Michael J. Merrick

Michael J. Merrick

Leveling The Playing Field For Employees

77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 4500
Chicago, IL 60601


About Me:

Michael J. Merrick

Michael J. Merrick founded Merrick Law Firm LLC in 2005. He has nearly 20 years of legal experience and his peers rate him as "AV/Preeminent," Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

After graduating with honors from law school, Mr. Merrick started his legal career by serving a two-year term as a federal judicial law clerk during which he learned first hand how federal judges and juries decide employment cases. He then spent eight years first as an associate attorney and later as a partner with a venerable Chicago law firm where he practiced labor and employment law representing both employers and employees, commercial litigation, and intellectual property law.

In 2003 Mr. Merrick became Of Counsel to a Chicago employment law boutique firm in order to focus his practice on exclusively representing employees in employment law matters. In 2005 he founded his own law firm, Merrick Law Firm LLC, to do one thing and to do it very well�aggressively and efficiently represent employees to enforce their workplace rights to the fullest extent of the law. Mr. Merrick has represented his many clients before local administrative agencies, the United States Supreme Court, and at every level in between.


J.D., cum laude, Creighton University School of Law, 1992

Assistant Editor, Creighton Law Review
American Jurisprudence Award for Highest Grade in Trial Practice
Highest Grade, Federal Courts
Highest Grade, Nonphysical Torts

B.A., University of Nebraska, 1988


United States Supreme Court, 1996
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1995
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1992
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar, 1995
United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, 1992
Illinois State Courts, 1995
Nebraska State Courts, 1992
All other state and federal courts nationwide on a pro hac vice (special permission) basis.


National Employment Lawyers Association

National Employment Lawyers Association, Illinois Chapter

American Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Nebraska State Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association


Law Clerk to Hon. Thomas D. Thalken, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, 1993-1995

Legal Writing Instructor, Creighton University School of Law, 1994-1995

Mr. Merrick also writes articles about employment law and practice and speaks at bar association meetings and other events. To inquire about enlisting Mr. Merrick to write an article or speak about employment law, send him an e-mail at


Mr. Merrick solves employment problems. He devotes 100% of his practice to representing employees involved in employment disputes. His practice includes counseling, negotiations, litigation, trials and appeals in all administrative agencies and state and federal courts.