Protecting your Future
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.
201 Barrow Street, Suite 102c
BOARDWALK OFFICE SUITES
Anchorage, AK 99501
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.
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'.