As a lawyer, I have represented clients in major arbitrations, mediated scores of cases, and negotiated and crafted creative settlements involving disputes ranging from the thousands to the billions of dollars. I’ve resolved cases involving from two parties to dozens, mass actions involving tens of thousands of claimants and class actions hundreds of thousands.
As a neutral, I will be joining the roster of the American Arbitration Association. I am also a hearing examiner for the DC Board of Professional Responsibility, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an incoming member of the DC Court of Appeals Mediation panel, the Co-Chair of ABA Judicial Division Lawyers Conference Special Masters Committee, the convener of the Working Group of members of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges, National Conference of State Trial Judges, Lawyers Conference, Litigation Section, Business Law Section, Dispute Resolution, Antitrust Section, Torts Trials and Insurance Practice Section and Intellectual Property Law Section to draft the ABA’s first official pronouncement (“black letter”) on the use of special masters and received the 2017 Civil Justice Award from the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters.View Resume
I’ve worked with Merril for more than 20 years. He brings a unique and valued perspective to dispute resolution. His wealth of complex litigation experience, detailed knowledge of the insurance industry, and longstanding relationships with plaintiffs’ counsel, defense counsel and insurance executives will greatly facilitate the resolution complex disputes in a fair and reasonable manner. You can be confident that your position will be evaluated carefully, thoroughly and with integrity, and if there is a way to settle on good terms, Merril will almost certainly find it.
Merril Hirsh worked with DC Appleseed pro bono on a project designed to make DC’s Attorney General more accountable to the public and make it an elected office. The project required careful analysis of a number of competing claims as well as the bringing together of a number of conflicting viewpoints. Merril was superb at both those undertakings and helped lead us to a really good outcome for the residents of DC.
I practiced law with Merril for more than 20 years. Among other things, he taught me how to take my very first deposition as a newly-minted attorney, and we worked together on complex litigation matters, from insurance coverage to patent and trademark disputes. Merril is one of the smartest people I know. He has an uncanny ability to identify all the nuances and angles of even the most complex matters, analyze them thoroughly, and explain them persuasively. Merril is someone who could pick up pretty much any case in any subject matter and figure it out very quickly.
Merril Hirsh is an organized and experienced litigator who gets things done! He has been chairing a special ABA Committee relating to Special Master appointments. I have worked with him on this project for the past 18 months. He is efficient and effective. He encourages others to work with him and with each other. These traits would make him an outstanding mediator, arbitrator or special master.
Merril Hirsh is the complete package. His deep and broad experience as a counselor and litigator, in advocating on behalf of clients and understanding their interests, complements his innate talent as an effective neutral. Add to all of that a superlative work ethic, creativity, and a passion for “getting to ‘yes.’” A lawyer and her or his client will be in excellent hands with Merril as the neutral.