The Merna Law Group, PC

Firm Overview

The Merna Law Group, PC is an award-winning, family-oriented law firm that prides itself on assisting individuals to plan, successfully complete and recover from their legal situation, whatever it may be. Our experienced, knowledgeable, dedicated, trustworthy and hardworking attorneys assist individuals with the filing of bankruptcy, divorce, foreclosure defense, loan modifications, traffic and personal injury. You can find out more about us at We have offices serving Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Gloucester and the rest of Hampton Roads. We offer special services to military service members and the elderly. If life has a restart button then The Merna Law Group is it.

Main Office
3623 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach  VA  23452
  • (757) 340-4895
  • (757) 340-4894


Free Initial Consultation?
Free initial 30 minute bankruptcy consultations, Divorce consultations are $75, however, this fee is applied to any future services should you decide to retain us when you come in, which in essence makes the consult free.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We have primarily fix fees which are dependent on how complicated the case is. Nolo clients will receive a $100 discount is the provide the following promo code when contacting the firm. Promo Code: NOLO100
Hourly Rates

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Office Manager
Brandy MacDonald
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

Other Offices

New Port News Office
739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Bldg. 700
Suite 704
Newport News,  VA  23606

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes. However, the courts have rules on when they will consider an attorney as "representing" a client. If the arrangement is just one of assisting we will not "appear" in the case on their behalf.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

We balance service and continuity with cost-efficiency. We believe our services are affordable and you will have one attorney assigned to you who will guide you through the whole process.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Yes. Our belief is that a client saves money and is generally happier with an "agreement" then a result brought on by an expensive and drawn-out litigation in court.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

We do. We have worked closely with legal aid services in the past. However, we reserve the right to select our candidates for pro bono assistance.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We have been repeated voted the "Best Law Firm" each year in several local cities which reflects our commitment to affordability, customer service and excellent results.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

An educated client is an asset in an attorney-client partnership. Our firm participates daily on several forums, including, answering questions from the public on a variety of legal issues.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes. We do "for fee" reviews of client prepared documents. There are some restrictions placed on us by the State Bar.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Unfortunately, the cost of having an attorney coach generally exceeds the cost of hiring us to do the case. However, we are happy to assist as long as the client understands this.

John Merna

The Merna Law Group, PC was established in 2003. Mr. Merna was formerly a partner in the Los Angeles-based firm of Lozano & Merna, PLC.

We balance service and continuity with cost-efficiency. We believe our services are affordable and you will have one attorney assigned to you who will guide you through the whole process.

  • Bar Number:
    Virginia , 2011

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