorce or other family law matters. Attorneys at our New Rochelle office serve clients throughout Westchester, including White Plains. We also have Manhattan offices that serve clients in New York City.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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