|MD||Inactive - Retired||1998||06/09/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorneys||The American Society of Legal Advocates||2016|
|Purdue Scholar Athlete of the Year||John Purdue Club||1991|
|Attorney||Polyak Law Office||2016 - Present|
|Attorney||Waldman Law Group, P.C.||2009 - 2016|
|Public Defender||Berks County Office Of The Public Defender||2001 - 2009|
|Attorney||Ellsworth, Carlton & Waldman, P.C.||1998 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Berks County Bar Association, Criminal Defense Section||Co-Chair||2016 - Present|
|Berks County Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee||Co-Chair||2015 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2015 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Attorney Member||2009 - Present|
|Berks County Bar Association||Attorney Member||2001 - Present|
|Berks County Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee||Executive Committee||2014 - 2015|
|Commonwealth v. B.L.||Not guilty after trial. No jail time|
|Commonwealth v. N.M.||Found not guilty of DUI at trial. No jail and client was free to leave.|
|CW v. RC||Not guilty of any charges. Free to leave.|
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|American University, Washington College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Purdue University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1991|
|BCTV||Intersection Between Social Security Disability and FMLA||2009|
Posted by anonymous
I was referred to Andrea Mertz through word of mouth. After consulting with her I felt comfortable with her knowledge of the law and experience and hired her to represent me. She was professional, reliable and easy to communicate with. She was able to get my charges dismissed and did so with ease during my court hearing. I highly recommend her to anyone who is in need of an honest and caring attorney.
Posted by bob
we hired Ms. Mertz to handle a very simple civil matter. After taking our money and putting up a good front she stopped contacting us in regards to our case. Even worse, she didn't notify us we had lost our case until after the time to appeal had expired, then after reviewing court records we discovered that she didn't enter pertinent evidence into the record after we paid her to do so. We currently have complaints in with the bar association and are considering a legal malpractice case. I would not recommend hiring the person, if its a criminal case you'll be sitting in jail while she's cashing your check.
Posted by Rey
I was arrested a couple of months ago for possession of marijuana, escape and trespassing. I thought my life was over being that I'm a college student in the process of earning my bachelors degree. That degree would be worthless with something like this on my background. Anyways, after being bailed out I went to consult with a couple lawyers. All of which made me feel worse about my situation. I feel as though we spent more time discussing payment, instead of the actual case. At this point I was just going to go with any lawyer because my preliminary hearing was coming up real soon. I did some research again and ran into Andrea's profile on here. I decided to go consult with her. Thank god I did, best decision ever. Andrea truly knows whats shes doing. She cares for her clients, also makes herself available to you whenever needed. She didn't bs me like the other lawyers did. She was honest about everything, every step of the way. Answered allllll of my questions, lord knows I had plenty lol. I was really so stressed out about my case, Andrea could see it. She told me to let her handle the stress of the case and to continue living my life as if nothing had happened. She told me she would do everything in her power to help me, and that she did. She got me accepted into the ARD program, even with a prior conviction I had a year and a half ago. All thanks to her hard work. I would recommend her to anyone. I will forever be grateful. Thank you so much for everything ANDREA!
Joseph Guillama, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have known Andrea since the time I began practicing law and in that time I have known Andrea to be a highly effective and passionate criminal defense attorney. Not only does she truly care about her clients and their well-being, but she thoroughly knows the law and aggressively advocates for her clients at all levels of their representation. I would have no hesitation in recommending Andrea Mertz to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney.
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