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M. Kathleen Miller


Phone: 251-405-1220
Fax: 251-432-6843


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, J.D. (1980) (Director, Tulane Legal Assistance Program)
  • Newcomb College, New Orleans, Louisiana, B.A. (1978)

Admitted In

  • Alabama, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2000

Appointed Positions

  • Chancellor for Alabama for the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
  • Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Norway in Alabama
  • Adjunct Professor in Admiralty, University of Alabama School of Law

Admiralty and maritime law has been a major part of Ms. Miller’s practice since she was admitted to the bar in 1980. Ms. Miller has extensive experience in representing vessel owners, stevedores, towers, underwriters, ship’s agents and freight forwarders in personal injury, cargo, limitation of liability, towage, collision and allision cases, vessel financing, maritime liens and maritime commercial disputes. Ms. Miller also represents insurers and corporate clients in insurance coverage disputes involving various types of both maritime and non maritime policies. Ms. Miller’s trial practice includes the defense of medical malpractice, professional liability and commercial cases.


Considerations for Allocating Risk through Contractual Indemnity and Insurance Obligations, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute 2019 (with Raymond T. Waid and Kristen L. Teatom); Recent Developments in Admiralty Law in the Eleventh, Eighth and Sixth Circuits, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, 2003; Recent Developments in Admiralty Law in the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, 1994; Cargo Legal Liabilities: A Comparison of the Liabilities of Carriers, Stevedores, Terminal Operators and Others for Cargo, 17 Cum. L. Rev. 763, 1987

Professional Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Mobile Bar Association (President 2007)
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (Vice Chair, 2023)
  • Paul W. Brock Chapter, American Inns of Court (Past President)

Awards and Recognition

  • Best Lawyers® Mobile, AL, “Lawyer of the Year”; Admiralty and Maritime Law (2021, 2016); Insurance Law (2020); Bet-the-Company Litigation (2017)
  • Best Lawyers®, listed since 2005, Admiralty and Maritime Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law and Medical Malpractice Law
  • Mobile Bar Association Women Lawyers Trailblazer Award (2018)
  • Alabama Bar Association Susan B. Livingston Leadership Award (2018)

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