Married to Thomas & Pearl co-founder, the late Robert Thomas, Merrill was instrumental in opening the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach offices for the firm, before transitioning over from a career as a Certified Medical Assistant and becoming the firm’s invaluable Administrator in 1979.
In addition to teaming with support staff and attorneys alike to keep our entire operation running smoothly and efficiently for over thirty years now, Merrill’s prior professional experience in Orthopedics has been an extremely useful asset for an Injury Law firm like ours.
Before beginning her professional career, Merrill attended Broward College and received an Associate in Science degree as a Medical Assistant; then earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from Nova Southeastern University.
Merrill spearheads the community involvement activities of Thomas and Pearl, including an annual “Back To School Supplies” purchasing program for underprivileged youth in our area, and an annual Christmas Toy Drive for local foster children.
Merrill has also been extremely giving of her time and energy in personal life, serving as president of the Cystic Fibrosis Gold Coast Guild for two years, and earning the prestigious President’s Award in 2000 – then again in 2010.
Merrill also remains an active board member of 1000+ Club to Benefit Cancer; a lifetime member of Kids in Distress; and a member of Pinion for Special Olympics, and Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk Trust. It is this level of volunteerism and “giving back” to the community that led to her receiving the Volunteer Service Award in 2005 – and to her being voted Woman Of The Year in 2012.
Merrill has two daughters, Lisa and Lauren; and in addition to enjoying her time with them, counts cycling as her favorite recreational/exercise activity.
- Our forty years of experience in successfully navigating Florida’s state, county and municipal legal and judicial systems.
- Our versatility in having handled every imaginable kind of personal injury or accident case, plus Labor Law cases, Social Security Disability cases; and now, Criminal Law cases as well.
- Our integrity & tenacity in dealing with police departments, health care institutions and providers, insurance companies and their high-priced lawyers, employers and their lawyers.
- Our teamwork, featuring attorneys and support staff working in tight-knit tandem – not only with one another, but also with every client, listening and communicating clearly, throughout every stage of the legal process.