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  • Clifford R Mermell
  • David Pacheco
Clifford R. Mermell, Florida Bar Board Certified Workers' Compensation Lawyer

Clifford R. Mermell, Esq.

Attorney at Law

8603 South Dixie Highway, Suite 205
Miami, Florida 33143

Phone 305-595-3350
Facsimile305-595-6996
Emailcmermellatgmpcomplaw.com

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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Biography

Areas of Practice

  • Defense Base Act
  • Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act
  • Florida Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Jones Act
  • Admiralty/Maritime Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Retaliatory Discharge Claims
  • Social Security Disability Claims

Certification / Specialties

  • Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation Law, Florida Bar, Since 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, 1989
    Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1985
    Bachelor of Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Workers’ Advocates, March 1, 1993 – Present
  • Friends of 440, March 1, 1990 – Present. Current Treasurer
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association

Languages

  • English (Primary)
  • Spanish

 


Clifford R. Mermell, Esq., created the law firm of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. on March 1, 1996, over 14 years ago. Mr. Mermell has been the senior and managing partner of the firm since its creation. The firm was created to champion the rights of injured workers.

Mr. Mermell, has been handling the claims of injured workers under the Defense Base Act and the Longshore & Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act for the past 20 years. Mr. Mermell has represented more than 1,000 injured workers under the Defense Base Act and/or the Longshore Act and has handled those cases at every level of appeal up to the Supreme Court of United States of America. Mr. Mermell has successfully handled those claims before the Office of Worker’s Compensation Programs (OWCP), Jacksonville Office, the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), the Benefits Review Board (BRB) and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Mr. Mermell has a 100% success rate at the level of the Benefits Review Board and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Mr. Mermell was trained by Donald D. Gillis, Esq., who had over 35 years of experience in handling claims under the Defense Base Act and/or the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compnesation Act, prior to his passing in 2004. Mr. Mermell has been invited to speak as an expert in the area of the Defense Base Act and/or the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Law at several educational conferences.

Mr. Mermell has also protected the rights of injured workers under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act. He is Florida Bar Board Certified in that area and has been so certified since 1995. He has handled the claims of over 1,000 injured workers under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act and has handled those claims successfully at every level, including appeals to the First District Court of Appeals. Mr. Mermell has been a member of the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section since 1989. Mr. Mermell has been a member of the Florida Workers’ Advocates since 1994. The Florida Workers’ Advocates is a politically active group of Claimants’ lawyers who are devoted to protecting the rights of injured workers. Mr. Mermell has been a trustee of the Friends of 440 organization since 1994, and was the treasurer of that organization from 2006 – 2009. The Friends of 440 is an organization consisting of lawyers, judges, doctors and para-professionals devoted to the field of worker’s compensation law. The organization coordinates social and educational events for the worker’s compensation bar. The organization also donates substantial resources and money to its sister organization called the Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund, which was created to provide educational scholarships to the children of injured workers. Mr. Mermell has been invited to speak as an expert in the area of Florida Workers’ Compensation Law at several educational conferences.

Mr. Mermell graduated from the University of Colorado obtaining his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1985. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in 1989. Mr. Mermell has been admitted to practice in all courts in Florida , including the Supreme Court of Florida, since 1989. Mr. Mermell is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Mr. Mermell has devoted his entire professional life to the representation of injured workers. He has handled the claims of injured workers in more than 2,000 cases. He has taken the claims of injured workers to trial in over 150 cases. He has represented injured workers in more than 850 mediations. He has handled every type of injury imaginable, including death cases, amputation cases, brain injury cases, head injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, eye injuries, mouth injuries, nose injuries, shoulder injuries, elbow injuries, hand injuries, knee injuries and foot injuries. He has handled the claims of injured workers at each and every level from the investigation phase through trial and appeals. He has a reputation of refusing to back down. He will take a case through trial and appeals and will never give up in his will to obtain the benefits to which he believes his clients are entitled. As a Florida Bar Board Certified Workers’ Compensation lawyer, Mr. Mermell is recognized by Judges and his peers as an expert in the area of Workers’ Compensation law.

Mr. Mermell is completely fluent in English and Spanish.


David Pacheco, Miami Florida Lawyer

David Pacheco, Esq.

Attorney At Law

8603 South Dixie Highway, Suite 205
Miami, Florida 33143

Phone 305-595-3350
Facsimile305-595-6996
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Biography

Areas of Practice

  • Defense Base Act
  • Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Florida Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Personal Injury Law

Education

  • Nova Southeastern Law University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1997
    J.D.
  • Florida International University, 1994
    B.A.
    Major: Political Science
    Major: Psychology

Languages

  • English (Primary)
  • Spanish

 


David Pacheco, Esq., has been handling the claims of injured workers under the Defense Base Act and/or the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act for the past 10 years. During that time, Mr. Pacheco has also been representing injured workers under the Florida Workers’ Compensation laws. During the past 10 years, Mr. Pacheco has represented injured workers at more then 800 depositions and more than 800 mediations. He has become very experienced and extremely successful at the art of mediation, often obtaining results that far surpass his clients’ expectations. He has the gift of finding a diamond in the rough at mediation.

Mr. Pacheco began with the Law Firm of Gillis & Mermell, P.A. directly out of law school. After seven years of devotion and dedication to his work in the representation of injured workers, he was made partner and the firm changed its name to Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. in 2004. Mr. Pacheco graduated from Florida International University with a double degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, in 1994. Mr. Pacheco graduated from the Nova Southeastern University law school with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1997. While attending law school at Nova Southeastern University, Mr. Pacheco took a special interest in mediation and assisted as a mediator in over 200 Broward county restitution cases from 1995-1997. Mr. Pacheco has been invited to be a speaker on the topic of Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Law at several educational conferences.

Mr. Pacheco is completely bilingual in English and Spanish.

 

 

 

 

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