Ann Merrill is Senior Counsel at the Firm’s Oakland/East Bay office. Ms. Merrill has represented landowners, developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in personal injury and construction defect suits arising from allegations of negligence, breach of contract, breach of express and implied warranty, and SB 800 claims.
Prior to her representation of her real estate and construction clients, Ms. Merrill specialized in creditor’s rights litigation. As a managing attorney for two collection firms, Ms. Merrill administered civil litigation for numerous cases filed throughout California on behalf of institutional creditors. Additionally, Ms. Merrill hired and trained the firm’s legal support staff and developed operating procedures for two branch offices. The first office processed over 2,000 civil collection cases per month resulting in $2 million in monthly collections. The second office generated the firm’s highest monthly revenue for a single branch office.
As a former Deputy District Attorney for El Dorado County, Ms. Merrill represented the State in the prosecution of DUI, domestic violence, and theft cases from the initial charging of the offense and arraignment to negotiating pleas and conducting jury trials. This experience provided her with an opportunity to develop courtroom skills in arguing motions before a judge, performing direct and cross-examination of witnesses, and presenting evidence before a jury.
- University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A.
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D.
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California