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Richard Vinson Merritt

Richard Vinson Merritt

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Litigation

About Me

Tried over fifty (50) cases to verdict by age thirty-four (34).

Admitted, all Georgia state trial courts, Georgia Court of Appeals, 

Georgia Supreme Court, Northern, Middle, and Southern Federal District Courts, 

11th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals; member, State Bar of Georgia, American Bar 

Association, Tort/Insurance Practice Section of State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Bar 

Association, UGA Alumni Association; barrister, Lamar and Bleckley Inns of Court; 

graduate, 2004 NAAG Trial Advocacy, 2002 DUI/Vehicular Homicide and 2001 BASIC 

Litigation Courses; judge, William F. Daniel and state high school mock trial 

competitions; legal intern/clerk, Mississippi Attorney General's Office; while at UGA, 

elected president of the Demosthenian Literary/Debate Society (oldest in the South); 

member, Defender/Advocate Society; chairman/president, UGA College Republicans 

(largest in the nation); selected for UGA at Oxford Program (Oxford University, 

England); undergraduate summer intern for Baker & McKenzie in Riyadh, 

Saudi Arabia.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    15 years
  2. Personal Injury: 40%
    15 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    15 years



Contingent (25-35%), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Jeffrey Alan Daxe

    I have had two very tough personal injury cases which I turned away due to their complexity--but due to my referrals of each to Rich, the matters were resolved very successfully.


    Jeffrey Daxe Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • David Brian Weinberg

    I worked with Rich for 4 years on various litigation matters. He is a sharp and dedicated attorney that zealously represents his clients interests.


    David Weinberg Landlord & Tenant Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info



GAActive Member in Good Standing 200008/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Bleckley Inn of CourtBarrister-Bleckley Inn of Court2007
Barrister-Lamar Inn of CourtLamar Inn of Court2006
Barrister-Bleckley Inn of CourtBleckley Inn of Court2005
Graduate-Litigation CourseNational Association of Attorneys' General2004
Graduate-DUI/Vehicular Homicide CourseProsecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia2002
Graduate-Basic Litigation CourseProsecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia2001
Who's Who in American LawN/AN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerMerritt & Fletcher, LLC2013 - Present
Prosecuting AttorneyCity of Smyrna2012 - 2013
Founding Partner/Managing MemberThe Law Office of Richard V. Merritt, LLC2010 - Present
Senior LitigatorWeinstock & Scavo, P.C.2007 - 2010
AssociateStokes Lazarus & Carmichael, LLP2006 - 2007
Assistant Attorney GeneralOffice Of The Attorney General State Of Georgia2003 - 2006
Prosecuting AttorneyOffice Of The Solicitor General Fulton County2001 - 2003


Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of GeorgiaMemberN/A
Atlanta Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Cobb County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Department of Human Resources v. Crews, 278 Ga.App. 56, 628 S.E.2d 191 (2006)Appellate victory.
Georgia Dept. of Transp. v. Strickland, 279 Ga.App. 753, 632 S.E.2d 416 (2006)Appellate victory.
Camp v. Coweta County, 280 Ga. 199, 625 S.E.2d 759 (2006)Supreme Court decision.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mississippi College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Georgia, AthensEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
University of Georgia, AthensPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
John Marshall Spring Semester SeminarDiscovery Overview2013
Winter ConferenceTort Reform2012