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David Lloyd Merrill

Divorce and separation Attorney at Palm Beach Gardens, FL

4.8   24 reviews

Licensed for 26 years

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REDEFINING POSSIBLE. EXPERIENCE TO KNOW WHEN TO BE AGGRESSIVE AND HARD-NOSED, AND WHEN TO USE FINESSE AND WORK TOWARDS A COLLABORATIVE SOLUTION.

 

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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Licensed for 26 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1996
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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THE ASSOCIATES
2401 PGA Boulevard
Suite 280M
Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 33410

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
Posted by MELISSA | March 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Caring and attentive - GOT THE JOB DONE
Mr. Merrill was extremely helpful. His reply to my thumbtack page was so quick. I really needed his help with my bankruptcy filing which he was so patient and helpful in informing me. Honestly, the nicest lawyer I have ever spoken to. I happen to be a single woman that got into a financial predicament and I needed some consulting regarding my financial needs involving bankruptcy and Mr. Merrill really came through for me. He was quick in responding to my needs and patient dealing with me and answering my questions. I couldn't recommend anyone better.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney
David did an amazing job handling our very complex case! He is professional, smart, humble & has a great sense of humor ( which is needed some days!). We are so thankful to have an attorney like David to help us in our time of need. We would highly recommend him to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful, Free Consultation
David provided a FREE consultation w/ myself regarding a minor family law issue. He provided great advice to attempt to resolve this issue first w/o hiring an attorney. Many attorneys will ramble on without and direct steps, however, David provided some direct advice to assist me in my legal issue. This review is only to speak to David's ability for consultation, and not necessarily, direct litigation skills. This was very generous of his time and I thank him for his advice.
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Posted by Nate | May 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helpful
Dave was a lifesaver during my divorce experience. He was helpful in many ways, but mainly in his advice as to handle the situations that arise in divorce.
Posted by Lynda | May 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lynda
We are very happy with the results of a family divorce situation. While this was a very painful experience, Dave was professional and friendly and helped us through it.
Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Five stars because there is no six
At 70 years old, I had gone from a 7 figure net worth to a significant minus! Attorney Merrill handled everything without breaking a sweat. No matter what the issues,and there were plenty, he always had an efficient legal solution. Part of being a great attorney is having a great staff. No question ever went unanswered. I was always in the loop. I found David by accident(not a good way to find competent counsel) and I was very lucky for once in my life. P.S. The wardrobe is to die for. There is nothing like having the best attorney in the courthouse , attrired to match. I hope never to be back in this situation,but it is nice to know you have Superman in your corner should you need him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and caring
David Merrrill and his staff made me feel cared about during a difficult time in my life. They handled my case with professionalism and I am able to put that behind me now. I so appreciate David's amazing work and he was able to get me the best outcome for my case. Always have a big place in my heart for him and his staff.
Posted by Margaret | September 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patient, caring and knowledgeable
My life kept spiraling downward. I knew I had to seek legal assistance. After reading many reviews on various lawyers I decided to go with Attorney Merrill. Everything I read was true. He is sensitive to your situation; explains your options. He and his staff are very thorough and caring. They walked me through every step of the way. I appreciate their assistance and you won't be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fraudster Goes Bankrupt and Sues Me
I run a legitimate 501c3 non-profit that was sued by an individual that committed fraud and then went bankrupt. He tried to collect a large amount of money from me that was really not his but because of the way he wrote our contract on a previous deal, I found myself having to defend my non-profit so we did not have to pay a large sum of money that we really did not owe. Going to court would be expensive so I contacted Mr. Merrill who took my case. In a very short period of time, he was able to reach a deal for me that both protected my non-profit and reach an agreement that was amenable to both sides. Mr. Merrill knows the bankruptcy law very well, is an excellent negotiator, and is very personable (a trait often difficult to find among attorneys). I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Michael Gagne | March 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Reliable
Mr. Merrill went above and beyond while working with us on our bankruptcy. His office staff always responded to our emails and/or phone calls promptly. And even when the case was completed he was still available to answer our questions and address our concerns. I would highly recommend Mr. Merrill.
Posted by Maggie | January 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
UNBELIEVABLE
I hired Mr. Merrill's firm to handle my divorce this year. I located him on Thumbtack and was contacted by the firm very quickly. Mr. Merrill's quote was straightforward with no " hidden costs". We did an internet fist bump and he was hired. This is the most seamless lawyer/client relationship ever. His assistant , ( Hi Dianne )was THE best ever and even expressed she wanted to give me a hug on my big day. The residing Judge granted my divorce in less than 5 minutes with the very definitive statement "Your attorney did an EXCELLENT job and you should thank him". ( I did ) We walked out of chambers smiling from ear to ear. ( I wish I could have given the other grim-looking clients at the courthouse his business card ) . Bar none, this is the best attorney/client relationship ever and I highly recommend Mr. Merrill.
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Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind and sympathetic
David is very kind and considerate and helped me win my case. He explains everything in detail so you understand it. I would highly recommend him to represent you. Very happy client!
Posted by Colleen | October 11, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Huge Help
I contacted Mr. Merrill and he was a huge help. I highly recommend him for any help you need. He is very friendly and will go above and beyond to help.
Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
citizen
David was an exceptional attorney. he held my hand all the way through the process. David even consulted with me on the weekend. David was patient with all my questions.
Posted by Timothy j rosa jr | June 17, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A lawyer that makes you feel like family!
Had a family situation that was escalating very rapidly. I saw the great reviews here and on a few other sites and decided to give David a chance. Let me tell you that 5 stars isn't enough to express how impressed i was with David after meeting with him. Not only did he see me with very little notice but he was nice enough to work with my schedule to do so. He also treated me like family and made my situation his problem! It was as if i had a new family member in my corner helping me understand what my options were and when i would need to come back for representation. He was even willing to work with me on payments if i don't have the money when and if this situation gets out of hand! I hope i don't need representation but if i do i'm not looking any farther then David Merrill! Ive also referred him to my mom that is dealing with bankruptcy and i'm sure her review will be soon behind!
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Posted by Gary | April 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David Merrill
Very knowledgeable and professional. Going through chapter 13 bankruptcy. I was very lucky I hired David Merrill as my attorney and would highly recommend him
Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy Chapter 11
Davis is an excellent lawyer . Very strategic and knowledgable about the current law and changes. He consults and designs a strategy for winning. His discloses all possibilities upfront and is honest in terms of the outcome of your case. He is honest up front so he doesn't has to be concerned with any potentials problems later . Even if the answer is not want you want to hear . He discloses initially so you can make an inform decision considering all factors when making your decision. He is highly respected among his peers and the courts. He has established relationships with the courts and other attorneys. This is vital when he has to negotiate with the creditors and skillfully apply the law to your situation. I would hire him again.
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Posted by Shannon | December 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Has always been there when we've needed him.
David Merrill has been a lawyer for our family a couple times in the past 15 years. He's been fair and walked us through every step. He doesn't talk down to you and makes everything easy to understand. Mr. Merrill is very straight forward, objectionable and fair. He told us what to expect, what our deadlines were, what he needed from us and never once seemed unsure of our circumstances. He knows his stuff and was confident in every discussion we had. He made my husband feel better about our situation as we are currently working through some court proceedings. David Merrill is definitely not an attorney that looks down on you for your situation or makes you feel bad. He's very down to earth and makes you feel comfortable with every meeting you have. I recommend Mr. Merrill highly and will continue to use his services.
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, Compassionate & Understanding
David Merrill understood where we were coming from. He is patient and kind and non-judgmental. I have hired him and asked for consultation. I would highly recommend him to everyone.
Posted by Scott | April 23, 2015
I would recommend David and his firm without hesitation ...
David and his staff were extremely effective and professional in helping my wife and I in preserving our house against foreclosure. I cannot say enough good things about him and will always be grateful for the great legal work they did.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Merrill, PA
  • 2015 - Present
  • Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Private Practice Firms
  • 1996 - 2015

Education

  • Rutgers-The State University, School Of Law - Camden
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Stetson University
  • BBA
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • In re: Dewhurst
  • Case confirmed in four months
  • In re Fowlds
  • The 11 (part of an 18) was deemed a valid filing
  • In re: Symmetrical Stair
  • Unsecured payout of .01% (one onehundreth of a percentage point)

Associations

  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Litigation Committee
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors
  • Board Member
  • 1996 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Avvo 10 (Supurb)
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • AV rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Avvo 10 (Supurb)
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017
  • Avvo 10 (Supurb)
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016
  • Avvo 10
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 2015
  • 10 (Supurb)
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers in Florida
  • The Legal Netowrk
  • 2014
  • Avvo Top Contributor Award 2013
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Avvo Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
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Publications

  • RA9 -- What Every Practitioner Needs to Know
  • Revised Article 9
  • 2001
  • NJPPS
  • Pocket Part
  • 1997
  • Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • New Jersey Pleading and Practice Forms Series
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Transactional Law Committee Luncheon
  • Bankruptcy & Business Restructuring: Tools for Conducting Transactions with Parties in Bankruptcy
  • 2015
  • FLN Meeting 12/16/14
  • Bankruptcy - What Every Practitioner Should Know
  • 2014
  • General meeting
  • The ABCs of Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors
  • 2010
  • RA9 -- What Every Practitioner Needs to Know
  • Revised Article 9
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (21)
Endorse David
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Other
"David is a thorough, hard working attorney who will work hard to accomplish your restructuring goals."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.david is extremely talented and effective.i would highly recommend him.louis robinson"
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Merrill is a consummate professional. He and I have consulted on several bankruptcy law matters over the years including Chapters 7, 11, and 13 matters and he has always proven himself to be extraordinarily knowledgeable on all aspects of these bankruptcy law matters. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any of these bankruptcy law matters."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I recommend this attorney without reservation! I have know him for over 10 years and he is very ethical and effective. He is able to assist his client in their time of need and practices with a level of compassion without compare."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In a financially diverse setting, when debts are overwhelming, you need someone highly knowledgable, extremely competent, and always there to help. These are the qualities in which I endorse David."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer based upon our association on Avvo, his Answers, and research of his qualifications and experience."
Foreclosure Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Mr. Merrill continues to provide valuable advice on Avvo each time that he responds to a question. Although I have been licensed and practicing for 24 years, including time spent as a judge and magistrate, I continually learn from his answers about different aspects of the law. I would recommend him to everyone."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known David since 1996 and he knows his stuff. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Merrill is a credit to the legal profession. I highly endorse this lawyer and recommend his services to anyone in need of legal advice."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Merrill. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Merrill is a knowledgeable and skillful lawyer that never stops advocating for his clients. We have been in opposite sides a few times and he has always tried to look for a common resolution to our client's disputes instead of proceeding with useless litigation."
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