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Charles M. Merkel Jr - Clarksdale, MS

30 Delta Avenue Clarksdale, MS 38614

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Clarksdale Litigation & Appeals Lawyer

Overview

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law in June 1966, Mr. Merkel accepted an appointment under the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program and served for 4 years in the tax division of the Department of Justice in a refund trial section trying tax refund cases in the U.S. District Courts over a five state area. In October 1970, Mr. Merkel returned to his native Mississippi, accepting a position with the firm of Sullivan, Dunbar & Smith...
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law in June 1966, Mr. Merkel accepted an appointment under the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program and served for 4 years in the tax division of the Department of Justice in a refund trial section trying tax refund cases in the U.S. District Courts over a five state area. In October 1970, Mr. Merkel returned to his native Mississippi, accepting a position with the firm of Sullivan, Dunbar & Smith. In 1973, he was involved in the formation of the firm of Holcomb, Dunbar, Connell & Merkel where he was involved primarily in litigation until the spring of 1982 when Mr. Merkel and Mr. Cocke formed Merkel & Cocke for the purpose of handling complex plaintiff's litigation with emphasis in medical malpractice, product liability, toxic torts, drug reactions, brain damage cases, and in general, all catastrophic personal injury cases. Mr. Merkel has received multiple jury awards ranging from 1 million to 20 million dollars and many more million dollar settlements. He is active in trial lawyer activities and is a frequent lecturer on trial technique and advocacy, appearing at seminars sponsored by the Mississippi State Bar, Mississippi Association for Justice, American Board of Trial Advocates, and others. For more than 30 years, Mr. Merkel has personally delivered hundreds of jury presentations in the representation of personal injury victims whose cases involved complex medical and technical injury mechanisms and causation problems.

About Charles M. Merkel Jr

Practice Areas

  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff & Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Taxation Law
  • Professional Malpractice Law

Litigation

  • 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Managing Member, since 1982

Representative Clients

  • Hartford Insurance Company
  • United Southern Bank
  • Monsanto
  • Union Planners Bank, National Association

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1966
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1969
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1969
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi

Other Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 1983 - Present (Member)
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, 1982 - Present (Member)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1982 - Present (Member)
  • Mississippi Bar Association, 1991 - Present (Fellow)
  • Board Directors, Lula Rich Educational Foundation, 1983 - 1989
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Member)
  • Primerus
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (President)
  • Mississippi Association for Justice (Secretary)
  • American Association for Justice, 1982 - Present (Member)

Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi, 1966
    Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Honors: 2nd in Class
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    LL.M., Master of Law(s)
  • University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 1964
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: magna cum laude

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Sigma Chi
  • Phi Delta Phi

Past Positions

  • Sullivan, Dunbar & Smith
  • Holcomb, Dunbar, Connell & Merkel, 1973 - Present

Classes and Seminars

  • Lecturer, Trial Technique and Advocacy, Mississippi State Bar
  • Lecturer, Trial Technique and Advocacy, Mississippi Association for Justice
  • Lecturer, Trial Technique and Advocacy, American Board of Trial Advocates

Achievements

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Included on the 2023 Mid-South list


Past Lists

  • 2022 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Mid-South Super Lawyers list

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Honors

  • Super Lawyers, 2006 - Present
  • Best Lawyers in America to Present

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Address

30 Delta Avenue Clarksdale, MS 38614

Fax

  • 662-627-3592

Accepts Credit Cards

Yes

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