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Charles M. Merkel, Jr. – Managing Member

Charles M. Merkel, Jr.

Email: 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. In October 1970, Mr. Merkel returned to his native Mississippi, accepting a position with the firm of Sullivan, Dunbar & Smith. In 1973, he was involved in the formation of the firm of Holcomb, Dunbar, Connell & Merkel where he was involved primarily in litigation until the spring of 1982 when Mr. Merkel and Mr. Cocke formed Merkel & Cocke for the purpose of handling complex plaintiff's litigation with emphasis in medical malpractice, product liability, toxic torts, drug reactions, brain damage cases, and in general, all catastrophic personal injury cases. Mr. Merkel has received multiple jury awards ranging from 1 million to 20 million dollars and many more million dollar settlements. He is active in trial lawyer activities and is a frequent lecturer on trial technique and advocacy, appearing at seminars sponsored by the Mississippi State Bar, Mississippi Association for Justice, American Board of Trial Advocates, and others. For more than 30 years, Mr. Merkel has personally delivered hundreds of jury presentations in the representation of personal injury victims whose cases involved complex medical and technical injury mechanisms and causation problems.

Current Employment Positions

Managing Member, since 1982

Areas Of Practice

  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff & Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Taxation Law
  • Professional Malpractice Law

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1966
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1969
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1969
  • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court ND, SD, & MS


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi, 1966
  • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude
    • Honors: 2nd in Class
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1969

    • LL.M., Master of Law(s)
  • University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 1964

    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Representative Cases

  • Dunson v. S. A. Allen, Inc., 355 So.2d 77 (Miss. 1978)
  • Thornton v. Insurance Co. of North America, 287 So.2d 262 (Miss. 1973)
  • Canipe v. National Loss Control Service Corp., 736 F.2d 1055 (C.A.5 (Miss.) 1984)
  • Fruehauf Corp. v. Trustees of First United Methodist Church, 387 So.2d 106 (Miss. 1980)

Representative Clients

  • Hartford Insurance Company
  • Union Planners Bank, National Association
  • Monsanto


  • First National Bank, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Honors and Awards

  • President, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Secretary, Mississippi Association for Justice
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Academy of Trial Lawyers – Present Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 1983 – Present Member
  • American Association for Justice, 1982 – Present Member
  • Mississippi Bar Association, 1991 – Present Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Primerus


  • Sigma Chi
  • Phi Delta Phi

Birth Information

  • November 2, 1941, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers  2006 to present
  • Best Lawyers in America to present

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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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