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Robert Douglas Merriman

Robert Douglas Merriman

Practice areas:

Workers Compensation, Social Security

About Me

Bob Merriman has been practicing law in the Tri-Cities, Washington area since 1980 with a practice that has emphasized the representation of injured and disabled persons. He is recognized by his peers as one of the leading practitioners in Southeastern Washington specializing in Worker’s Compensation and Social Security Disability Law, and has successfully represented hundreds of individuals in seeking redress for their injuries and disabilities at both the State and Federal level.

Bob is a lifelong resident of the Tri-Cities area and is a proud member of the first graduating class at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick. He excelled academically at both the college and law school levels. He is an active member of the Washington State Trial Lawyer’s Association, and has served on its Board of Governors. He is also a member of the Workerplace Injury Litigation Group (WILG) and the National Association of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR).

Bob has earned a reputaion as an effective and persuasive litigator. He genuinely cares about his clients and has a sincere desire to honestly, aggressively and professionally advise and advocate for his clients, no matter what. Bob’s personal philosophy can be summarized in one sentence, to wit: “No one has the right to treat another person as if he or she does not matter.”


Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Workers Compensation: 70%
  2. Social Security: 30%



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Brian J Anderson

    The best interests of the client seem to be Bob's only interests. He is extremely knowledgeable in his practice areas and uses that knowledge to tirelessly advocate for his clients.


    Brian Anderson Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kristina Jarrett McKennon

    Bob is a compassionate and experienced advocate for injured workers. He will champion your cause and fight for fair compensation.


    Kristina McKennon Wrongful Death Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

8203 W Quinault Ave Ste 600
Kennewick, WA, 99336-7128




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Board of Governors Certificate of AppreciationWashington State Trial Lawyers Association1989

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderFlynn Merriman McKennon1989 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeChairperson, Tri Cities Roundtable2009 - Present
Central Washington PresbyteryChair, Permanent Judicial Commission2008 - Present
Washington State Association for Justice, Workers' Compensation SectionBoard of Governors 1989; Eagle Member1989 - 1991
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ RepresentativesRegular MemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Elovich v. Nationwide Insurance, 104 Wn.2d 543Required insurer to submit to arbitration

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJuris Doctorate1979

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Taxation-Ethics-Social Security-L&IIntroduction to Social Security Disability2010
4th Annual Federal Trial Practice SeminarSocial Security Disability in a Nutshell2010
Federal Civil Trial Practice SeminarSocial Security Appeals to Federal District Court2007