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Merrick Brock Selected For List of Best Wrongful Death Attorneys in Richmond

Merrick Brock was selected by Expertise.com for its list of the Best Wrongful Death Attorneys in Richmond, Virginia.  Merrick Brock was given 5 stars for professionalism and 4.9 stars for reputation. Expertise.com finds and reviews service professionals in the legal industry across the U.S. to help customers find professionals for their needs.  The selection process includes reviewing credentials and accreditations, screening for professionalism, and even posing as a mystery shopper to gauge knowledgeability, friendliness, and professionalism. To learn more and check out Merrick Brock’s selection, click https://www.expertise.com/va/richmond/wrongful-death-attorney

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Merrick Brock Obtains $900,000 Verdict After Four-Day Jury Trial

Attorneys Les Brock and John Merrick obtained a $900,000 verdict in the Prince William County Circuit Court for a client who was injured in a car crash in Northern Virginia.  The plaintiff, a 47-year-old auto mechanic, was rear ended while stopped in traffic waiting to make a left turn. There was minor damage to the plaintiff’s rear bumper and the plaintiff reportedly denied any injury at the scene.  The plaintiff decided to get checked out at a local hospital where he was diagnosed with minor sprains and strains and released.  However, over the next month the pain in his lower...

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John Merrick Selected to Virginia Super Lawyers

John Merrick was selected to the list of 2023 Super Lawyers as a top-rated personal injury attorney.  This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Super Lawyers selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors. John has been selected as a Virginia Super Lawyer for four consecutive years and, before that, he was selected as a Rising Star for six consecutive years. There are a lot of “lawyer lists” out there, and we believe Super Lawyers gets it right. See John’s listing here:...

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Les Brock Obtains $450,000 Settlement for Construction Subcontractor

Les Brock recovered $450,000 for a HVAC subcontractor in a payment dispute with a general contractor over work performed at three large commercial projects in the Richmond area.  The general contractor failed to pay the subcontractor for the work, despite the fact that the general contractor had been paid by the project owner.  The general contract argued that it was entitled to withhold payment because the HVAC subcontractor did not properly document its work or submit its payment claims in the proper format, and the general contractor also claimed the subcontractor was responsible for water damage caused to other portions...

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John Merrick is Vice President of the Lewis F. Powell III Inn of Court

John is proud to serve as the vice-president of the local chapter of the American Inns of Court. The mission of the Inns of Court is to inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education and mentoring. Last week Judge Jayne Pemberton presented the Ester Windmueller Award to Judge Beverly Snukals at our Lewis F. Powell, III, Inn of Court meeting in recognition of her exemplary professionalism, inspired leadership, and dedicated mentoring of future leaders.  Both judges go out of their way to help young lawyers develop, and...

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John Merrick Celebrates at The United States Supreme Court

John is currently the Vice-President of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Inn of Court. The Inn is named after an influential Supreme Court Justice from Virginia. The Inn is comprised of mostly lawyers and judges and is dedicated to promoting civility and professionalism. The Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Inn is a member of the larger (national) American Inns of Court. The Inn provided John with a golden opportunity to celebrate last weekend at the United States Supreme Court for the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence. It was an inspiring night in an amazing place. The event provided an...

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Work-Life Balance: Merrick Brock Fishing Extravaganza

Work-life balance is critical. Most of us can use a little more life and less work. To do so, it is important to stop, live in the present and appreciate the little things, aka “smell the roses.” It is easier said than done, especially in a world of multitasking, deadlines, adversaries and the (almost) ever present cell phone. Work-life balance starts by unplugging. Emails, text messages, phone calls, voicemails and reminders detract from appreciating the little things and living in the present. Cell phones are a boon for work, but they are kryptonite for life. In pursuit of work-life balance,...

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Merrick Brock Attorneys Selected as 2022 Super Lawyers

Merrick Brock attorneys John Merrick and Les Brock have both been selected to the list of 2022 Super Lawyers as top rated personal injury attorneys in Virginia.  John and Les have been recognized by Super Lawyers for the last decade in various categories, including personal injury, business litigation, construction, civil litigation, and Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a peer designation awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state.  Each year, attorneys are ranked based on the Super Lawyers selection process, which takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors.  Only...

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Clients and Lawyers: Don’t Lose Sight of the Big Picture

“Don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees.” I confess that years ago I wasn’t sure what this advice really meant. In a nutshell, it means don’t miss the big picture by focusing solely on the details. This applies broadly to every profession and daily life but is particularly important for a trial attorney. Despite its simplicity, this old adage is easy to forget, because we tend to get wrapped up in details. I do anyway. I recently resolved a heavy case. My client faced four life sentences and trial was fast approaching. There were numerous witnesses, documents, videos,...

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Merrick Brock Files Action for Business Conspiracy and Tortious Interference With Contract Against Former Business Owner

Merrick Brock filed an action pending in the Henrico County Circuit Court, Case No. CL19-6133, asserting claims for breach of contract, piercing the corporate veil, tortious interference with contract, tortious interference with business expectancy, and business conspiracy. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire the assets of the defendant’s local Richmond business, including the business’ name, its existing client contracts, and its confidential client list.  As part of the agreement, the defendant agreed to a non-compete provision prohibiting the defendant from soliciting clients from the client list or competing in the Richmond area. ...

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