Mikel R. Kinser is a native of West Virginia, born in Charleston, West Virginia. While attending high school at George Washington High School in Charleston, Mikel developed a passion for politics and was the Secretary of her school’s Young Democrats organization. Additionally, Mikel has volunteered for many state and national election campaigns, for officials such as Gov. Bob Wise, Joe Manchin, III, Justice Margaret Workman, and Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign.
Educational and Work Background
Mikel attended college at West Virginia University, where she received a Bachelor’s in International Studies, with a focus on Diplomacy and National Security, and a minor in Political Science. During the Summer of 2004, Mikel served as an intern for Joe Manchin, III at the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office. Additionally, Mikel had the opportunity to showcase her diplomatic skills in 2007 when she served as a delegate of Belize on behalf of West Virginia University at the Washington Model Organization of American States.
After earning her Bachelor’s degree, Mikel decided to pursue a legal career and was accepted to the West Virginia University College of Law. In 2009, Mikel served as a Summer Law Clerk for Justice Margaret Workman at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Mikel graduated from law school and received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence in May 2011, and was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar and the United States District Court for the Southern District in October 2011. Mikel primarily works in the areas of Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Appellate Law, and Post-Conviction Remedies.
Mikel is optimistic that this country can be a paragon for the rest of the world in energy conservation and efficiency, as well as a leader in sustainable living. In an effort to reduce the Rollins Law Office’s own ecological footprint, Mikel initiated a firm-wide recycling program in 2011.