Miranda K. Martinez
University of South Florida – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 2015
Stetson University College of Law – Juris Doctor, 2019
The Florida Bar
Lakeland Bar Association
Junior League of Greater Lakeland
Miranda K. Martinez was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and moved with her family to Lakeland in 2000. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida where she majored in Political Science. During her time at USF, Ms. Martinez studied Urban Politics in London and Paris and was active in USF’s GloBull Ambassadors program. During her senior year of college, she was selected for a Corporate Counsel internship at the Publix Super Markets, Inc. headquarters in Lakeland. During her internship, Ms. Martinez represented Publix in the Lakeland Economic Development Council’s Summer Leadership Program.
In Fall 2015, Ms. Martinez enrolled in Stetson University’s College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. She lived in Lakeland and commuted to Stetson, while also working part-time in Corporate Counsel at Publix. This allowed her to gain valuable, hands-on legal experience while attending law school. Ms. Martinez went on to become President of Stetson’s part-time student society for over two years, was a mentor for Publix’s Internship Program for four years, and proudly provided pro-bono legal assistance for Metropolitan Ministries and Wills for Heroes, both in Tampa, FL. During her time at Stetson, Ms. Martinez was honored to study comparative trial advocacy at St. Hugh’s College at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), competing in mock trials with international law students. She was also awarded Runner-up Best Oralist in an Appellate Advocacy Competition and was a recipient of the James Nemec Scholarship award for civic engagement.
Upon completion of her Juris Doctorate, Ms. Martinez began her professional career with a Lakeland law firm specializing in the areas of Real Estate and Business Law. She joined Hardin & Ball in May 2021, expanding her practice to include Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law, Corporate Law, Contracts, Business Transactions, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Business Litigation. Ms. Martinez is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and she enjoys travel, reading, and spending time with family and friends.