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Mr. Merrill's experience includes the filing of a multitude of personal and business bankruptcy cases across the state of Florida and in New Jersey, and he has been involved in complex bankruptcy matters throughout the Southeastern United States. In addition to having been involved in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 filings, as an active trial and appellate attorney he also has extensive experience trying bankruptcy adversary proceedings having represented debtors and creditors including Citibank, Sears National Bank, Diner's club and other large institutional lenders. His appellate experience includes appearances before the Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Courts as well as a petition to the United States Supreme Court.


Mr. Merrill's representations include extremely complex individual matters and he has successfully represented commercial debtors in the construction, health care, mining, gas and oil and manufacturing industries.


In addition to his bankruptcy practice, Mr. Merrill also provides consultative services to the financial services industry relating to federal and state regulatory compliance.



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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 11: 45%
    19 years
  2. Chapter 13: 15%
    19 years
  3. Chapter 7: 15%
    19 years
  4. Family: 10%
    19 years
  5. Other: 15%
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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jason T Brown

    David is a thorough, hard working attorney who will work hard to accomplish your restructuring goals.


    Jason Brown Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Dorothy G Bunce

    For a guy that handles bankruptcy cases at the highest level, David Lloyd Merrill remains an easy to talk with, easy to understand guy. Even people with large bankruptcy cases appreciate being represented by someone that talks with them and not at them. I am honored to be the first to endorse Mr Merrill here on Avvo.


    Dorothy Bunce Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Merrill PA

Trump Plaza
525 South Flagler Drive, Fifth Floor
West Palm Beach, FL, 33401


FLMember in Good Standing199606/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale Hubble2015
10 (Supurb)Avvo2015
AV RatedMartindale Hubble2014
Top Contributor AwardAvvo2014
Top Lawyers in FloridaThe Legal Netowrk2014
Avvo Top Contributor Award 2013Avvo2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Avvo Top Contributor AwardAvvo2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMerrill, PA2015 - Present
Bankruptcy LawyerPrivate Practice Firms1996 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of FloridaMember2001 - Present
Florida Bar, Business Law SectionMember1996 - Present
American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Litigation CommitteeN/AN/A
Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division Board of GovernorsBoard Member1996 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re: DewhurstCase confirmed in four months
In re FowldsThe 11 (part of an 18) was deemed a valid filing
In re: Symmetrical StairUnsecured payout of .01% (one onehundreth of a percentage point)
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Publication nameTitleDate
RA9 -- What Every Practitioner Needs to KnowRevised Article 92001
NJPPSPocket Part1997
Lawyers Cooperative PublishingNew Jersey Pleading and Practice Forms Series1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - CamdenLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Stetson UniversityFinanceBBA1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Palm Beach County Bar Association, Transactional Law Committee LuncheonBankruptcy & Business Restructuring: Tools for Conducting Transactions with Parties in Bankruptcy2015
FLN Meeting 12/16/14Bankruptcy - What Every Practitioner Should Know2014
General meetingThe ABCs of Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors2010
RA9 -- What Every Practitioner Needs to KnowRevised Article 92001