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Michael J. Merrick

Direct Dial: (312) 269-9299
merrick@merricklawfirm.com
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Main: (312) 269-0200
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Crain Communications Building, 150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 800
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Michael J. Merrick is the founding member of Merrick Law Firm LLC and has over 20 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 2016 for being chosen as one of the top 5% of practicing employment lawyers in Illinois.  He is also listed in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers survey of Illinois lawyers for representing individuals in employment law.

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.

Mr. Merrick can be reached by e-mail or on his direct phone lines at (312) 269-9299 and (402) 933-4256.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice United States Supreme Court
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.
Education

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

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

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

Judicial Clerkship and Legal Teaching Experience

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 merrick@merricklawfirm.com.

Practice Areas
Mr. Merrick devotes 100% of his practice to representing employees involved in employment disputes.  His practice includes counseling, negotiations, litigation, trials and appeals in all administrative agencies and state and federal courts.  For more information on the specific areas of employment law in which he practices, please click on the Practice Areas menu to the left.
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