Michael J. MerrickDirect Dial: (312) 269-9299
Michael J. Merrick is the founding member of Merrick Law Firm LLC and has 30 years of employment law experience. His clients and peers, other lawyers and judges, rate him as "AV/Preeminent," Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Merrick has also been honored as a Super Lawyer from 2012 through 2023 for being chosen as one of the top 5% of practicing employment lawyers in Illinois.
After graduating with honors from law school, Mr. Merrick served a two-year term as a federal judicial law clerk during which he experienced first hand how federal judges and juries decide employment cases. He then spent eight years first as an associate attorney and later as a partner with a Chicago law firm where he practiced labor and employment law representing both employers and employees, commercial litigation, and intellectual property law.
In 2003 Mr. Merrick became Of Counsel to a Chicago employment law boutique firm to focus his practice on exclusively representing employees in employment law matters. In 2005 he founded his own law firm, Merrick Law Firm LLC, to do one thing and to do it very well—aggressively and efficiently represent employees to enforce their workplace rights to the fullest extent of the law. Mr. Merrick has represented his many clients before federal, state and local administrative agencies, the United States Supreme Court, and at every federal and state trial and appellate court level in between.
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
Illinois State Courts
Nebraska State Courts
All other state and federal courts nationwide on a pro hac vice (special permission) basis.
J.D., cum laude, Creighton University School of Law, 1992
Assistant Editor, Creighton Law Review
American Jurisprudence Award for Highest Grade in Trial Practice
Highest Grade, Federal Courts
Highest Grade, Nonphysical Torts
B.A., University of Nebraska, 1988
National Employment Lawyers Association
National Employment Lawyers Association, Illinois and Nebraska Chapters
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Nebraska State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Law Clerk to Hon. Thomas D. Thalken, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, 1993-1995
Legal Writing Instructor, Creighton University School of Law, 1994-1995
Mr. Merrick also writes articles about employment law and practice and speaks at bar association meetings and other events. To inquire about enlisting Mr. Merrick to write an article or speak about employment law, send him an e-mail at email@example.com.