Mr. Merkel graduated from the University of Florida with Honors in 1972 and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida in 1974. At the University of Florida, Mr. Merkel was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa and Florida Blue Key.
After earning his Juris Doctorate degree and being admitted to the Florida Bar in 1974, Mr. Merkel served as the Director of the Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society from 1974 to 1976. A frequent lecturer on coverage issues for various insurance and other professional groups, Mr. Merkel has extensive experience in insurance coverage issues and concentrates his practice in premises, automobile, trucking, products liability and toxic torts litigation.
Mr. Merkel won the 1999 Landlord/Tenant award from the Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society and is a member of the University of Florida Law School Board of Trustees.
He is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, past chairman of the Lawyer's Referral Committee, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and is admitted to the General and Trial Bars of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Mr. Merkel maintains his CLE requirements in the areas of personal injury and received his Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating. He has been with Adams | Coogler, P.A. since 1976, becoming a named shareholder in 1980