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Ryan A. Mergl

Criminal defense Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

4.0   25 reviews
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  • Licensed for 16 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    Good people make mistakes. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, my office will fight for your freedom. As a former prosecutor with over a decade of criminal courtroom experience, we represent those charged with all crimes.

  2. Personal injury
    30%
    My firm helps people injured in all types of accidents and surviving family members who have lost loved ones. After these traumatic experiences, families need to focus on healing and recovery - having a skilled lawyer on your side allows you to rest easier knowing your rights are being protected.

  3. Business
    10%
    My office will help you decide what busines structure is best for your needs and form your partnership, S-Corporation, C-Corporation, LLC, LLP, PLLC, or other business structure. We will prepare your operating agreements and bylaws, and can create or review your essential business documents - including contracts and non-compete, non-disclosure, and confidentiality agreements - implement employment manuals, advise you on labor and employee issues, and facilitate sales and acquisitions.

  4. Estate planning
    10%
    My office will assist you with basic and advanced approaches to estate planning. We handle simple wills and trusts as well as more complex planning strategies to help you protect your beneficiaries and assets. If you’ve recently lost a loved one, we can help you, explain what you should expect, and handle your inherited assets.

  5. Family
    10%
    Family issues can be emotionally devastating. We understand. Do not make difficult decisions on your own. My office will assist you at all stages of your relationship - from marriage preparation, through separation and divorce when necessary. We help with your children - paternity issues, adoption, support, and custody. Grandparents have rights, too, and we fight for those.

PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE, PROTECTION FOR YOUR PRESENT. CALL NOW 412-532-6374!

Ryan Mergl is a former preosecutor and respected trial attorney. He represents clients throughout Pennsylvania and in the United States Federal Courts.

Awards & Recognition
Super Lawyers selected Mergl to their list as a Rising Star, noting his high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, he is a Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney in Pennsylvania as named by the Association of American Trial Lawyers, and Pittsburgh Magazine named Mergl one of Western Pennsylvania’s "40 Under 40”.

Background
Mergl is admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals. A graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, Mergl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Film Studies from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and a diploma from Sharon High School.

Before opening his law practice, Mergl interned at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and spent two years at the Duquesne University Legal Clinic helping US Veterans obtain benefits and providing free legal services to to indigent clients and non-profit organizations.

Community Service
For fifteen years, Mergl has served as a volunteer firefighter, training and testing enough to become a Nationally Certified Pro Board Fire Fighter. He has experience in interior firefighting, search and rescue diving, vehicle extrication, hazmat operations, incident safety, truck company operations, emergency service management, emergency vehicle operations, structure collapse procedures, CPR, First Aid, and RIT - Rapid Intervention Teams trained to rescue fellow firefighters if ever they become trapped.

In addition to firefighting, Mergl sits on the board of directors for the Pittsburgh Metro FOOLs,(Fraternal Order Of Leatherheads Society), a regional organization that provides training and line-of-duty death support to others in the fire service, and is a former advisory board member for the Butler County Community College Paramedic & EMT Program.

Location

Attorney Mergl
301 Grant Street
Suite 4300
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219
Ryan A. Mergl
31 Vine Ave
Sharon, PA, 16146
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Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Anna Marie | May 19, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A.McGown
Attorney Mergl was very helpful to me in making my Power of Attorney papers for my Husband when my husband become I’ll! He is a very compassionate Attorney! He has been helpful in the past anytime I had consulted with him questions!
Posted by Ryan | August 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Guy
I had a very serious case brought on by a very angry ex. I immediately called attorney mergl and he fought the case to the end and all I had to pay was fines from an F1 felony to fines = Great Lawyer. Thank you Attorney Mergl!
Posted by Malagg | June 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional
Professional and expert guidance in a case not usually seen. His research of cases helped my case. Staff members were reliable and timely!
Posted by Justin | June 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personal Injury nets me $275k
Ryan did my wives personal injury case when she was hit by a semi. She has fully recovered, and we purchased two rental properties to generate income. I highly recommend this aggressive litigator.
Posted by Dominic | May 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!!!!
Highly recommend Ryan Mergl. The confidence he showed in my case helped me get through it during these troubling times. Also is very reasonably priced!
Posted by Mike | July 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic attorney
Helped with legal advice from beginning to end! Great man! From family law to criminal and personal injury I recommend Attorney Mergl to everyone! Fair fees and he fights for you!
Posted by Amanda | July 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
I hired Mr. Mergl to help with custody. He has always been super prompt at calling me back. Always took the time to explain the process and options with me. His staff has always been curtious and easy to talk to about any issues i had. Also kept me well informed
Posted by Heather | February 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome!!
My fiance was arrested and attorney Mergl fought his case till the end , he did an amazing job, he was always there to answer questions no matter how busy he was he made time. I would recommend him to everyone!!
Posted by William Griffin | July 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
2006 car accident settlement...
Highly recommend and Top Notch Attorney. Represented my Wife and I for a car accident settlement. Attorney Mergl took his time with us and the process involved with the insurance company. Received a nice settlement Thanks to his help and wisely guidance. Very professional...
Posted by Matthew | August 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was facing up to 35 years!
I hired Attorney Ryan Mergl for a criminal case in Mercer County Pennsylvania. I was facing multiple felonies. It was a scary thought to think that with my prior record, I could serve up to 35 years in the Pennsylvania Justice System. He was fast to file all the correct motions, was very attentive, and didn't give me the run around on anything I asked him. I couldn't have found a better attorney. Ryan Mergl was trustworthy, honest, and not a slime ball attorney who tried to get me to take a plea in a case I knew I could beat. Ryan got my case dismissed and now I'm able to live my life again! I recommend him to anyone who reads this and all my friends and family! He will work his ass off to help you in an extremely professional way. Thanks again Ryan!
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Posted by Rae | July 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truthful, trustworthy, and dependable.
He is the best, most upfront lawyer I have ever had. I will never use any other lawyer ever again. Not only did he work with us financially, but he was very personable during our process. Not once did I feel uneasy talking to this man. He was very professional in court and extremely knowledgeable. My husband and I are very grateful to have met this man who has helped us so much I can't even find the words to describe my gratitude.
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Posted by adam | July 11, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
very reasonable and reliable lawyer
Mr. Mergl helped my sister get our nephew back from his father. He was always answering phone calls and meeting with her to go over the case. He is a very good and professional lawyer. He also helped myself out on a personal problem that was going on. He was always a phone call away meet with him many times. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a good and reasonable lawyer. He also is helping my wife and I on a case involving people taking our wedding pictures and writing really inappropriate stiff about it
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Posted by Anderson Jaime | July 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great to work with and have on your side
Ryan has been my families lawyer for a few years now, and he is very thorough with his work and research and always brings his all into the court room, he will fight for your case like it's his own.. hes always very prepared and ready to take on anything that comes his way.
Posted by Francis | June 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Detailed Attorney
Ryan Mergl is a detail oriented representative who will break down all options without ambiguity. He makes himself available as much as possible in light of his tumultuous schedule. He will make you feel as though you are his only client. I would recommend Ryan without hesitation.
Posted by DeAnna | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most compationate lawyer ive ever met!
Ryan Mergl did for me what people said was inpossible! I signed a paper giving away my dog thinking it was temporary to find out that it was permanent. I was told the only thing I could do was to sue for the cost of my dog. To me my dog is priceless he's a member of my family. All I wanted was my dog back. Thanks to Ryan this happened. My dog is back home with me where he belongs!
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Posted by Alexandra | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best representation around!
Integrity and values goes a long way. Ryan represented me in a custody case and wasn't in it for the money (as I have experienced with other lawyers) but for what was right. Ryan is well educated with the law and fights for justice! I am beyond thankful for this type of attorney to serve our area and I will permanently use him for any other problems I may experience.
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Posted by Richard | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
False accusation
I had hired Mr. Mergl for a couple different occasions and every single time he did an amazing job and with me in the past I had problems with communication and with Mr Mergl I never had one problem. One of my cases was an ex falsely accused me of a crime that had happened at an old employer that they never found the culprit. She told the police I did it because I left her and she felt if I was in jail I couldn't be with another woman. It was an F1 robbery charge. Because of Mr Mergl when I was accused I never spent one day in jail even though I was on probation because of violating because it had supposedly happened over a year ago. We threatened to take it to trial as there was absolutely no evidence, it was merely on her word. When we went to a call of the list, they offered if I paid for the damage to the door that was broken into that would be what I plead to since at trial it would just be my word vs. her word we agreed it would be the best decision. When we went in front of the judge he read the agreement and said he'd never seen an F1 burglary dropped to a fine in a plea agreement. (Unless the person was a snitch which I was not) Because of Ryan I have my life back! No crazy ex! My other case was a lady who bought something off me online and a month later it broke and she wanted her money back as though it was my fault. Long story short when we went to the county court the judge told her she was not even in the same league as Mr Mergl trying to defend herself and to pick her battles and the case was dropped! I suggest Mr Mergl to anyone looking for a truly experienced lawyer that knows both sides of the criminal process and can win your case!
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Posted by Bill | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Choice I ever made!!!
Attorney Mergl took my case and put everything he had into it. It may have been just a case but it was my families life. He attention to detail and commitment is second to none. If you NEED someone to fight for you then Attorney Mergl is your first and only choice!
Posted by Roger | February 27, 2013
Above and Beyond
I used Attorney Mergl in a family law case. He went above and beyond my expectations compared to other attorney's that I know personally. He worked hand in hand with me and kept me informed every step of the way. Attorney Mergl looked out for my best interests along with allowing me to be involved in the outcome of the case. For as much work as he did on my case, I'm sure he could have billed me more but instead, he remained fair and wanted the best for me .
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Posted by nolonger a client | January 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
too busy or didn't care to answer or return calls
I will be brief, as a caricature reference, look in his driveway to see how he lives. Do you want to chance it?
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-295 per hour
  • Contingency 5%-45%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Mergl Law
  • 2007 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Mercer County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Student Attorney
  • Duquense University School Of Law
  • 2004 - 2006
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Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2006
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • B.A.
  • 2002

Associations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Mercer County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Personal Injury Attorney
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Law
  • Association of American Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 40 Under 40
  • Pittsburgh Magazine
  • 2010
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Publications

  • A Litigation Paralegal's Guide to Case Management
  • Effective Document Control and Organization
  • 2020
  • A Litigation Paralegal's Guide to Case Management
  • Ethical Questions - The Practical Do's and Don'ts
  • 2020
  • National Business Institute
  • Carrying Concealed Firearms in Pennsylvania
  • 2019
  • National Business Institute
  • Appropriate Police Interactions During Vehicle Traffic Stops
  • 2019
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Speaking Engagements

  • A Litigation Paralegal's Guide to Case Management
  • Effective Document Control and Organization
  • 2020
  • A Litigation Paralegal's Guide to Case Management
  • Ethical Questions - The Practical Do's and Don'ts
  • 2020
  • National Business Institute
  • Appropriate Police Interactions During Vehicle Traffic Stops
  • 2019
  • National Business Institute
  • Carrying Concealed Firearms in Pennsylvania
  • 2019
  • Laurel Technical Institute
  • The Role of the Criminal Defense Attorney in the Courtroom
  • 2015
  • Butler County Community College
  • The Importance of Incident Documentation
  • 2015
  • Butler County Community College
  • Ethics in Patient Care
  • 2015
  • Butler County Community College
  • Legal and Regulatory Issues Faced by First Responders
  • 2015
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • Drafting Bylaws
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former prosecutor who has handled cases against Attorney Mergl, a former prosecutor himself, I can tell you that Attorney Mergl is a top notch criminal trial attorney. He knows the law inside-out, and is extremely dedicated and committed to getting the best possible result for his clients, which he does every time. I highly recommend Attorney Mergl for criminal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney who knows his stuff and always does his best for his clients!"
Unknown Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a criminal defense attorney myself I can tell you Ryan Meryl is at the top of our game. He is a former prosecutor and a die hard advocate for his clients. This is a man who gets up at 5 a.m. to run several miles each day. This is a man who handles business and does so with a rarely found expertise. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ryan is a great lawyer with a reputation for working hard to solve issues his clients face."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I was conflicted out of a large drug case. Attorney Mergl entered his appearance with little time to prepare. He worked long hours and was ready. He challenged the drug quantity with some recent case law and technical theory and got the drug quantity drastically reduced. A great result."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Mergl is not afraid to litigate-and will fight tirelessly for his Clients. As such I endorse him."
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Pittsburgh Criminal defense Lawyer Ryan A. Mergl
Ryan A. Mergl
Criminal defense Attorney
Pittsburgh, PA
Licensed for 16 years
Virtual consultation available