Experienced Courtroom Advocates
Richmond Business Litigation Lawyers
Who We Are
Craig Merritt and Braxton Hill are experienced trial lawyers. We have represented a broad range of clients in hundreds of trials and dozens of appeals conducted at every level of the Virginia and United States federal court systems.
What We Do
We handle trials and appeals in state and federal courts, with a focus on:
- complex civil litigation;
- high-stakes business disputes;
- trademark, trade secret and patent enforcement;
- defamation and media-related claims;
- lawyers’ professional liability;
- white collar criminal defense and government investigations; and
- service as a neutral in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
Our objectives are to be capable, responsive, and efficient. Before we are engaged, we conduct a confidential preliminary assessment of the engagement with the prospective individual client or the business client’s key decision makers. We discuss available options to resolve your litigation problem. Should you choose to engage the firm, we define the scope of our engagement clearly then work to monitor the status of our work and evaluate key decisions.
We expect to work closely with each client throughout the course of our engagement. We have relationships with lawyers around the country who can team with us, and assist with research or other targeted problems as needed. We strive to maintain a paper-free environment and work on the cloud. We use outside vendors to manage large document reviews and productions.
Fees and arrangements for payment are based on our assessment of the risks of the case, the demands on our time, the level of expertise required, the resources of the adversary, and the anticipated duration of the matter. We work with clients on both hourly and non-hourly fee bases.
Where We Practice
We are admitted to practice in every state and federal court in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Our offices in downtown Richmond are steps from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit of Virginia, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Court of Appeals of Virginia, and the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond.
Individuals and businesses sometimes face high-dollar, high-risk problems that require resolution through trial, appeal, or alternative dispute resolution. Merritt Law, PLLC focuses on (1) the accurate assessment of risks presented by your case, (2) the development of strategies, in collaboration with you, aimed at the specific problems presented by the case, and (3) the efficient, cost-effective conduct of proceedings before courts or ADR tribunals.
Most cases, even many high-exposure disputes, do not require an army of lawyers. By focusing on the tasks essential to preparing for trial, leveraging technology, and applying client resources to the critical issues, we seek to optimize results and drive value.
With its office in downtown Richmond, MerrittHill is steps away from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Virginia Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond.