Edward A Merrell

Edward A. Merrell

Edward A. Merrell

Managing Attorney
Hoover, Alabama

Mr. Merrell focuses his practice in three areas of the law: civil litigation, family law and criminal law. He has handled cases from complaint filing to discovery to trial and has been very successful in front of juries. He has appeared in over 100 trials in both civil and criminal courts in 10 different counties in Alabama. He is "Lead Counsel Rated" in civil litigation and family law.

In the area of civil litigation, the firm has been successful in defending an individual from a law suit of over $200,000; has recovered over half a million dollars for other plaintiff clients; and has settled breach of contract case, tenant matters, construction cases, auto wrecks and homeowner insurance claims. Working in criminal law, Mr. Merrell handles your common traffic tickets as well as many first degree felonies, including terrorism, sodomy, theft of property, identity theft and marijuana charges. Our firm drafts wills and some trusts, as well as creating limited liability companies for new businesses.

Mr. Merrell is often found speaking at school events and even at public rallies. Some of his topics and locations include the Peyton Pruitt Rally, "Mental Health in Justice," 2016; Brown Mackie College, "3 branches of government," 2016; Fortis College, "Business Formation," 2015 & 2016; and Brown Mackie, "Search & Seizure and gun control," 2015.

Mr. Merrell's work history prior to becoming an attorney includes nearly 10 years in the criminal justice system working as a police officer, detention officer and instructor. He has over nine years' experience in the insurance industry working claims. He has almost 10 years' experience working with youth at the YMCA. He was a member of the Birmingham School of Law's honor society, graduating as the organization's treasurer, and had also served as special prosecutor on the honor court. As a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary for over 13 years, he served as a staff officer, instructor and crew member before resigning in December 2015. Mr. Merrell spends all of his time outside of the office with his family, especially his daughter. He is an avid golfer and enjoys history, Gettysburg and Williamsburg especially.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Contracts
  • Insurance Law
  • Mediation


  • Birmingham School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama
    • Juris Doctor
    • Honors: Member, Birmingham School of Law’s Honor Society
    • Honors: Treasurer, Birmingham School of Law’s Honor Society
  • University of Alabama
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Criminal Justice


  • Peyton Pruitt Rally “Mental Health in Justice” 2016, Speaker
  • Brown Mackie College “3 branches of government” 2016, Speaker
  • Fortis College “Business Formation” 2015 & 2016, Speaker
  • Brown Mackie “Search & Seizure and gun control” 2015, Speaker
  • Program Advisory Committee, Brown Mackie College, Member
  • Program Advisory Committee, ITT Technical Institute, Member

Honors and Awards

  • “Lead Counsel Rated” in Civil Litigation and Family Law
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2018 - Present
  • Top Attorney - Civil Litigation , 2018 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alabama Bar Association, Member
  • Law School & Legal Education Task Force, Member, 2016 - 2017
  • ​Birmingham Bar Association, Crisis Relief Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Alabama Association for Justice, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • YMCA
  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Staff Officer, Instructor and Crew Member, 2015

Pro Bono Activities

  • 2016 Pro Bono Small Firm of the Year awarded by the Birmingham Bar Association
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