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Andrew Merlo

Family Attorney at Palm Beach Gardens, FL

4.6   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Andrew

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Attorney Andrew Merlo has been representing people just like you in South Florida since 1995. His law practice concentrates on Divorce and Family Law. Clients of attorney Andrew Merlo benefit from his years of experience as a family law trial attorney.

  

“I understand what you are going through and what is at stake for you and your family. That's why I encourage you to contact me immediately at for your free consultation. Frankly, if your home life has deteriorated to the point where you are considering hiring an attorney then it is likely time to act. Together, we will discuss your options and begin to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs.  When you hire me, I will personally be by your side, aggressively fighting for you and your rights under the law.”

Location

The Law Offices of Andrew Merlo, P.A.
4440 PGA Boulevard
Suite 600
Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 33410
Yaffa & Associates
301 Yamato Road Suite 2190
Boca Raton, FL, 33431
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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody case - top notch attorney
I worked with Andrew on a complex child custody case. Things came up in my case that required him to be on call 24/7, he always answered the phone. He has an incredible attention to detail and memory of the case that spanned multiple years, and that memory helped all along the way. Andrew was able to review the issues, come up with a plan, and present and argue the case in a way that was top notch. Andrew is able to take very detailed concepts and separate out what are the most important. He both filed motions for me, and argued my case in the courtroom. In both instances, he was always ultra professional, prepared, and detailed in his work. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Robert | November 16, 2016
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Child Custody
Andrew is an excellent attorney. As a man it is not easy to gain permanent custody of a child regardless of the circumstances. That said, Andrew was successful in doing so. His guidance and preparation in my case directly led to the judges favorable decision. He took a true interest in me and my case. He cares about his client!
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2016
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A COMPLEX PATERNITY/DIVORCE-SUPERB RESULTS
Andrew Merlo is a fabulous attorney in the field of family law. He was able to research every possible approach to helping my son out of a serious paternity obligation. Via his thourough research into my son's wife's marital history he discovered my son was not the legal father of their child and although we knew he wasn't the biologic father via DNA, my son had signed a birth certificate stating he was the father. Mr. Merlo was able to represent my son and deal with extremely complex issues and handle my son's ex wife in a most gentle and kind fashion as he guided her in seeing what was best for all parties. Mr Merlo navigated through treacherous waters to achieve a wonderful outcome for my son before an extremely knowledgable , meticulous and thorough Judge. The Judge praised him for his careful and concise application of the law. We were able to shorten a lengthy and circuitous legal road to achieve the desired result . We can't thank Mr. Merlo enough and highly recommend him to anyone seeking assistance in matters regarding Family issues.
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Posted by Kelley | March 11, 2016
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Short Notice...
Andy jumped in at the last minute and handled my case with no complaints. Not only did he study over 5 years worth of case data, he took time out of his weekend to go above and beyond to get prepared for a Monday morning trial. Andy was professional, tough in the court room, and very sincere.
Posted by Mari | March 1, 2016
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Mr. Merlo's Rating
I would highly recommend Mr. Merlo to anyone looking for a divorce lawyer. He was professional, compassionate and diligent. I felt that he had my best interest at heart always and treated me with the upmost respect.
Posted by Paul | March 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
divorce
Andy has been a steady force throughout the entire process helping me to understand the expectations of the courts. As well as providing the vigorous research and litigation my case required.
Posted by Devin | March 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Happy I hired Andrew Merlo
I had met with a few lawyers to handle my case and when I met Andrew I hired him on the spot and I am thrilled that I did. I had a very difficult and long drawn out case, and working with Andrew and his staff really made a difference. He is always happy and available. He is easy to talk to and very knowledgeable, experienced and honest. I absolutely trust Andrew. He is a good guy and I would highly recommend him to friends and family!!
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Posted by Larry | February 24, 2016
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Great Lawyer
Mr. Merlo was extremely professional and diligent in representing me during my divorce. Even when I wanted to make rash an emotional "bad decisions" Mr. Merlo demonstrated his keen experience by advising on the obvious outcomes that would affect not only me but my children. Andy is a street smart attorney who cares for his clients and gets the job done. Thank you for knocking down that alimony!!!!
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Posted by Diego | February 23, 2016
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Not just a lawyer!
From the moment I contacted Mr Merlo for a consultation he immediately made himself available not only providing me with his office phone number but also his cel phone! He was very accommodating making sure he gathered all the facts and that we understood the whole process! I would STRONGLY recommend him!
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2012
Great Lawyer
Mr. Merlo was very knowledgeable and caring with my divorce case. He knew the law and got me everything he said he would. He was aggressive when he needed to be and he negotiated a great settlement. I would 100% recommend him to anybody needing a divorce lawyer in Palm Beach County.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2011
Do NOT put your faith in this man to represent your best interests
I have significant experience with attorneys and litigation, and based on my experience with Mr. Merlo, I found his style of handling my sensitive divorce to be unsettling at best. He proclaimed his expertise was "big picture", but often the details cannot be overlooked at the expense of grandiose showmanship. He executed with an unfamiliarity of legal arguments based on case law required to skillfully defend my complicated matter. He possessed an inability or just plain disinterest to follow through with basic components of critical tasks required in my case, made several technical errors that I noticed (I am not a lawyer) that could have cost me significantly if not caught in time, was extremely poorly equipped or seemingly inexperienced to properly handle the complex legal matters associated and was unfamiliar with the details of my case after months of being retained. Mr. Merlo is a nice and pleasant man, just fell short in providing the service required in my case.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Yaffa & Associates
  • 2016 - Present
  • Senior Attorney/In-House Counsel
  • Wayne Akers Ford, Inc.
  • 2005 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Andrew Merlo, PA
  • 1999 - Present
  • Director of Litigation, Senior Litigator
  • Law Offices of Steven Serle, PA
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law offices of Joel H. Feldman
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office
  • 1994 - 1994
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Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re Estate of Catapane, 759 So. 2d 9 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2000)
  • Precedential

Associations

  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Nova Southeastern University Moot Court Society
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • International Economics Honor Society
  • Omicron Delta Espilon
  • 1990

Publications

  • Palm Beach Daily Business Review
  • Appeals judges worry over lawyer ethics in fee fight arising from insurance settlement
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Andrew
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrew is one in a million. We have known each other for several years and he always delivers at the top of his game for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He was thoroughly knowledgeable with the procedures and substance of the law. Mr. Merlo is a personable attorney who was very easy to work with."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the privilege and opportunity to work with Mr. Merlo for many years now. His legal knowledge is exceptionally impressive in the realm of family law matters as well as in business litigation matters. Mr. Merlo is a well-versed, well-experienced attorney and it shows both on paper and in the court room. He is a persuasive, well-respected legal advocate that puts forth passionate legal arguments on behalf of his clients. He is a true professional, an ethical human being, and a strong advocate on behalf of his clients."
Divorce and separation

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Palm Beach Gardens Family Lawyer Andrew Merlo
Andrew Merlo
Family Attorney
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Licensed for 29 years