Miriam J. McKendall is a partner in the Boston office of Holland & Knight. She is Co-Chair of the Education Team and concentrates her practice in employment law, education law and related litigation. She provides counseling to clients in employment related issues, such as investigation and defense of sexual harassment and discrimination claims; development of disability and reasonable accommodations policies and procedures; wage and hour compliance and defense of audits and claims; defense of claims pending at the MCAD, EEOC, DOL, OCR, DOE, and state and federal courts; OSHA compliance and litigation; negotiation and preparation of employment agreements and severance agreements; the development of workplace policies and preventative strategies for containment of potential employee claims; and training of managers and administrators. She also provides counseling to clients in matters related to higher education, including student discipline, student disability, Title IX and sexual misconduct matters, campus security and Clery Act compliance, loss prevention and risk management, tenure faculty governance issues, regulatory compliance and crisis management.

Ms. McKendall is a member of the OSHA, Workplace Safety and Whistleblower Claims Team at Holland & Knight. She completed the Occupational Safety and Health Act Forty Hour Training Course (OSHA 500) taught by the United States Department of Labor in 1994, and has served as a panelist on OSHA Thirty Hour Training Programs. 

Ms. McKendall frequently presents on employment compliance, student and academic matters, policy development and compliance issues.


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • Brown University, B.S., magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
  • All State Courts in Massachusetts
  • All State Courts in Rhode Island
  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Federal Bar Association, District of Massachusetts, past Officer
  • National Association of Women in Construction, Boston Chapter, former Director
  • Brown University Club of Boston, former Director
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Education Law, Employment Law - Management, 2009-2020
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Labor & Employment, 2013-2020
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2018, 2019
  • Boston's Best Lawyers
  • Boston Bar Association, Co-Chair, College and University Section, 2009-2011
  • Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law, International Advisory Board
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


Speaking Engagements