Our Team

More Than 140 Years
Of Combined Experience


Sholes & Miller has brought together knowledgeable and accomplished personnel and attorneys to help you, and we are proud of our record representing healthcare providers. With a strong and experienced health law team, Sholes & Miller is well versed on regional and national issues affecting the healthcare industry. Our team of lawyers has extensive experience in litigation defense; professional discipline/license matters; administrative proceedings involving the NYS Department of Health and other agencies; Medicare; Medicaid; alleged billing overpayment; mental hygiene law proceedings; defense of fraud allegations; business contracts; mergers; employment law and most other areas of law related to the practices of health professionals and the administration of health care organizations.

Sarah E. Sholes

Sarah E. Sholes has more than thirty years of experience in trying complex cases to verdict in the defense of general liability and medical malpractice claims. She has won defense verdicts in the vast majority of those cases, including numerous trials in which plaintiffs’ counsel asked the jury to award multi-million dollar damages. A graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego and the University of Buffalo Law School, Ms. Sholes’ experience encompasses all aspects of personal injury litigation, including product liability, labor law, motor vehicle, premises liability, property damage, rape, false arrest and slander cases. Insurance coverage, Title VII and Title IX sexual harassment investigations, and real estate transactions also lie within the realm of her experience. In addition, Ms. Sholes has successfully represented physicians, surgeons, hospitals and nursing homes in administrative hearings and a large variety of professional malpractice claims in state and federal courts. In orchestrating those trials, she has consulted and has called to the witness stand many highly accomplished physicians who are nationally respected in their fields of specialty.

Ms. Sholes is a resident of the Town of Hyde Park. She serves as Vice President of the Hyde Park Dutch Reformed Church and is a lifetime emeritus trustee at the Anderson Center for Autism.

She is a member of the Dutchess County Bar Association, the Dutchess County Judicial Screening Committee, and the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Ninth Judicial District. In addition, she is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of the State of NY and the NY State Malpractice Defense Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in federal courts in the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York State.

Robert Irving Miller

Since 1994, Robert Irving Miller has successfully represented businesses, health care professionals and individuals in litigation, at trials and in appeals. His primary focus – medical malpractice defense, health law and all matters related to the administration of health care facilities. Mr. Miller’s experience in both the fields of law and health care has made him an ideal advocate for the health care industry. Mr. Miller is licensed to practice law in both New York and Connecticut as well as in federal courts in the northern and southern districts of New York.

Mr. Miller graduated from Pace University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Pace Law Review. He had previously earned undergraduate degrees in nursing and health services administration, as well as a master of science degree in management science. His early health care career included substantial experience as a registered nurse in emergency rooms and critical care. He later worked as the assistant administrator at Little Falls Hospital in Little Falls, New York, and the Chief Operating Officer of the Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Hospital in Cold Spring, New York. He is also a former licensed nursing home administrator.

Mr. Miller frequently lectures and provides consultations on legal and health-related subjects and has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the New School for Social Research, Marist College, and Dutchess Community College. Mr. Miller has taught subjects such as community health and legal aspects of health services administration, civil litigation and human resources and administration.

Mr. Miller is a member of the Dutchess County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association and DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar. Mr. Miller currently serves on the boards of The Brookmeade Community, The Baptist Home and the Catskill-Hudson Area Health Education Center. He is a former member of the Dutchess County Board of Health. He has been the president and board chair of Abilities First, Inc., a not-for-profit organization serving people with developmental disabilities. He also served on the Institutional Review Board at Vassar College. Mr. Miller has also previously served on hospital and nursing home ethics committees and the boards of other community organizations, including the former Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce and Rebuilding Together – Dutchess County.

Angela Thompson-Tinsley

Angela Thompson-Tinsley graduated summa cum laude from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, with her B.A. in 1991 and from Brooklyn Law School with her J.D. in 1994. Ms. Thompson-Tinsley was the recipient of the Brooklyn Law School Sparer Public Interest Fellowship, an elite program where fellows participate in a 10-week summer internship with a public interest organization in the U.S. or abroad. She was the Law Intern to the Honorable Leo Glasser, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and was a member of the Brooklyn Law School Trial Advocacy Team where she was a regional quarter-finalist.

In addition, Ms. Thompson Tinsley was a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law where she was the Executive Articles Editor. She is the author of, “International Protection of Women’s Rights: An Analysis of Open Door Counseling Ltd. and Dublin Well Women Center v. Ireland”, Boston University International Law Journal, Vol.12, No. 2 (Fall 1994). Ms. Thompson-Tinsley was also a volunteer with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Legal Services from 1993-1998.

Ms. Thompson-Tinsley is admitted to practice in New York for the U.S. District Court and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is a member of the Dutchess County Bar Association and the Mid-Hudson Woman’s Bar Association.

Ms. Thompson-Tinsley’s practice focuses on medical malpractice defense, personal injury defense and the representation of physicians and other health professionals in disciplinary proceedings at the Department of Health and Department of Education.

Jeffrey Judd

Jeffrey Judd received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1980 and in 1989 earned his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Journal and President of the Arts and Entertainment Law Society. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York and all courts of the State of New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, American Association for Justice and New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Judd’s practice focuses on medical malpractice and personal injury litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Judd practiced in the areas of high-profile mass tort litigation, medical and dental malpractice defense and insurance coverage litigation.

Mary Pat Burke

Mary Pat Burke has been practicing law for 27 years. Her most recent focus has been in the area of medical malpractice defense representing hospitals and medical professionals including physicians, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners, as well as nurses, respiratory therapists and physical therapists. Ms. Burke also has extensive experience in general liability defense, including premises liability, motor vehicle, school district and municipal liability defense, construction accidents and product liability. She worked for many years as in house counsel for a national insurance carrier and other well respected defense firms prior to joining Sholes & Miller.

Ms. Burke received her BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1986 before obtaining her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School of Union University in 1989.

Ms. Burke is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey state courts and the US District Court of New Jersey.

Melissa Ann Dizon

Melissa Ann D. Dizon joined the firm in January 2013 and was named partner in January 2019.   She focuses her practice in the fields of medical malpractice defense, Article 81 and Article 17-A guardianships, and proceedings under the Mental Hygiene Law.  She frequently gives presentations to providers, hospitals and other organizations concerning statutory and regulatory compliance under the Mental Hygiene Law.  She also counsels physicians and other healthcare providers in employment contract reviews, as well as various regulatory and compliance issues.  Additionally, Ms. Dizon is certified as a Civil Rights Investigator by the Association of Title IX Administrators, and her experience includes Title VII and Title IX investigations.

Ms. Dizon earned her law degree cum laude from Albany Law School in 2011, with a concentration and honors distinction in health law.  During law school, she served on the Health Law Society’s Executive Board, and was an Associate Editor of the Albany Government Law Review.  She also interned with the Mental Hygiene Legal Service for the Third Judicial Department and the Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center’s Health Law Clinic.

Prior to law school, Ms. Dizon worked in the mental health field, in both clinical and
administrative capacities.  Her educational background includes degrees and graduate studies in public health and the health sciences from Stony Brook University, Drexel University College of Medicine, and Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health.

Ms. Dizon serves on the Dutchess County Board of Health, and also chairs the Health Disparities Committee for that Board.  She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, Dutchess County Bar Association and Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association.  She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star, and has been selected as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for Upstate New York.  She and her husband reside in Dutchess County with their two children and faithful dog, Astrid.

Randy L. Braun

Randy L. Braun represents employers and individuals in the areas of labor, employment, discrimination, human resources, prevailing wage and construction law. His philosophy is one of creativity and pragmatism; he strives consistently to achieve the best possible result for the client and to make the client’s experience in working with an attorney a positive one.

Mr. Braun is of counsel to the firm in our labor and employment law department. He is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law. He holds a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, from Pace University, where he was elected to the prestigious Alpha Chi National Academic Honor Society. Mr. Braun is admitted to practice before all courts of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.


Janet P. Sistare

Since 1988, Janet P. Sistare has been a civil litigator and trial lawyer, representing businesses in state, federal and appellate courts, as well as in independent and inter-company arbitrations and mediations. Her litigation practice includes representation of insurance carriers in subrogation claims for product liability, fires, and other catastrophic losses; first­-party defense of arson, fraud, and bad faith claims; third­-party defense of personal injury and automobile accident claims; and providing legal opinions on insurance coverage issues.

Ms. Sistare was a Partner with Blackburn & Sistare from 1991 to 1996, and with Moller, Peck & O’Brien, L.L.C., from 1997 to 1999. She also served as co-chairperson of the Hartford County Bar Association Small Firms Committee (1999-2000), and as a faculty member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Institute of Trial Advocacy (1999).

Throughout the course of her career, she has also represented financial institutions, individuals and homeowners’ associations in a broad range of matters, including real estate transactions, commercial transactions, foreclosures, title issues and landlord-tenant matters.

Ms. Sistare received her B.A. with honors in a double major from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in 1985, and her J.D. from the Western New England University School of Law in 1988. She was admitted to practice in the states of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania in 1988, Connecticut in 1989, and most recently in New York in 2015. She is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the ARC of Dutchess.

Ms. Sistare joined Sholes & Miller as an associate in 2018.

Kimberly Brown

Kimberly Brown joined Sholes & Miller, LLP in October of 2018, after practicing as a Litigation Associate for over thirteen years at a New York City personal injury/medical malpractice law firm.  Her experience is primarily in medical malpractice, personal injury, premises liability, product liability, automobile accidents/no-fault and labor law.

In the spring of 2004, Mrs. Brown was a judicial intern for New York City Civil Court Justice Shlomo S. Hagler, (who is now a Supreme Court Justice).  Other work experience includes in the fields of real estate law and intellectual property.

Mrs. Brown received a B.A. at Binghamton University, graduating summa cum laude.  Mrs. Brown majored in Philosophy, Politics and Law, and minored in Business. Mrs. Brown was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key Honor Societies.

In 2005, Mrs. Brown graduated Benjamin N. Cardozo, School of Law, within the top 20% of her class.  She was an Article Editor for the law school’s journal, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Mrs. Brown was admitted to practice in New York in April of 2006 and she is currently awaiting the review of her admission to the Massachusetts Bar.

Mrs. Brown is new to the Hudson Valley area, and she is enjoying her new surroundings with her husband and three children.