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Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Charles M. Merkel, Jr. as the “Jackson, MS Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigator of the Year” for 2010.
Best Lawyers named John H. Cocke “Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 for medical malpractice in the Memphis, Tennessee area.
Cynthia I. Mitchell and Edward P. “Ted” Connell are part of this year’s Super Lawyers in the Mid-South. Charles M. Merkel, III, is listed as a rising star in the field of medical malpractice. Charles M. Merkel, Jr. has been listed as one of only eight lawyers in the tri-state area listed under the heading of Personal Injury Plaintiff, Products Liability, and has also been included in the Top 50 Mississippi list.
After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”
In the 2012 edition of Memphis area Super Lawyers, Charles M. Merkel, Jr. was named as one of the top Memphis Area Top 50 for all specialties and under the specialty of Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice, John H. Cocke, Charles M. Merkel, Jr., and Cynthia I. Mitchell, were listed as three of only ten attorneys listed. Edward P. Connell, Jr. is listed as a Super Lawyer for Personal Injury Plaintiff: General, and Charles M. Merkel, III, was listed as a rising star by the Super Lawyer publication.
The law firm of Merkel & Cocke is proud to announce that Charles M. Merkel, Jr., has received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Association for Justice.
Charles M. (Charlie) Merkel, Jr. has been a trial lawyer since 1966 when he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He was born and raised in Mississippi and attended the University of Mississippi for both his undergraduate and law degrees. After law school, he worked for four years with the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, trying tax cases in a five state area.
John Cocke, a founding member of Merkel & Cocke, received the 'Beyond The Call Of Duty' award from the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP). The MVLP is a joint venture of The Mississippi Bar Association and Mississippi Legal Services Programs. More than 1,600 Mississippi attorneys volunteer their time and expertise to participate in the Project, and as a result, more than 5,000 low income citizens are assisted by the Project each year. The ‘Beyond The Call Of Duty’ award is presented to a member of the Mississippi Association for Justice who has accumulated the most pro bono hours in the previous calendar year.
Memphis, TN – A Shelby County, Tennessee jury returned a $23,600,000 verdict in favor of Plaintiffs Courtney Hill and Robert Hill of Desoto County Mississippi on July 10, 2009. Plaintiffs’ counsel are William B. Raiford of the Clarksdale, Mississippi law firm of Merkel & Cocke, Jim Lees of the Charleston, West Virginia law firm of Hunt & Lees, and Philip Stroud of the Southaven, Mississippi firm of Stroud & Harper.
In Washington County Circuit Court, a jury recently returned a verdict in the amount of $80,000.00 in favor of a family represented by Merkel & Cocke, who lost their home to Hurricane Katrina. The jury found that an insurance agency breached an oral contract with the family to procure flood insurance and that the agent was negligent in failing to procure flood coverage which was requested more than one year prior to Hurricane Katrina. Charles M. Merkel, Jr. and Charles M. Merkel, III represented the family’s interests at trial.
Merkel & Cocke recently received two favorable verdicts in five days. The first verdict was in favor of homeowners against USAA Casualty Insurance Co. in a bad faith denial of insurance case. The second verdict was in favor of an Air Force veteran in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In a case dealing with a trucking accident, our client was operating a truck in Benton County Mississippi on U.S. Highway 78. Our client was struck from the rear by an 18 wheel truck, causing his vehicle to crash. Our client received substantial injuries and died approximately 3 weeks later. The case settled for well over a million dollars.