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About me

Born and raised in Oregon, I moved to Idaho for college soon after graduating from Aloha High School.  I studied philosophy, law, and flyfishing at University of Idaho, then worked as a public defender in Maricopa County (Phoenix, AZ).  My professional focus now is in the areas of real estate, land use and business law.  My trial-intensive background has made all the difference in numerous civil litigation and transactional matters. 


My goal is to provide cost-effective legal services by finding the best possible resolution to legal matters with the client's interests always at the forefront of my mind.  Please contact Merrill Property Law, LLC with your real estate, land use and business law inquiries.


Practice areas

  1. Business: 20%
    14 years
  2. Real Estate: 20%
    14 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    14 years
  4. Residential Real Estate: 20%
  5. Contracts: 20%
    14 years



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jason R. Smith

    I've worked with Mr. Merrill on cases and he's very knowledgeable and has a great legal mind. He works hard and will do a good job for you. I highly recommend and endorse Mr. Merrill.


    Jason Smith DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jeffrey K. Traylor

    I endorse this lawyer. Nicholas is very knowledgeable and a zealous advocate.


    Jeffrey Traylor Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Merrill & Ropp, LLP

8235 SW Oleson Rd. Suite C
Portland, OR, 97223


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
CertificateGerry Spence Trial College2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMerrill & Ropp, LLP2014 - Present
AttorneyMerrill Property Law, LLC2011 - 2014
AttorneyHillsboro Law Group, PC2007 - 2011
AttorneyMaricopa County2001 - 2005
Legal InternNez Perce County Public Defender (Fitzgerald and Van Idour)2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2007 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaVoluntarily Resigned; May Reinstate on Motion2002 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Business LitigationJury verdict in clients' favor on each and every claim.
Landlord-Tenant LitigationUnanimous Jury Verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Idaho College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of IdahoPhilosophyBS - Bachelor of Science1998