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Clifford Robert Mermell

Practice areas:

Workers Compensation, Wrongful Termination, Personal Injury, Admiralty & Maritime

About Me

Clifford R. Mermell, Esq., created the law firm of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. on March 1, 1996, over 18 years ago. Mr. Mermell has been the senior and managing partner of the firm since its creation. The firm was created to champion the rights of injured workers.




Mr. Mermell, has been handling the claims of injured workers under the Defense Base Act and the Longshore & Harbor Worker's Compensation Act for the past 25 years. Mr. Mermell has represented more than 1,000 injured workers under the Defense Base Act and/or the Longshore Act and has handled those cases at every level of appeal up to the Supreme Court of United States of America. Mr. Mermell has successfully handled those claims before the Office of Worker's Compensation Programs (OWCP), Jacksonville Office, the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), the Benefits Review Board (BRB) and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Mr. Mermell has a 100% success rate at the level of the Benefits Review Board and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Mr. Mermell was trained by Donald D. Gillis, Esq., who had over 35 years of experience in handling claims under the Defense Base Act and/or the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compnesation Act prior to his passing in 2004. Mr. Mermell has been invited to speak as an expert in the area of the Defense Base Act and/or the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Law at several educational conferences.



Mr. Mermell has also protected the rights of injured workers under the Florida Workers' Compensation Act. He is Florida Bar Board Certified in that area and has been so certified since 1995. He has handled the claims of over 1,000 injured workers under the Florida Workers' Compensation Act and has handled those claims successfully at every level, including appeals to the First District Court of Appeals. Mr. Mermell has been a member of the Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Section since 1989. Mr. Mermell has been a member of the Florida Workers' Advocates since 1994. The Florida Workers' Advocates is a politically active group of Claimants' lawyers who are devoted to protecting the rights of injured workers. Mr. Mermell has been a trustee of the Friends of 440 organization since 1994, and he is currently acting as the treasurer of that organization. The Friends of 440 is an organization consisting of lawyers, judges, doctors and para-professionals devoted to the field of worker's compensation law. The organization coordinates social and educational events for the worker's compensation bar. The organization also donates substantial resources and money to its sister organization called the Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund, which was created to provide educational scholarships to the children of injured workers. Mr. Mermell has been invited to speak as an expert in the area of Florida Workers' Compensation Law at several educational conferences.



Mr. Mermell graduated from the University of Colorado obtaining his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1985. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in 1989. Mr. Mermell has been admitted to practice in all courts in Florida , including the Supreme Court of Florida, since 1989. Mr. Mermell is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.



Mr. Mermell has devoted his entire professional life to the representation of injured workers. He has handled the claims of injured workers in more than 2,000 cases. He has taken the claims of injured workers to trial in over 200 cases. He has represented injured workers in more than 1,000 mediations. He has handled every type of injury imaginable including death cases, amputation cases, brain injury cases, head injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, eye injuries, mouth injuries, nose injuries, shoulder injuries, elbow injuries, hand injuries, knee injuries and foot injuries. He has handled the claims of injured workers at each and every level from the investigation phase through trial and appeals. He has a reputation of refusing to back down. He will take a case through trial and appeals and will never give up in his will to obtain the benefits to which he believes his clients are entitled. As a Florida Bar Board Certified Workers' Compensation lawyer, Mr. Mermell is recognized by Judges and his peers as an expert in the area of Workers' Compensation law.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Workers Compensation: 75%
    26 years
  2. Personal Injury: 10%
  3. Wrongful Termination: 10%
    26 years
  4. Admiralty & Maritime: 5%
    26 years

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Rebecca Faye Peake

    I endorse this lawyer. Cliff is an expert in the field. He is highly respected among his peers and adversaries alike. His tenacity coupled with his command of the law makes him a highly sought after lawyer in the community. Cliff gets top results for his clients and always ensures that his client's best interest is in the heart of everything that he does.

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    Rebecca Peake Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • John M O'Brien

    I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community.

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    John O'Brien Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A.

8603 S Dixie Hwy Ste 205
Miami, FL, 33143

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing198908/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2015
Superb RatingAvvo2015
Superb RatingAvvo2014
Client Choice AwardAvvo2014
Top 100Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group2014
Top RatedAmerican Lawyer2014
Top Rated National LawyerNational Law Journal2014
Top Rated National LawyerCorporate Counsel Magazine2014
Top Rated National LawyerAmerican Lawyer Magazine2014
Board Certified - Workers' CompensationFlorida Bar2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerGillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A.1996 - Present
AssociateLevine, Busch & Schnepper, PA1993 - 1996
AssociateUnderwood, Gillis & Karcher, P.A.1989 - 1993

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Friends of 440Treasurer2009 - 2012
Workers Injury Law and Advocacy GroupMember2007 - Present
Friends of 440Trustee1994 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Mikhail v. Invizion and ZurichSuccess for Claimant

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of ColoradoMarketingBS - Bachelor of Science1985

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Florida Workers' Compensation ConventionLongshore & Harbor Workers' Compenation Act2008