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Merrill Gordon | Oakland County Divorce & Family Law Lawyer

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Divorce & Family Law, Accident & Injury, Personal Injury, Car Accident, General Practice, Child Support, Child Custody, Custody and Visitation, Divorce, Alimony and Spousal Support, Family Law, Collaborative Law, Paternity, Prenuptual Agreements


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Merrill Gordon is an honest, aggressive, tough attorney with more than 35 years of experience in fighting for clients in divorce and family court proceedings along with all manners of civil actions, including personal catastrophic injuries, wrongful death claims, auto accidents, drunk driving representation, insurance coverage disputes, dog bites , slip-and-fall cases, medical malpractice and civil litigation matters.

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How did you build a successful practice?
By always being responsive to clients needs and effectively communicating with clients

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Some one who is tough, aggressive and puts their needs first, it is also important to look for someone who can effectively coomunicate with them

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
It is very important to have someone who knows the court, judges and court system well so that effective representation can be provided

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
I always provide information about the family law process and an evaluation of the facts of the clients particular case and my thoughts on a proposed plan of action

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
Any information the client wishes to share although the more information that I have the more targeted my response can be

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I am a sole practionar who can give all of my clients individual attention. I work extensively with divorce, custody, support and other family law cases so that my personal service to my clients us unmatched

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Helping clients navigate a difficult period of their life and seeing that they maintain personal relationships with their children and remain healthy financially following the conclusion of their case

What are your other interests in addition to law?
Bicycle riding, cross country skiing, hiking, and all forms of outdoor activity

Are you involved in your community?
I am involved in both my Temple and other community activities

Position Organization Location Duration
OwnerMerrill Gordon PCFarmington Hills, MI1984 - Present
School Degree Major Graduation
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolJD Law School1981  
Michigan State UniversityBachelor of ArtsJustin Morrell College1977
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Oakland County Bar Association1981
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan1981
Michigan1981
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2014 - Present
    Member, Wayne County Circuit Court Mediation Tribunal Association, 1983 - Present
    Member, State Bar of Michigan, 1981 - Present
    Member, Oakland County Bar Association
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2003-2015
    Client's Choice Award, Avvo, 2015
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31275 Northwestern Highway
Suite 145
Farmington, MI 48334
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Farmington, MI 48334


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