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Mississippi Trial Attorney

Charles M. Merkel, III – Member

Trial Attorney Charles M. Merkel, III


Current Employment Positions

Member, since 2002

Areas of Practice

  • Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1998
  • 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)
  • Taylor Medal Award Winner: English
  • Chancellor’s Scholar
  • Moot Court Board Member
  • Moot Court: “Best Written Brief Award,” 1996


  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Eta Sigma

Birth Information

  • Clarksdale, Mississippi, April 5, 1973

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America 2012, 2014 – Medical Malpractice
  • Super Lawyers & Rising Stars – Plaintiff Medical Malpractice 2008 – Present
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 under 40, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Coahoma County Bar Association
  • Mississippi Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice

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Five years ago Cindy Mitchell came to my rescue! My uncle had a surgery where the doctor made some major mistakes! Many months of physical suffering and financial hardships followed. Cindy helped us get back on our feet and gain a sense of a somewhat normal life again.

– Kevin R., client

Contact Information

Merkel & Cocke, P.A.

30 Delta Avenue
Clarksdale, MS 38614

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1388
Clarksdale, MS 38614

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