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John Gerth Merna

John Gerth Merna

also known as John G. Merna

Practice areas:

Foreclosure, Bankruptcy & Debt, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Settlement

About Me

"I founded The Merna Law Group with the idea that everyone has the right to affordable legal help.  The legal process can be a stressful and difficult experience.  Our goal is to remove that stress and make the process easy.  I haven't done my job unless the client feels that way."

About my firm:

Founder of The Merna Law Group, P.C. voted "Best Law Firm" in several cities throughout the Tidewater area by readers of The Virginian Pilot and in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, & 2011.


President of the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association - 2010-2011
Associations: Virginia State Bar, California State Bar, Board Member of the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association, Member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

B.A. Political Science, Virginia Tech
M.A. Journalism, University of Arizona
J.D. Law, George Mason University School of Law

Prior Experience: Central Intelligence Agency

Bar Membership: Virginia & California


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Debt Settlement: 20%
    21 years
  2. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 20%
  3. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 20%
  4. Bankruptcy & Debt: 20%
    21 years
  5. Foreclosure: 20%
    21 years



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

16 total 

  • Howard M Lewis

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Merna is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly endorse him.


    Howard Lewis Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Genene Elizabeth Gardner

    John Merna is a knowledgable, experienced bankruptcy attorney. John has a special rapport with his clients and staff members. He gives his clients one on one attention and goes out of his way to ease their stress. I have worked for John Merna for 7 years and I am grateful for his guidance.


    Genene Gardner Foreclosure Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

The Merna Law Group, P.C.

3623 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452

The Merna Law Group, PC

11815 Fountain Way, #300
Newport News, VA, 23606

The Merna Law Group, P.C.

7400 Beaufont Springs Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA, 23225

Chesapeake, VA, 23323

Norfolk, VA, 23502

Hampton, VA, 23666

Portsmouth, VA, 23704

Suffolk, VA, 23435

Williamsburg, VA, 23185

Gloucester, VA, 23061

Smithfield, VA, 23430



VAAuthorized to practice law199203/11/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Best Law Firm - GoldVirginia Pilot Choice Award2015
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2014
Best Law Firm - SilverVirginian Pilot's Choice Award2014
Best Local Law Firm in RichmonRichmond Style Magazine2014
Choice Award - Best Legal ServicesThe Daily Press2013
Best Bankruptcy Lawyer - SilverThe Virginian Pilot2013
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2012
The Best Law Firm (Selected Cities)The Virginian Pilot2012
Choice Award - Best Legal ServicesThe Daily Press2012
The Best Law Firm (Selected Cities)The Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com2011
Reader's Choice Award for Best Law FirmThe Virginian Pilot2010
Reader's Choice Award for Best Law FirmThe Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com2009
Reader's Choice Award for Best Law FirmThe Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com2008
Reader's Choice Award for Best Law FirmThe Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com2007
Reader's Choice Award for Best Law FirmThe Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerThe Law Offices of Lozano & Merna1997 - 2003
AssociatePrice & Associates1995 - 1997
Operations OfficerThe Central Intelligence Agency1987 - 1995
Civilian ContractorThe Multinational Forces & Observers1982 - 1985

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar AssociationPast President2011 - 2012
Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar AssociationPresident2010 - 2011
Bankruptcy Court Liaison CommitteeMember2010 - 2011
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2009 - 2010
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2007 - Present
Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar AssociationBoard Member2007 - 2012
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - 2006
United States Court for the Eastern District of VirginiaAdmitted to Practice2003 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember1997 - Present
Association of Former Intelligence OfficersMember1997 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1995 - Present
California State BarMember1995 - Present
Virginia State BarMember1992 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re MalbonNegotiated Remainder Interest
Gary N. Fields v. Handyman of Hampton Roads, LtdJudgment for defendant
In Re PackerOrder granting

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Publication NameTitleDate
The Merna Law Group10 Bankruptcy Myths2010

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason Univ SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of ArizonaJournalismMasters1986
Virginia Tech InstPolitical ScienceUndergraduate1981

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
National CLEBankruptcy Nuts & Bolts2010