John Merriam was an unlicensed seaman in the U. S. merchant marine for 12 years before becoming a lawyer, working his way through college and law school. He served aboard 17 freighters and tankers in 12 different job classifications for the deck, engine and steward departments.
Other employment included 19 full-time jobs in eight states ranging from carpenter to cab driver, from roustabout in the oil fields to factory hand on the line. John paid law school tuition with a scholarship from the Seafarers International Union.
Passing the bar in 1982, John practiced with a small firm through 1995 --- first as associate, then as partner. Cases handled ran the gamut of general practice with an emphasis on maritime personal injury.
In 1993-94 John was the Chairman of the Maritime Section for the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.
Starting his own firm in 1996, John now restricts his practice to representing seamen on wage and injury claims.
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Russell Williams, Admiralty and maritime Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I endorse this lawyer's work. John is a tireless and fearless advocate of mariners with injury and wage claims. He is the lawyer responsible for convincing the Washington Supreme Court that a manifestly inadequate maintenance rate set forth in a collective bargaining agreement is unenforceable.
Shane Carew, Admiralty and maritime Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I have had cases with John and against John Merriam. He has the very highest ethical standards. I would hope law students would aspire to be like John Merriam. He is not afraid to make novel arguments for his clients, take them up on appeal, and challenge the system where he sees it is unfair. He has overcome long odds to make new law for the benefit of all Jones Act seaman. He is not intimidated by well funded insurance defense firms. But he is not unreasonable, and counsels his clients well when in negotiations.
|Attorney||Merriam Webb||2014 - Present|
|Owner||Solo Practice||1996 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|King County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Trial Lawyers for Public Justice||Member||N/A|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Chairman||1993 - 1994|
|Trial News||Don’t Concede the First and Last Days of the Maintenance Obligation||2014|
|Trial News||Are Unearned Wages and Maintenance Payable Beyond Maximum Cure?||2014|
|Trial News||When Setting Rates of Maintenance for Seamen with a House and Family, Should the Entire Mortgage Payment be Taken Into Account?||2014|
|Trial News||Is Employment of Fishermen ‘At Will‘ or is Just Cause Required for Discharge?||2014|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Do Seamen and Fishermen Injured in the Service of the Ship Have a Right to Medical Care for Life?||1994|
|Lewis & Clark Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|University of Washington||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1978|
|Annual Seminar||Maritime Personal Injury in Washington||2012|
|Annual Seminar||Maritime Personal Injury in Washington||2011|
|Annual Seminar||Maritime Personal Injury in Washington||2009|
|Annual Seminar||Maritime Personal Injury in Washington||2008|