Our Team

More Than 195 Years Of Combined Experience

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 is 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 hospitals, nursing homes, physicians and other health professionals. 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 as 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, the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Medical Defense Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Mr. Miller is treasurer and serves on the board of The Brookmeade Community and The Baptist Home, for which he was awarded the 2021 NY Trustee of the Year Award from LeadingAge NY. He has also been elected as a trustee of the East Fishkill Public Library District. Mr. Miller is a former member of the Dutchess County Board of Health and 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 and the Catskill-Hudson Area Health Education Center.

Mary Pat Burke

Mary Pat Burke has been practicing law since 1989. 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 state courts. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Dutchess County Bar Association.

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.

 

Kimberly L. Brown

Kimberly L. Brown joined Sholes & Miller 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. Other work experience includes the fields of real estate law and intellectual property.

Mrs. Brown received a B.A. from 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 the spring of 2004, Mrs. Brown was a judicial intern for New York City Civil Court Justice Shlomo S. Hagler (who is now a State Supreme Court Justice).

In 2005, Mrs. Brown graduated from 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 was also admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2019. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of New York (Mid-Hudson Chapter).

Mrs. Brown resides in Dutchess County with her husband and three children.

Ellen A. Fischer

Medical malpractice, personal injury and appellate attorney Ellen A. Fischer has extensive experience in state appellate and motion practice. She also is well versed in Mental Hygiene Law, including involuntary retention and medication hearings; federal motion practice; defense of physicians in Civil Rights actions by prisoners; and defense of premises liability actions.

Mrs. Fischer graduated with honors from Binghamton University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and General Literature. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Villanova University School of Law in 1993. She has more than twenty-six years of experience as an attorney.

Mrs. Fischer is a member of the New York State Bar Association (Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section) and the Women’s Bar Association of New York (Mid-Hudson Chapter). She is admitted to practice in New York State and in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mrs. Fischer has practiced primarily as a medical malpractice defense attorney since 1998. She became affiliated with Sholes & Miller in 2019. Mrs. Fischer is a life-long resident of Dutchess County, where she lives with her husband and their two children.

 

Robert R. Haskins

Mr. Haskins’ law practice centers on the defense of physicians, nurses, hospitals and nursing homes in medical malpractice litigation. Mr. Haskins, of counsel to the firm, is involved in all aspects of medical defense litigation including case assessment, fact and medical investigation reviews, depositions, motions and appeals. In addition, he represents plaintiffs in personal injury litigation. Mr. Haskins is also an experienced, certified mediator.

Mr. Haskins received his BA from the State University of New York at New Paltz before earning his Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University School of Law.  He is admitted to practice in all New York State courts and the United States District Courts in both the Southern and Northern Districts of New York. Mr. Haskins is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Haskins has made a positive impact on our community by contributing his expertise to many local not-for-profits. He has served on numerous boards, including the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, Mental Health America, Kaatsbaan Center for Dance and the Springside Restoration.

Mr. Haskins has lectured at Oxford University on reproductive rights and has taught Reproductive Law and Policy at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He has had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the New York State convention of the National Organization of Women.

Leilani J. Rodriguez

Leilani Rodriguez focuses primarily on the areas of professional liability, including medical and legal malpractice, general liability, civil rights, employment discrimination, matrimonial law and appellate litigation. Her past clients include medical professionals and other lawyers. Ms. Rodriguez has diverse and extensive legal experience, having practiced in both the private and public sectors in state and federal court. She has a passion for pursuing a just result for her clients and prides herself on developing multifaceted strategies for achieving the best possible outcome.

Prior to joining Sholes & Miller, Ms. Rodriguez was a partner at one of the area’s top insurance defense firms where she primarily represented the interests of prominent hospitals and physicians throughout Westchester, New York City and Long Island. She also previously represented attorneys in legal malpractice actions where the underlying cases were wide ranging, spanning from matrimonial actions to real estate transactions.

Before transitioning to the private sector, Ms. Rodriguez worked for seven years in the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the State Counsel Division and the Federal Habeas Corpus Unit. She defended the State in numerous lawsuits, including general negligence, medical malpractice, municipal law and automobile accidents.  She also briefed and argued numerous cases in all four New York Federal District Courts and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Ms. Rodriguez is also a former Assistant District Attorney, having worked at the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office immediately following law school.  While in the Appeals Bureau, Ms. Rodriguez briefed and argued cases in the First Department and the New York State Court of Appeals. Of note, in the New York State Court of Appeals case People v Chiddick, 8 N.Y.3d 445 (2007), which has been cited over 350 times by the courts, Ms. Rodriguez successfully defended a burglary conviction and the Court provided much needed clarification of the definition of “substantial pain” necessary to establish the element of physical injury.

Ms. Rodriguez is admitted to state practice in New York and New Jersey, as well as all four New York Federal District Courts and the Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Dutchess County Bar Association. She graduated from Pace University School of Law with honors in 2004 and earned her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 2001. Ms. Rodriguez resides in Dutchess County with her family.

Attorneys

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.