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John Gerth Merna

Foreclosure Attorney at Newport News, VA

5.0   13 reviews

also known as John G. Merna


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About John

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"I founded The Merna Law Group with the idea that everyone has the right to affordable legal help.  The legal process can be a stressful and difficult experience.  Our goal is to remove that stress and make the process easy.  I haven't done my job unless the client feels that way."

About my firm:

Founder of The Merna Law Group, P.C. voted "Best Law Firm" in several cities throughout the Tidewater area by readers of The Virginian Pilot and in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, & 2011.

Associations:

President of the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association - 2010-2011
Associations: Virginia State Bar, California State Bar, Board Member of the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association, Member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

Education:
B.A. Political Science, Virginia Tech
M.A. Journalism, University of Arizona
J.D. Law, George Mason University School of Law

Prior Experience: Central Intelligence Agency

Bar Membership: Virginia & California

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Licensed for 30 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 12/27/2022
State CA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1995
Updated 12/02/2022

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

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The Merna Law Group, PC
11815 Fountain Way, #300
Newport News, VA, 23606
The Merna Law Group, P.C.
621 North Lynnhaven Road
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452
The Merna Law Group, P.C.
7400 Beaufont Springs Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA, 23225
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Chesapeake, VA, 23323
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Norfolk, VA, 23502
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Hampton, VA, 23666
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Portsmouth, VA, 23704
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Suffolk, VA, 23435
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Williamsburg, VA, 23185
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Gloucester, VA, 23061
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
John was so helpful with my case. Went above and beyond to help me through a really difficult decision and time. Made the process smooth and organized. Appreciate him and his staff. Thank you so very much!!!!
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Respect
Attorney Merna took the time to understand my situation and then explain in easy to understand terms my options. He helped me to gain insight into not only my choices but went on to outline what each choice would look like. In the end, he was honest and explain why at this moment my case was not yet ready.
Posted by Andrea | July 24, 2015
best of the beach
i used merna law for chapter 7, I was very embarrassed and felt like a failure, he explained everything well, and really fought for me. my credit was terrible i could not even get a car loan. he got my case discharged, explained how to build credit. 1 year later for approved for 1.4% car loan for five years. he is laid back, but knows his stuff. sadly i live in north carolina and they made a ruling after my case that we can no longer file in va, otherwise I would use the firm him 4 life
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Posted by Kelly | November 1, 2011
Thanks John. You're the best!!
I was very impressed with John Merna when we first met. He was professional, but cool and casual and friendly. I immediately felt comfortable and confident that my bankruptcy would be over and done with as soon as possible and that I was doing the right thing. I already have and will continue to recommend The Merna Law Group to my friends and neighbors. I really liked how simple John made everything and I was surprised and impressed at how quickly it all happened. I expected my whole experience to be a big headache and instead I felt immediate relief as soon as I first met with John. Thanks :)
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2011
Outstanding service and reliability
" Thank you for the patience and understanding shown through some of the most difficult times. I could not have found a better team and law firm. After trying other firms this one comes highly recommended when others said no and didn't have the time the Merna Law Group said life doesn't have to be that way let me show you why and they were right. "
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2011
This Law firm is what others strive to be
I cannot think of anything else that would be an improvement, I actually have so much confidence in the Merna Law Firm and Mr. Merna that I refer my customers from Portsmouth and Chesapeake
Posted by Christine | October 29, 2011
A lawyer who makes a difference...
John put me totally at ease from the start. I left the office secure in the knowledge that he would win my bankruptcy case. It was resolved within a very short period of time, even though I was so busy I sent some of the paperwork in late! Thanks John for your patience!
Posted by Dawn | September 27, 2011
Thank you John Merna!
I have recommended friends and family to this firm. I didn't expect when dealing with the two legal matters that I would receive the level of service that I did. Considering I'm not a lawyer, (but I play one on tV haha) I was nervous going into both situations and the knowledge and friendliness of the staff really put me at ease. Thank you John Merna and team for all you've done.
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Posted by Mitzi | September 24, 2011
John Merna Law
I hired the firm of John Merna for some business matters. I found everyone in the office to be pleasant, friendly and very knowledgeable. My matters were handles very quickly, and professionally. I would definitely use again, and reccomend this firm to anyone that needs a professional, excellent attorney.
Posted by Pamela | September 16, 2011
Excellent service for bankruptcy filing
John Merna and his staff were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and responsive as they walked me through my bankruptcy case. I am very grateful for their commitment to me and for their high level of service.
Posted by Janice | September 15, 2011
An Honorable Law Firm
The Merna Law Group is one of the best law firms I ever experienced. I went to them at a stressful time where I had just gone through divorce, lost my job and financial distress in the same month. John Merna was not only professional and informative, but compassionate. This is a quality that not all attorney's have. He took the time to answer all of my concerns. I never felt rushed, he assured me that know question was insignificant. I was filing bankruptcy and felt overwhelmed when I went in but so confident and assured when I left his office.
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Posted by Bessie C. | September 1, 2011
Great bankruptcy attorneys, highly recommend
I have used John Merna & The Merna Law Group for both a bankruptcy and negotiating a loan modification. I found their services to be excellent. They are very laid back and made me comfortable in an uncomfortable situation.
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2010
Excellent, sympathetic attorney
Mr. Merna took time to understand our situation and explain to us our options. Everything he said would happen did and worked out great. I would highly recommend him.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Law Offices of Lozano & Merna
  • 1997 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Price & Associates
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Operations Officer
  • The Central Intelligence Agency
  • 1987 - 1995
  • Civilian Contractor
  • The Multinational Forces & Observers
  • 1982 - 1985
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Education

  • George Mason Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Arizona
  • Masters
  • 1986
  • Virginia Tech Inst
  • Undergraduate
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • In re Malbon
  • Negotiated Remainder Interest
  • Gary N. Fields v. Handyman of Hampton Roads, Ltd
  • Judgment for defendant
  • In Re Packer
  • Order granting

Associations

  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2007 - Present
  • United States Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2003 - Present
  • Association of Former Intelligence Officers
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • California State Bar
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1995 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best Law Firm - Gold
  • Virginia Pilot Choice Award
  • 2018
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Best Local Law Firm in Richmon
  • Richmond Style Magazine
  • 2014
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Best Law Firm - Silver
  • Virginian Pilot's Choice Award
  • 2014
  • Choice Award - Best Legal Services
  • The Daily Press
  • 2013
  • Best Bankruptcy Lawyer - Silver
  • The Virginian Pilot
  • 2013
  • Choice Award - Best Legal Services
  • The Daily Press
  • 2012
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2012
  • The Best Law Firm (Selected Cities)
  • The Virginian Pilot
  • 2012
  • The Best Law Firm (Selected Cities)
  • The Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com
  • 2011
  • Reader's Choice Award for Best Law Firm
  • The Virginian Pilot
  • 2010
  • Reader's Choice Award for Best Law Firm
  • The Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com
  • 2009
  • Reader's Choice Award for Best Law Firm
  • The Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com
  • 2008
  • Reader's Choice Award for Best Law Firm
  • The Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com
  • 2007
  • Reader's Choice Award for Best Law Firm
  • The Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com
  • 2006
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Publications

  • The Merna Law Group
  • 10 Bankruptcy Myths
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • National CLE
  • Bankruptcy Nuts & Bolts
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (13)
Endorse John
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great lawyer! Excellent reputation."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Merna is an amazing attorney and wonderful mentor and boss. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in bankruptcy and consumer law and it shows in his successful practice. Mr. Merna is patient and kind with both his clients and his staff. I feel very lucky to have him as a mentor in the early stages of my legal career and have already gained so much knowledge by working for him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He provides detailed and insightful analysis to questions posed by AVVO subscribers. The detailed responses and thorough explanations provided here display a vast knowledge of the law. He is an asset to the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Merena exemplifies the very best attributes of an active attorney and a level of professionalism, confidence and skill we should all aspire to. Honesty, dedication and a love of the law, which means. giving back to others who lack our understanding of the law and benefit from our inherent desire to provide the right answer. The thousands years of combined legal experience of professionals activity participating in this forum represent some of the very best of our profession, which is after all, at its base is desire to help those in need. This Attorney’s experience and knowledge, I believe, demonstrates that there is a desire to provide to provide accurate advice and obtain appropriate results for clients. Most importantly, this Attorney is willing to help complete strangers (as is the case in this forum) with legal problems for which we collectively provide useful information, thereby demystifying the legal process as much as possible. I would recommend this Attorney w"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Concise, clear, and thoughtful answers to questions posed. Client friendly but still professional. Cares about his clients."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Merna provides detailed and honest postings on AVVO assisting those with bankruptcy questions. His frank comments and explanation of the law within his legal guides are extermely useful to not only AVVO posters but also to attorneys in the legal community. Having to address issues related to bankruptcy, I can state that this field of law is not an easy one to explain. Attorney Merna is a true professional."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Friend
"John is experienced and determined. He does a great job for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Leadership is more than doing a good job for your own clients. A really outstanding lawyer should also take the time to set high standards for other lawyers to follow. John Merna has done that on a key issue that affects bankruptcy lawyers across Virginia. Thank you, John."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr Merna is a wise man who understands more than the law. He understands people, and he understands "the system." His perspective is always well worth considering & I have learned a lot by listening to his advice."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of practicing bankruptcy law under the guidance of Mr. Merna. He is well-versed in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases, and I feel fortunate to have him as a mentor."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I highly endorse John Merna. He is principled, extremely knowledgeable and presents reasoned and detailed assessment and evaluation of each matter presented. He offers compassion and committment to his clients with honest advice and practical solutions. He is truly a zealous advocate who never ceases to show anything less than an extreme dedication to both his clients and his practice of the law."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this attorney. He is a effective advocate for his clients and works hard to ensure that his clients receive the excellent representation."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"John Merna is a knowledgable, experienced bankruptcy attorney. John has a special rapport with his clients and staff members. He gives his clients one on one attention and goes out of his way to ease their stress. I have worked for John Merna for 7 years and I am grateful for his guidance."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Merna is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly endorse him."
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