Carra Miller

Partner / Corpus Christi

P: 713.588.0446

Carra Miller has rarely lived far from the Gulf Coast, and her affinity for and knowledge of the region make her a natural to lead the firm’s Corpus Christi office. The native of Ocean Springs, Mississippi received an undergraduate degree in Maritime Administration from Texas A&M (Galveston campus) and earned her law degree from Tulane before establishing her practice in Corpus Christi, where she now considers home. Despite other demands she still tries to find time to enjoy the people, culture and recreational opportunities of a place she truly loves.

The ongoing addition of new terminals and related infrastructure have greatly increased the Port of Corpus Christi’s capabilities to handle the largest oil and LNG tankers and have led to greater business opportunities and demands for the firm and its clients.

Carra has experience in a broad range of maritime law issues in state and federal courts and appreciates the distinct and nuanced nature of each case, which she finds often rest on the confluence of more recent rulings with legal principles that may be thousands of years old. As a result, Carra takes a deep dive into the facts of every dispute to determine the best defense while anticipating the arguments of the opposition. Her clients prize her attention to detail and preparation, whether the matter involves a personal injury claim, cargo damage, a contract dispute or other complex issue.

Carra’s commitment to leadership is evident in her work on behalf of several bar associations. She fervently believes that such networks are where attorneys of every level of experience and area of expertise can both find support and serve as mentors to others.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty and Maritime

Education

  • J.D., Tulane University Law School
  • B.S. in Maritime Administration, Texas A&M University

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Honors and Distinctions

  • E.R. Industry Leader, THE BEND MAGAZINE, October 2021
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, Corpus Christi Bar Association, May 2021
  • Top Attorney, Civil Litigation, THE BEND MAGAZINE, March 2021
  • 2020 Pro Bono Leader, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, February 2021
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2020 – Present
  • Steven G. Condos Award for Outstanding New Member to the College, Texas Bar College, July 2020
  • 2019 Pro Bono Leader, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, February 2020
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2020 – Present
  • Texas Bar College, Member, 2019 – Present
  • Cargo Cult Award, Prof. Michael Butterworth, Carriage of Goods by Sea/ADMR 6080, Tulane University Law School, May 2016
  • Connecticut Maritime Association Scholarship Award, 2012

Published Works

  • Miller’s Maritime Newsletter, Publisher & Editor, July 2021 to present (authorized by Dennis Bryant of Bryant’s Maritime Consulting).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law, 56 TORT TRIAL & INS. PRAC. L. J. 185 (2021) (coauthor).
  • Recent Maritime Law Developments in the Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, June 2019.
  • Recent Development, Proposed Plastic Bag Restrictions in New Orleans: New Orleans, La. Carryout Bag Regulations (Proposed Nov. 19, 2015), 29 TUL. ENVTL. L. J. 383 (2017).
  • Comment, Black Gold Beneath the Loblolly Pines: The Takings Clause and Hydraulic Fracturing in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, 28 TUL. ENVTL. L. J. 409 (2015) (cited by JAMES A. KUSHNER, SUBDIVISION LAW & GROWTH MANAGEMENT, ch. 3, 3:7, at 78-79 (2016); Hydraulic Fracturing (Hydrofracking): Louisiana, PACE LAW LIBRARY RESEARCH GUIDES, available at: https://libraryguides.law.pace.edu/c.php?g=319403&p=6092409); Leah A. Dundon, Dissertation, Managing Hydraulic Fracturing: Approaches to Assessing and Addressing Transportation Impacts, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY (Dec. 16, 2017)).

Speeches and Presentations

  • Hurricane Ida Recovery: Helping our Neighbors, Corpus Christi Bar Association, September 2021.
  • Admiralty & Maritime Law, Practice Areas 101, TEXAS YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (podcast) (August 2021).
  • We’re Not All in the Same Boat: Maritime Multi-Party Liability Under the Collateral Source Rule and McDermott v. AmClyde Progeny, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, June 2021.
  • State Bar Member Benefits and Rules Vote Overview, Corpus Christi Bar Association, February 2021.
  • State Bar of Texas Director Update, Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association, August 2020.
  • Recent Maritime Law Developments in the Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, June 2019.
  • Admiralty & Maritime Law, Brown Bag Lunch Series, Texas Maritime Museum, June 2019.

Classes and Seminars Taught

  • Guest Lectures, MARA 304/660 Risk and Marine Insurance, Texas A&M University, October 2020, January 2021, October 2021.

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
    • District 11 Director, 2020-2023
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
    • Competitions Committee, 2019-2020
    • Attorney Wellness Committee, 2019-2020
  • Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Associations
    • President, 2020-2021
    • President-Elect, 2019-2020
    • Treasurer, 2018-2019
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association
    • Treasurer, 2021-2022
    • Director, 2020-2021
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
    • Director, 2019-2021
  • Corpus Christi Bar Association
    • Secretary, 2021-2022
    • Chair, Membership Committee, 2021-2022
    • Co-Chair, Law Day Committee, 2021-2022
    • Young Lawyer Representative to the Board of Directors, 2020-2021
    • Chair, Membership Committee, 2020-2021
    • Pro Bono Committee, 2020-2021
  • American Bar Association
  • Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Louisiana State Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Texas A&M University Galveston Campus Mentorship Program, 2019 – Present
  • Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association, Member 2017 – Present
  • Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Corpus Christi, Member 2017 – Present
  • Sea Aggie Former Student Network, Member 2013 – Present
  • The Association of Former Students Texas A&M, Member 2012 – Present