‘Keep It at the Office’: The Perks and Pitfalls of Working With Relatives at a Law Firm

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March 22, 2021

‘Keep It at the Office’: The Perks and Pitfalls of Working With Relatives at a Law Firm


Ryan Miller, left, and his wife Amy Morilla Miller, right, of Miller & Morilla in Stratford. Courtesy photo

For family members who are also attorneys working together, there is friendly competition and different ways to cope with a job that is inherently stressful by nature.

For husband-and-wife team Ryan Miller and Amy Morilla Miller of Miller & Morilla in Stratford, the work day ends when they head home.

‘We Balance Each Other Out’

Miller’s specialty is personal injury law, but his wife’s is immigration law. They both agree that having two practice areas enhances their working relationship.

“I don’t know if we could work together if we had the same practice area. We are such control freaks in our work, and we both like to be on top of everything. We like to control our own cases. And I think if we both had the same practice area we’d step on each other’s toes,” Miller said. “This works for us because we know nothing about the other’s practice, so we just stay in our own lanes.”

The couple opened the firm that bares their name in September 2019.

Morilla Miller said her nature is “more laid back then Ryan’s.”

“He is a little more high strung, so we balance each other out,” she said. “We also wear different hats in the office. I do a lot of the office management and he stays out of that.”

The couple, who have three young children, work in Stratford, which is 10 miles from their Shelton home. They have built a playroom in the law firm for their two-month old, who, Morilla Miller said, “is with us all the time.”

Morilla Miller said working alongside her husband “works well because we consider each other teammates as opposed to competitors. There is a lot of balancing, and we rely on each other for support.”

This excerpt comes from law.com


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