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I have tried to make the site informative so you can learn something about me as a lawyer  and a person. Choosing a lawyer is a serious decision and should be made based on the attorney's skill, education, experience, and the concern he has for people. There is one school of thought that states a lawyer should not get emotionally involved in the client's issues or problems. I do not agree. I follow the approach of famed attorney Jerry Spence. I believe you need to care for your clients.


Law is a way of life to me, not a job. A career in law has pernitted me to learn and grow from the experiences I have had helping people solve problems. In September 2015 I passed my 35th year as a lawyer. I have not lost any of the excitement or joy even after so many years and I have gained immense experience handling civil injury cases, criminal charges, and business fraud cases.


In the civil area I have handled auto and big truck accidents, product liability cases, and many other types of personal injuries. Our verdicts and/or settlements range over $300 million dollars. For example we have obtained settlements and/or verdicts from a jury in the following amounts: $144 million, $120 million, $20.4 million, $5.7 million, $2.3 million, $1.5 million, $1 million, 1 million, $1million, $875,000.00, $500,000.00, $352,000.00, $245,000.00, $175,000.00, plus many more settlements for injured people. These awards are not "bragging rights," rather they represent the time and dedication my partner and I put into serious injury cases in order  to get each injured person the maximum amount of money they deserve for the injury and harm they have suffered.  We won't take a client's case and settle it for pennies on the dollar. We are in the case for the client. After all, it will be the only chance the client has for a full and fair award of money damages. 


In the area of criminal defense I have represented both rich and poor, serious state and federal crimes, and  state misdemeanors or petty crimes. My approach focuses on the needs of the client and what would be best for their present and future well-being. My clients have included a state Supreme Cout Judge, the Mayor of Jackson, prominent medical professionals, law enforcement, and hundreds of good working men, women and kids. I hope you never need my help in an area that has caused your family or friends legal trouble or pain, but if you do I hope you will be comforted by the fact that I have experience, I stay updated in my education, I work hard, and love my career. These things make a great lawyer.


Let me mention on thing about experience. Many law firms have the word experience plastered on their web site like it is a paint. Experience is an easy word to write, but a big word to back up. If you go to the Coxwell & Associates web site you can explore the vast experience of serious injury and criminal cases we have handled. You don't have to take our word, you can see our experience. Lastly, I have noticed so many people who need a lawyer searching for the cheapest lawyer they can find. That may work in some cases, but in serious injury cases or where you are charged with a criminal offense, do you really want the cheapest lawyer? Would you go look for the cheapest surgeon to operate on you or one of the best doctors? It a personal choice for you to make. Merrida (Buddy)


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 45%
    36 years
  2. Personal Injury: 45%
    36 years
  3. Appeals: 8%
    36 years
  4. Civil Rights: 2%
    36 years



Hourly ($300-400/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

16 total 

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  • Jason Scott Gilbert

    I endorse this lawyer. Merrida was one of the toughest adversaries I ever faced as a prosecutor. His sincere concern for his clients, as well as his preparation reverberate through the courtroom. He is an excellent advocate and counselor.


    Jason Gilbert Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Merrida. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

500 North State Street
Jackson, MS, 39201


WVAuthorized to practice law200707/13/2016
DCActive 200607/06/2016
MSAuthorized to practice law198007/18/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Stanford Young Life Time Achievement AwardMississippi Association for Justice2014
Nations Top Trial AttorneyBest Attorneys Network2009
Trial Lawyer of the YearMississippi Trial Lawyers Association2008
Top Attorney in the Deep SouthMid-South Super Lawyer2006
Stone Pony AwardMississippi Trial Lawyers Association2003
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerCoxwell & Associates, PLLC1980 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennesse Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc.Member2009 - Present
Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2007 - Present
West Virginia State BarMember2007 - Present
District of Columbia BarN/A2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Mississippi Association for JusticeChair of Political Action & Education Committee2005 - Present
Texas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Public JusticeMember2003 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
Alabama Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
Fifth Circuit Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysLife time member1980 - Present
Mississippi BarAttorney1980 - Present
Mississippi Association for JusticeMember; Past President; Board Member1980 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1977 - Present
Public JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Beck vs. City of JacksonVerdict for Heirs in amount of 2.1 million
Robinson vs. Ford Motor Company144 million verdict
Hines vs. EquicreditCommercial fraud against many consumers
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Publication nameTitleDate
CLESee our website1980
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeN/AGraduate2009
Mississippi College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of AlabamaPsychology & LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Numerous speaking engagementsSee our websiteN/A