Merkel & Cocke, P.A. Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers ListThree attorneys at Merkel & Cocke, P.A. have been named to the Best Lawyers In America list for 2021: John Hartwell Cocke, Charles M. Merkel III, and Charles M. Markel, Jr. All three partners were listed for their work in the Clarksdale, MS, region.

The Best Lawyers publication is a peer-review process designed to find the top lawyers in America in various practice areas. Lawyers named to the list are nominated by their peers, go through a peer review, eligibility check, and review before the list is finalized.

About our award-winning attorneys

Charles M. Merkel, Jr., partner: Mr. Merkel has been named to Best Lawyers for 30 consecutive years for his work in:

  • Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

Mr. Merkel, Jr. was named a Lawyer of the Year for the Memphis region in 2012, and a Lawyer for the Year for the Jackson, MS region in 2010. He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, and has been recognized by since 2006.

John Hartwell Cocke, partner: Mr. Cocke has been named to Best Lawyers for 15 consecutive years for his work in Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. He has been named a 2021 Lawyer of the Year in the Memphis region for his work on behalf of medical malpractice clients; this is the fourth time Mr. Cocke has been named a Lawyer of the Year. He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® and has been recognized by Super Lawyers since 2006.

Charles M. Merkel III, member: Mr. Merkel has been named to Best Lawyers for 10 consecutive years for his work in Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs. He was named a Lawyer of the Year in 2020 in the Memphis region. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers, including Rising Stars, since 2008, and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, as well as the Top 40 Under 40.

We are all very proud of Charlie, John, and Charles for being selected for inclusion in the 2021 Best Lawyers list. Please join us in congratulating them on their latest achievement.