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Merting, John W.

Harbourtown - Suite 39913 Gulf Breeze ParkwayGulf Breeze, FL 32561
Phones: 850-733-8997
866-416-4412
Fax: 850-916-9787
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A Pensacola native, John W. Merting has been in practice in the Pensacola area continuously since 1968.  He has decades of experience in Admiralty and Maritime claims, as well as serious personal injury, wrongful death, and workers' compensation matters.  Mr. Merting has been appointed as a Mediator by Federal Judges, and he has been selected to mediate numerous complex maritime matters in his areas of expertise by attorneys in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and throughout Florida...

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A Pensacola native, John W. Merting has been in practice in the Pensacola area continuously since 1968.  He has decades of experience in Admiralty and Maritime claims, as well as serious personal injury, wrongful death, and workers' compensation matters.  Mr. Merting has been appointed as a Mediator by Federal Judges, and he has been selected to mediate numerous complex maritime matters in his areas of expertise by attorneys in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and throughout Florida.

A three-time Director of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Mr. Merting was elected Chairman for 2005, and is only the second plaintiff's lawyer to serve in this capacity in the Institute's 40 year history.  Mr. Merting served as Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute in which council is composed of all of the former chairmen of the Institute.  His experience and reputation help each case get resolved in the most efficient manner possible.

Mr. Merting has been named as a Florida Super Lawyer for multiple years.  He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association, and the Academy of Trial Advocacy.  All three professional organizations are limited to the premier trial attorneys in the country.  Membership in all three is limited to the nation's top trial lawyers, and is by invitation only.

Mr. Merting holds the highest possible rating, A/V, from Martindale-Hubbell®, the nation's foremost attorney rating organization, and is listed in the national publication, Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers.  Mr. Merting has been a Sustaining Member of both the Florida Justice Association and the American Association for Justice for many years.

Mr. Merting has obtained recoveries for his clients for $5.4 Million plus $2 Million of maintenance and cure benefits, $3+ Million, $2.375 Million, $1.45 Million, and $1+ Million, in addition to a great many other six figure recoveries.

 

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Current Employment Position(s)
Sole Practitioner since 1968
Practice Areas
Admiralty & Maritime LawTraumatic/Anoxic Brain InjuriesOffshore/Oil Rig/Supply Boat InjuriesBack and Spinal Cord InjuriesJones Act/Unseaworthiness ClaimsSeaman's ClaimsRecreational Boating/Diving Injuries/Personal Watercraft ClaimsWorkers' Compensation/On-the-Job InjuriesCareer-Ending InjuriesCatastrophic Personal InjuriesWrongful DeathYacht AccidentsCruise Ship AssaultsCruise Ship InjuriesTug Boat & Barge AccidentsCommercial Fishing InjuriesShipyard, Dock & Pier AccidentsPassenger InjuriesTruck AccidentsMediationLongshore Claims
Representative Clients
Pensacola Yacht Club
Qualifications
Bar Admissions
Florida, 1968U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1969Supreme Court of Colorado, 1992
Specialties and Certifications
Board Certified Admiralty and Maritime Law Attorney, , State Bar of Florida, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016
Other Affiliations
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Brain Injury Trial Lawyers AssociationThe Florida Bar, Sections on Trial Lawyers (Member, Admiralty Committee) American Association for Justice (Stalwart Member; Sustaining Member) American Association for Justice, Admiralty Law and Federal Tort Claim Sections (Member) Florida Justice Association (formerly Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), 1976 - Present (Sustaining Member) Academy of Trial Advocacy (formerly Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys) (Member) Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Director, 1985-1987, 1989-1997; Treasurer, 2002; Secretary, 2003; Vice Chairman, 2004; Chairman, 2005Maritime Law Association of United States, 1989 - Present (Proctor in Admiralty) Escambia/ Santa Rosa Bar Associations, Member, Past Chairmain-- Inter-Professional Relations CommitteeFiesta of Five Flags (Member, Board of Governors, 2005 - 2012) Pensacola Community Maritime Park, 2005 - Present (Trustee) Pensacola Yacht Club, 1970 - Present (Fleet Counsel - Honorary Life Member) The Propeller Club of the United States, 2005 - 2013 (Bay Area Port of Historic Pensacola, Board of Governors )
Honors
Florida Super Lawyers - 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016Recipient, The Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award - 2000Who's Who in the World - 1984Who's Who in American Law - 1983Who's Who in Florida - 1982Outstanding Young Men of America - 1979
Education
University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1970
J.D.
University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1968
LL.B.
Honors: Editor, Virginia Law Weekly, 1967-1968
Honors: Student Delegate, American Bar Association, Honolulu, 1967
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1965
A.B.
Honors: cum laude
Honors: Rhodes Scholar nominee, 1964
Honors: Student Body President, 1964-1965
Honors: Florida State Gold Key
Honors: White House Conference for Distinguished Students, 1964
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa - National Scholarship Society
Fraternities and Sororities
Phi Beta KappaPhi Kappa PhiOmicron Delta KappaLambda Chi Alpha
References
References
Coastal Bank and Trust (formerly Bank of Pensacola)
Fees
Offers Free Initial Consultation
Articles
Published Works
Cross-Examination of Medical Experts, Handling Accident Cases, Albert Averbach, Supplement, 1993Update on Handling Federal Tort Claims, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Breckenridge, Colorado, 1994Structured Settlements, Annual Seminar, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Savannah, Georgia, 1995Admiralty Law and Marine Insurance Consideration for Plaintiff Attorneys, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Seminar, 1997Boat Insurance - A Checklist, Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association, Pensacola, Florida, 2000Admiralty Law Considerations for Personal Injury Attorneys, National Internet CLE, Celesq, Inc., 2000 to dateFederal Tort Claims Act Practice and Procedure, National Internet CLE, Celesq, Inc., 2000 to dateMaritime Law Update, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 2001Maritime Insurance - A Checklist and Other Legal Issues, Pensacola Yacht Club, Pensacola, FL, 2001Maritime Insurance - A Checklist and Other Legal Issues, Fort Walton Power Squadron, 2002Medicare Set-Asides - What You Must Know Before You Settle, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Annual Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, 2003Maritime Insurance - A Checklist and Other Legal Issues, Pensacola Power Squadron, 2003Limiting Your Liability as a Surveyor in the High Seas of Litigation With Suggestions on Today's Marine Insurance Market that will be Value for all Boat Owners, Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) Regional Meeting, Panama City Beach, Florida, 2003Personal Injury Medicare Set-Aside Requirements: What You Must Know (And Do) Before You Settle, American Association for Justice (formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Toronto, Canada, 2005Navigating in the Treacherous Waters of Medicare Liens (Secondary Payer Issues) and Medicare Set-Asides in Maritime Claims, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Annual Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2009Navigating in the Treacherous Waters of Medicare Liens (Secondary Payer Issues) and Medicare Set-Asides, Sterling Education Services Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar, Pensacola, Florida, 2010Navigating in the Swill of the BP Spill of Medicare Liens (Secondary Payer Issues) and Medicare Set-Asides in Maritime Liability Claims, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Annual Seminar, Charleston, South Carolina, 2010Medicare Set-Asides in Liability Cases from the Perspective of a Plaintiff's Attorney, Tulane Law School's Admiralty Law Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2011Boating Accidents: A Personal Injury Primer, National Business Institute, Teleconference, 2013Representing the Brain Injured Client from the Perspective of a Plaintiff’s Attorney, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Annual Seminar, Port Clear, Alabama, 2015
Office Information
Address
Harbourtown - Suite 39913 Gulf Breeze ParkwayGulf Breeze, FL 32561
Office Hours
8:30AM - 5PM M-Thur; 8:30AM - 3PM Fri
Phone
850-733-8997866-416-4412
Fax
850-916-9787
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