Merritt’s professional background is a diverse combination ranging from complex business litigation to child protection and family law matters in both public and private sectors at various points in her career. Her years as a commercial litigator in federal courts, as a law clerk for federal judges, Chief Counsel for the Arizona Attorney General’s office child Protective Services Section, family law and mediation experience gives her a unique ability to maneuver high-stakes and emotional litigation. Merritt is equally comfortable in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, and often encourages problem solving and solution oriented approaches to move individuals and families successfully through the legal process.
Merritt is a skilled litigator and has great perspective and insights on families experiencing transition and conflict through her early experiences in the filed of psychology, child protection work, serving as a GAL in domestic relations court and mediating divorce with a child centered approach. Merritt is a passionate advocate for her clients, working hard to obtain amicable resolutions whenever possible, but prepared to try cases in court when necessary.
Merritt views her role as an attorney to resolve immediate issues with long term planning for the future considering the best interests of the family going forward particularly where children are involved. Merritt understands that family law issues have an emotional component, as well as legal, and is known for her compassionate and pragmatic approach to problem solving, as well as her passionate advocacy in court.