Stephen Merrill, Attorney

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Firm Overview

Stephen Merrill is an experienced attorney who is new to Alaska arriving in 2009. Previously, Mr. Merrill practiced as a trial lawyer in Norfolk, Virginia, including a tour of duty in the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps. As a lifelong freedom fighter and thrill-seeker the time came to leave the East Coast to seek adventure in Alaska. Growing up in Fort Dodge, Iowa makes cold winters nothing novel.

The new law office is conveniently located just off the downtown Anchorage business district on Second Avenue. Free parking applies even on Barrow Street.


The fees are highly competitive. The service is prompt. We also try to add a friendly atmosphere to the attorney/client relationship.
Main Office

Main Office
201 Barrow Street, Suite 102c
BOARDWALK OFFICE SUITES
Anchorage  AK  99501

Phone
  • 907-771-9900
Auto Accident
The law office of Stephen Merrill with represent your Auto Accident legal matters.
The personal injury attorney suffers more scorn from the public than any other kind of lawyer does. They are called ambulance chasers, scriptwriters and worse. It is easy to be cynical about the whole system. Just look at the outrageous television commercials run by some personal injury attorneys. Look at some of the crazy results juries come up with.

But it is only easy to be cynical until the day you or someone close to you has a bad accident and needs a good attorney to get adequate compensation for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

If you have a serious injury it only makes sense to hire a serious attorney. You will not find Stephen Merrill riding spaceships in a television studio or shouting CASH, CASH, CASH through the television set. You will find him trying cases in court making the insurance companies pay by showing a jury why his client deserves a verdict.

If you believe there may be another personal injury attorney in Alaska who could get better results for you, ask them a simple question. Can you match this list of jury verdicts in the courts?

Attorney Stephen Merrill
Personal Injury Verdicts

Virginia Beach Circuit Court: A soldier had his left great toe permanently injured when a gate fell down on him at Fort Story. Highest insurance offer, $10,000. Jury Verdict, $250,000.

Hampton Circuit Court: A man sustained an injury in a traffic accident to one of the muscles in his chest. The injury may or may not cause him greater problems in the future. First insurance offer $2,000. Highest insurance offer $20,000. Jury Verdict, $214,000

Norfolk Circuit Court: A man afflicted with AIDS sues his doctor for testing him without his consent, for not telling him the positive result of the test and for mistakenly giving him immunity suppressing medicine thereafter. Highest pretrial offer, $30,000. Final settlement, $150,000 moments before a jury verdict.

Norfolk Circuit Court: A woman injured in a traffic accident underwent a neck surgery and had a complete recovery. Highest insurance offer, $25,000. Jury Verdict, $89,000.

Virginia Beach Circuit Court: A woman underwent a salon hairstyling that left an orange coloring and very brittle ends. She was embarrassed for a number of months, but incurred only $100 in out-of-pocket expenses. No photographs were available. Highest insurance offer, $1,000. Jury Verdict, $50,000.

If the personal injury lawyer to be handling your case has a track record at trial that exceeds these results, you have made a wise choice in legal counsel. If not, Stephen Merrill may be the right attorney for you.

Criminal Defense
The Law Office of Stephen Merrill with represent your Criminal Defense legal matters.
There are few more chilling experiences in life than to be suddenly under arrest. The shock and fear can control your thoughts throughout the day. Even the fact you are innocent of the charge does little to settle the sense of panic that immediately sets in.

Stephen Merrill has a tremendous track record in criminal cases, a smaller part of his practice now. From his time in the Navy Judge Advocate's General Corps till now few clients who challenged criminal charges at a trial were not acquitted or given a reduced charge. Indeed, he achieved three acquittals in the Navy JAG Corps in court-martials where acquittals are a rarity. His first five criminal trials in private practice ended in an acquittal or a reduction of the charge to a misdemeanor. He is known by prosecutors as a hard bargain to make.

There is no more important a decision to make in life than the decision on who to hire as your criminal defense attorney. Talk to friends, talk to those you regard the most and interview more than one attorney for your case.

Our attorney's fees for criminal and traffic cases are very reasonable. Our easy accessibility throughout your case lends you peace of mind during a difficult time.
Divorce
The law office of Stephen Merrill with represent your Divorce legal matters.
Having a wonderful family life can be at least as challenging as having a successful career. When relationships unravel, it is never more important to have a divorce attorney you can trust.

Mr. Merrill is experienced and effective in domestic relations cases. In a domestic case, the usual focus is to narrow the differences between the parties and to make everyone's experience less contentious. Our fees in such cases are very competitive with other Alaska law firms.

If however the other party to a domestic fight is not reasonable and a trial proves necessary, it is good to know your attorney has lots of trial experience.

Like the hurried business owner, many parents do not seek legal advice until after their domestic problems have become insurmountable. Early legal advice on the critical issues of custody and property division can often make the difference in the outcome of a case. When you know what the legal issues really are, it helps you achieve the outcome you desire faster and easier.
When people are in agreement, divorces and custody/support arrangements can be completed quickly and without incurring large legal expenses. If important matters are contested requiring a decision by a court the delays and expenses in family law cases can be as great as they are in contested commercial and insurance cases.
Estate Planning
The law office of Stephen Merrill with represent your Estate Planning legal matters.
Even when we depart this earth, we may leave trouble behind for those we love. The best way to avoid the uncertainty and expense of going to probate court is to make certain your final wishes are known and directed to be carried out through a will or a different form or estate planning. You need an estate planning attorney.

If a person dies without a will, known in the law as "intestate", that person's property will be divided according to the general priorities set by the legislature. Those priorities may not be the same as yours. For instance, in Virginia, if you die intestate and leave behind children with someone other than your present spouse, the decedent's children take two-thirds of the estate, the spouse one-third. Alaska's inheritance laws are unlikely to do things the way you would prefer.

Specific bequests of your property may never take place unless you write them out in a will. The fishing pole you wanted to give to your youngest son and the family ring you wanted your daughter to have may end up with someone else. You may not even be laid to rest in the place or manner you wish if your will does not state your wishes.

Given the great advances of modern medicine, you may also want to consider protecting yourself and your loved ones from medical treatments you consider 'extreme'. A Living Will appoints one or two loved ones to inform your physicians that you do not wish to remain on life support if there is virtually no chance of meaningful recovery. In the absence of such a document, most hospitals and physicians are reluctant to allow a patient to die a natural death. You may also leave written 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders, directing physicians not to use extraordinary means to prolong life after a terminal illness results in cardiac or respiratory arrest.

If you are one of the remaining people who has significant wealth, your need for a will and other financial planning is imperative. Without estate planning, the assets you worked so hard to gain may end fattening the coffers of the U.S. Treasury rather than going to your family or to worthy charities. You especially need an estate planning attorney. Through the use of trusts and gifts it is often necessary to execute estate planning steps years before one's last day on Earth.

Our attorney's fees for wills and other estate planning are highly competitive. Our friendly, can-do approach to client relations is a definite plus.
Personal Injury
The law office of Stephen Merrill with represent your Personal Injury legal matters.
The personal injury attorney suffers more scorn from the public than any other kind of lawyer does. They are called ambulance chasers, scriptwriters and worse. It is easy to be cynical about the whole system. Just look at the outrageous television commercials run by some personal injury attorneys. Look at some of the crazy results juries come up with.

But it is only easy to be cynical until the day you or someone close to you has a bad accident and needs a good attorney to get adequate compensation for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

If you have a serious injury it only makes sense to hire a serious attorney. You will not find Stephen Merrill riding spaceships in a television studio or shouting CASH, CASH, CASH through the television set. You will find him trying cases in court making the insurance companies pay by showing a jury why his client deserves a verdict.

If you believe there may be another personal injury attorney in Alaska who could get better results for you, ask them a simple question. Can you match this list of jury verdicts in the courts?

Attorney Stephen Merrill
Personal Injury Verdicts

Virginia Beach Circuit Court: A soldier had his left great toe permanently injured when a gate fell down on him at Fort Story. Highest insurance offer, $10,000. Jury Verdict, $250,000.

Hampton Circuit Court: A man sustained an injury in a traffic accident to one of the muscles in his chest. The injury may or may not cause him greater problems in the future. First insurance offer $2,000. Highest insurance offer $20,000. Jury Verdict, $214,000

Norfolk Circuit Court: A man afflicted with AIDS sues his doctor for testing him without his consent, for not telling him the positive result of the test and for mistakenly giving him immunity suppressing medicine thereafter. Highest pretrial offer, $30,000. Final settlement, $150,000 moments before a jury verdict.

Norfolk Circuit Court: A woman injured in a traffic accident underwent a neck surgery and had a complete recovery. Highest insurance offer, $25,000. Jury Verdict, $89,000.

Virginia Beach Circuit Court: A woman underwent a salon hairstyling that left an orange coloring and very brittle ends. She was embarrassed for a number of months, but incurred only $100 in out-of-pocket expenses. No photographs were available. Highest insurance offer, $1,000. Jury Verdict, $50,000.

If the personal injury lawyer to be handling your case has a track record at trial that exceeds these results, you have made a wise choice in legal counsel. If not, Stephen Merrill may be the right attorney for you.

Feel free to call for our Traffic Accident Check-List, a list of ways to protect yourself when you have been in an accident.
Probate
The law office of Stephen Merrill with represent your Probate legal matters.
Even when we depart this earth, we may leave trouble behind for those we love. The best way to avoid the uncertainty and expense of going to probate court is to make certain your final wishes are known and directed to be carried out through a will or a different form or estate planning. You need an estate planning attorney.

If a person dies without a will, known in the law as "intestate", that person's property will be divided according to the general priorities set by the legislature. Those priorities may not be the same as yours. For instance, in Virginia, if you die intestate and leave behind children with someone other than your present spouse, the decedent's children take two-thirds of the estate, the spouse one-third. Alaska's inheritance laws are unlikely to do things the way you would prefer.

Specific bequests of your property may never take place unless you write them out in a will. The fishing pole you wanted to give to your youngest son and the family ring you wanted your daughter to have may end up with someone else. You may not even be laid to rest in the place or manner you wish if your will does not state your wishes.

Given the great advances of modern medicine, you may also want to consider protecting yourself and your loved ones from medical treatments you consider 'extreme'. A Living Will appoints one or two loved ones to inform your physicians that you do not wish to remain on life support if there is virtually no chance of meaningful recovery. In the absence of such a document, most hospitals and physicians are reluctant to allow a patient to die a natural death. You may also leave written 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders, directing physicians not to use extraordinary means to prolong life after a terminal illness results in cardiac or respiratory arrest.

If you are one of the remaining people who has significant wealth, your need for a will and other financial planning is imperative. Without estate planning, the assets you worked so hard to gain may end fattening the coffers of the U.S. Treasury rather than going to your family or to worthy charities. You especially need an estate planning attorney. Through the use of trusts and gifts it is often necessary to execute estate planning steps years before one's last day on Earth.

Our attorney's fees for wills and other estate planning are highly competitive. Our friendly, can-do approach to client relations is a definite plus.
Product Liability
The law office of Stephen Merrill with represent your Product Liability legal matters.
The law office of Stephen Merrill with represent your Product Liability legal matters.
Trucking Accident
The law office of Stephen Merrill with represent your Trucking Accident legal matters.
The personal injury attorney suffers more scorn from the public than any other kind of lawyer does. They are called ambulance chasers, scriptwriters and worse. It is easy to be cynical about the whole system. Just look at the outrageous television commercials run by some personal injury attorneys. Look at some of the crazy results juries come up with.

But it is only easy to be cynical until the day you or someone close to you has a bad accident and needs a good attorney to get adequate compensation for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

If you have a serious injury it only makes sense to hire a serious attorney. You will not find Stephen Merrill riding spaceships in a television studio or shouting CASH, CASH, CASH through the television set. You will find him trying cases in court making the insurance companies pay by showing a jury why his client deserves a verdict.

If you believe there may be another personal injury attorney in Alaska who could get better results for you, ask them a simple question. Can you match this list of jury verdicts in the courts?

Attorney Stephen Merrill
Personal Injury Verdicts

Virginia Beach Circuit Court: A soldier had his left great toe permanently injured when a gate fell down on him at Fort Story. Highest insurance offer, $10,000. Jury Verdict, $250,000.

Hampton Circuit Court: A man sustained an injury in a traffic accident to one of the muscles in his chest. The injury may or may not cause him greater problems in the future. First insurance offer $2,000. Highest insurance offer $20,000. Jury Verdict, $214,000

Norfolk Circuit Court: A man afflicted with AIDS sues his doctor for testing him without his consent, for not telling him the positive result of the test and for mistakenly giving him immunity suppressing medicine thereafter. Highest pretrial offer, $30,000. Final settlement, $150,000 moments before a jury verdict.

Norfolk Circuit Court: A woman injured in a traffic accident underwent a neck surgery and had a complete recovery. Highest insurance offer, $25,000. Jury Verdict, $89,000.

Virginia Beach Circuit Court: A woman underwent a salon hairstyling that left an orange coloring and very brittle ends. She was embarrassed for a number of months, but incurred only $100 in out-of-pocket expenses. No photographs were available. Highest insurance offer, $1,000. Jury Verdict, $50,000.

If the personal injury lawyer to be handling your case has a track record at trial that exceeds these results, you have made a wise choice in legal counsel. If not, Stephen Merrill may be the right attorney for you.

Feel free to call for our Traffic Accident Check-List, a list of ways to protect yourself when you have been in an accident.
Wrongful Death
The law office of Stephen Merrill with represent your Wrongful Death legal matters.
Sometimes the licensed professionals with whom you trust your greatest needs turn out to be a great disappointment. Whether that person is your physician, your attorney, or your architect, the resulting losses can be devastating.

The greatest hurdle in proving a professional negligence case is finding a qualified, credible expert witness to review the case and testify on your behalf. This can be expensive. A physician testifying for an injured patient in a medical malpractice suit may charge as much as $15,000 by the conclusion of the trial. An attorney testifying in a legal malpractice case would not charge much less.


If your case has merit, our firm will accept a contingent fee for its services, between one-third and forty percent if there is a recovery and no fee if the case is lost. The legal client is responsible only for payment of out-of-pocket expenses, such as expert witnesses, filing fees, court reporters, service of process, etc. We will often do an initial evaluation of the case for no charge. Sometimes with a strong suit the firm will advance a share of the out-of-pocket expenses to keep the case moving, subject to reimbursement at settlement.

Stephen Merrill

Stephen Merrill is a well-known trial attorney with a strong background in the fundamentals. In the midst of a successful career in Norfolk, Virginia, Stephen relocated to Anchorage, Alaska in 2009 seeking new professional and personal challenges after first visiting Alaska in 2007.

After graduating from the University of Nebraska Law School, Stephen accepted a Navy officer's commission in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. During four years of Navy active-duty, Lieutenant Merrill tried over 300 court-martials and accompanied aircraft carriers on foreign cruises. He was also honored with appointments as a military magistrate and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. After entering private practice, Mr. Merrill drilled as a weekend Reserve Intelligence Officer at CINCLANTFLT. His duties included the Indications and Warning Watch, briefing the Admiral as well as highly classified studies of Soviet sea and air forces. Military Experience

Mr. Merrill is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and numerous other courts among the most court admissions of anyone practicing law in Hampton Roads, Virginia or Anchorage. Court Admissions

Mr. Merrill's law firm in Virginia concentrated in business law and in personal injury/insurance litigation. Mr. Merrill has been lead counsel in jury trials in almost every Virginia courthouse east of Richmond with excellent results. In less than two years of practice in Anchorage, Mr. Merrill has tried ten cases coming from various fields of law, from estate disputes to criminal charges to custody fights to injury suits, also with excellent results. He often succeeds in cases other lawyers turn down. Accidents/Injuries Numerous businesses have relied on his guidance and integrity in forming their business structure and in making those businesses grow. Corporate Law In Anchorage, Mr. Merrill has expanded his practice to include a concentration in investigating and bringing meritorious cases under the Federal False Claims Act.

Attorney Merrill is one of the few lawyers who accepts meritorious civil liberties cases and one of the fewer who has a record of success in cases against the government. Mr. Merrill has often been interviewed by local Virginia news channels on civil liberties issues. Civil Liberties The media often publish columns on politics and public affairs written by Mr. Merrill. In Alaska, he has been interviewed quite a number of times on local AM Radio Station 700 on the Glen Beagle Show. He has also appeared on a local television news talk show.

Mr. Merrill served as the the statewide Membership Chairman for the Virginia Reform Party. Presently, he is active with the Alaska Libertarian Party, the Anchorage Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, all within the movement for greater economic and personal freedom throughout our country.

Mr. Merrill submitted a "friend-of-the-court" brief to the United States Supreme Court in the monumental property rights case, Kelo v. City of New London filed on behalf of the Tidewater Libertarian Party.

The professional reputation earned is one of a creative, highly determined litigator willing to take on powerful interests. His clients simply never leave him and happily recommend him to friends and acquaintances, even those who needed some stern talking to.

It is little wonder Mr. Merrill is known by many as the 'famous maverick lawyer'.
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