After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law in June 1966, Mr. Merkel accepted an appointment under the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program and served for 4 years in the tax division of the Department of Justice in a refund trial section trying tax refund cases in the U.S. District Courts over a five state area.
After graduating from the University of Virginia Law School in 1975, Mr. Cocke moved to Clarksdale, MS to begin practicing in a general litigation firm. In 1982, Mr. Cocke and Mr. Merkel left that firm and established Merkel & Cocke, P.A., and since that time the emphasis of Mr. Cocke's practice has progressed more and more toward medical malpractice.
Areas of Practice:
Litigation & Appeals, Personal Injury (Defense), Personal Injury (Plaintiff), Professional Malpractice Law.
Ted Connell's practice includes litigation, real estate, gaming law, wills, trusts, estates, and workers' compensation. He is admitted to practice before all state courts in Mississippi and Tennessee, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U. S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas and the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee.
Born Clarksdale, Mississippi, April 5, 1973, admitted to bar, 1998, Mississippi; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi. Preparatory education, University of Mississippi (B.A., summa cum laude, 1995; J.D., cum laude 1998).
Mr. Schuler was born in Crosby, North Dakota on November 14, 1970. He served in the United States Coast Guard from 1990-1995. Mr. Schuler was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2002 following his graduation from the University of Mississippi, School of Law. He is a member of the Coahoma County Bar Association and the Mississippi Bar. Mr. Schuler is licensed to practice before all Mississippi state and federal courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.