Jeff Merrick

Jeff Merrick

  • Insurance Claims, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice...
  • Oregon
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Oregon Trial Attorney: 503-665-4234

I love the law, and I love helping people.

An Oregon civil litigation attorney since 1984, I have recovered millions of dollars for injured children and adults. In addition to personal injury cases, I help people who sue for legal malpractice, product liability, pedestrian & bicycle injuries, wrongful death and other reasons.

As of 2013, I stopped my employment law attorney practice. Now, I am strictly an impartial mediator for employer - employee disputes. For the first eight years of my law career, I represented and defended employers. For the past many years, I represented employees. Consequently, I feel particularly well qualified to mediate employer - employee disputes.

I limit my law practice to just a few clients at a time. This way, I control the quality of the work and the quality of the client relationship.

Testimonials at: http://www.jeffmerrick.com/testimonials

Most of my clients have never worked with a lawyer before. People call me because they are suffering from some trouble. I pride myself on being accessible: my clients phone me when they have questions, and I give them the time they need.

For more information, go to my website: http://www.jeffmerrick.com

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Claims
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
Additional Practice Areas
  • Brain Injury
  • Car Accidents
  • Insurance Bad Faith
Fees
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oregon
9th Circuit
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Education
Lewis & Clark Law School
LL.M.
Honors: with honors
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D.
Honors: with honors
Activities: Associate Editor of Minnesota Law Review
Stanford University
B.A. / Economics and Political Science
Professional Associations
Multnomah Bar Association
Member
Current
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
Oregon State Bar Association
Member
- Current
Certifications
Attorney at Law
Oregon State Bar
General Civil Mediator for Court Connected Mediation
Oregon Judicial Department
Court-Approved Mediator
U.S. District Court for Oregon
Websites & Blogs
Website
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Legal Answers
7 Questions Answered

Q. I was told to take 90 days off because i cashed a ck that was over our amout then told to take a class on gambling the
A: Dear Oregonian, An employer does not have to be correct when it decides to suspend or fire an employee; it only has to avoid illegal conduct. If the employer believes you did something it does not like, it can fire you, so long at it was not protected activity, such as complaining to OSHA about safety issues, filing a workers' compensation claim, objecting to sexual harassment, etc. If the real problem is a personality dispute with a coworker, then the employer can decide who it likes better, again, so long as it is not involve protected activity. Jeff Merrick, Oregon Trial Attorney Injury & Employment Law http://www.jeffmerrick.com The above is not legal advice. I cannot give you sound advice without knowing more information. It is intended to raise some issues for you to discuss with your own lawyer.
Q. I wkd at this co for 17+ years. I was fired over a policy in place for 1 month and was not warned.
A: Dear Fired, I just found your June posting. Here are the quick answers: 1. Oregon has strict time limits on when a person must be paid after termination. You might have had a claim. 2. If you have not asked for your personnel file, you should, and see what is in there. 3. You have time limits to make any claim. If you are late, then your claims are lost forever. 4. If you violated a policy that you knew about and that was lawful, and if they fire everyone who violates the policy, then you might not have much of a case. Unless there is some contract that requires a warning, then they do not have to give you a warning. 5. If the real reason for firing was something else, then the question is what was the real reason. if it is just you squealed on the boss for doing something that was not against the law, that does not sound like much of a case. But this answer is about worth what you paid for it - nothing. You might want to hire a lawyer to go through this in detail. 17 years is a long career. Jeff Merrick, Oregon Trial Attorney Injury & Employment Law http://www.jeffmerrick.com 503-665-4234 The above is not legal advice. I cannot give you sound advice without knowing more information. It is intended to raise some issues for you to discuss with your own lawyer.
Q. I was recently demoted and canot get an answere why. Is there anything I can do to fight this in court.
A: First, request your personnel file. You have a right to it. Next, try to figure out WHY the employer took this action against you. If because of performance, then no case. If for some illegal reason, then, maybe a case. Jeff Merrick, Oregon Trial Attorney Injury & Employment Law http://www.jeffmerrick.com 503-665-4234 The above is not legal advice. I cannot give you sound advice without knowing more information. It is intended to raise some issues for you to discuss with your own lawyer.
Q. I want to sue Jack in the Box Inc. for fail to give their employees proper rest and meal breaks everyday.how do i start?
A: One way is to contact the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Another way is to contact an attorney. Jeff Merrick, Oregon Trial Attorney Injury & Employment Law http://www.jeffmerrick.com 503-665-4234 The above is not legal advice. I cannot give you sound advice without knowing more information. It is intended to raise some issues for you to discuss with your own lawyer.
Q. Employee had a knee surgery have a medical leave collecting money from L and I but he is gambling until 3.am is that ok
A: The issue is this. Is the worker not telling the truth about his injury. Is he defrauding anyone? If he knee has a problem that prevents him from working, then who cares what he does sitting down, whether it is gambling, sleeping or watching T.V. Are his off-work activities inconsistent with the injuries he is claiming? Jeff Merrick, Oregon Trial Attorney Injury & Employment Law http://www.jeffmerrick.com 503-665-4234 The above is not legal advice. I cannot give you sound advice without knowing more information. It is intended to raise some issues for you to discuss with your own lawyer.
Q. Who's falt is it when you get hit from behind
A: It sure sounds like it was her fault, and you would have a claim for the dollar value of losses. You may contact me for further discussion. Jeff Merrick, Oregon Trial Attorney Injury & Employment Law http://www.jeffmerrick.com 503-665-4234 The above is not legal advice. I cannot give you sound advice without knowing more information. It is intended to raise some issues for you to discuss with your own lawyer.
Q. Legal assistant fired after refusing to preform illegal acts, legal assistant now being harassed by former boss?
A: In Oregon, there's a good chance that a firing in retaliation for refusing to perform illegal acts is, itself illegal. As to the harassment, call the police. Feel free to contact me. Jeff Merrick, Oregon Trial Attorney Injury & Employment Law http://www.jeffmerrick.com 503-665-4234 The above is not legal advice. I cannot give you sound advice without knowing more information. It is intended to raise some issues for you to discuss with your own lawyer.
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4800 SW Meadows Road
Suite 300
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
USA
Toll-Free: (800) 970-3527
Telephone: (503) 665-4234