Attorney Merricks began his legal career as an insurance defense attorney with the law firm of Smalbein, Johnson, Rosier, Bussey, Rooney, and Ebbets. Having learned how insurance companies evaluate claims, Attorney Merricks exclusively represents plaintiffs in the areas of personal injury litigation, automobile accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse. He has successfully handled thousands of cases in his 30+ years as a trial attorney.
Mr. Merricks is a member in good standing with the Florida Bar, The Florida Justice Association (formerly The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), and the American Association for Justice, (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). Mr. Merricks is admitted to practice before all state courts in Florida as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Claims. Mr. Merricks is honors graduate from the University of Florida and Mississippi College School of Law
Mr. Hingson is a 1996 Honors graduate from the University of Florida. While at UF, he served as a member of the Florida Cicerones (UF’s Official Student Ambassadors), he was as an active member and officer in Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, and he was inducted into Florida Blue Key (the State of Florida’s oldest and most prestigious collegiate leadership honorary). Mr. Hingson attended Mississippi College School of Law, where he was elected Chief Justice of the Honor Court and was an award-winning member of the school’s Moot Court Team. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mississippi College School of Law in 2000.
Mr. Hingson served the bulk of the first decade of his career as an Assistant State Attorney at the State Attorney’s Office in the Eighth and Third Judicial Circuits in North Central Florida. Mr. Hingson prosecuted thousands of cases as a Prosecutor including juvenile cases, misdemeanors, criminal traffic cases, and felonies. In his last 5 years with the State Attorney’s Office, Mr. Hingson served as a Division Chief, with primary responsibility for handling Special Prosecution cases, including homicides, child sex offenses, and sexual batteries. Mr. Hingson obtained a 94% jury trial conviction rate as a Prosecutor.
Mr. Hingson served four years as an Officer in the Third Judicial Circuit Bar Association, culminating with his term as President in 2008-09. In 2009, Mr. Hingson transitioned to a career in civil litigation. Since, he has exclusively represented Plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases. As a Plaintiff’s civil litigation attorney, Mr. Hingson has been involved in the successful resolution of cases for clients resulting in six and seven-figure settlements. He has also tried civil cases involving serious injury and death before a jury. Mr. Hingson is a member of the Bar in Florida, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.