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Attorney John Merchant

John B. Merchant, III

John is a native of Maine, where he was raised to appreciate the value of hard work and the importance of faith. When he was in high school, he served as both the Student Council President and the President of the National Honor Society. He also actively participated in three varsity sports.

John's passion for academics paid off by earning him an academic scholarship, which he went on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Maine in Orono. After graduation, John taught high school history for three years prior to attending law school at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

While at the University of Florida in Gainesville, John actively participated in moot court where he argued before a panel of judges from the Eleventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals.

Graduating near the top of his class in law school, John went on to accept a position at Troutman Sanders, LLP, an international law firm in Atlanta. There, he litigated large environmental claims, product liability cases, and premises liability cases. Additionally, he worked on numerous complex commercial, tax, and class action litigation cases.

A number of years later, he accepted a position with the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, which is one of the largest law firms in the nation. While at the firm he represented drug and medical device companies, insurance companies, product manufacturers, and hospitals in serious personal injury cases. The firm is renowned for being one of the largest and most successful civil defense firms in the United States.

The years that John spent has a defense lawyer has given him invaluable experience and insight into precisely how large insurance companies and corporations challenge catastrophic injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

After defending large insurance companies and corporations, John realized his passion for helping those individuals and their families that have been injured or harmed by the negligence of other individuals or entities. John is in a unique position as an attorney at The Merchant Law Firm because he began his legal career defending complex injury cases for large corporations and insurance companies.

John's unique experience affords him the ability to effectively go up against large corporations and insurance companies because he knows exactly how such corporations think and act. This insight into the competition allows him to be two steps ahead of them all times, which greatly benefits his personal injury clients. His past defense experience not only gives him a high level of credibility, but it also makes him a formidable adversary at the negotiating table and in the courtroom when pursing maximum financial recovery for his clients.

In addition to his academic and career accomplishments, John has volunteered his time for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation where he assisted individuals in various legal matters including landlord/tenant disputes and small business disputes.

Attorney John Merchant, III had the honor of landing on Georgia's list of Rising Stars℠ by Super Lawyers® magazine. Super Lawyers® is one of the most respected attorney rating services in the nation. Each year Super Lawyers® evaluates candidates based on several indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The goal of Super Lawyers® is to create a reliable and credible list of the most outstanding attorneys in each state. The list is published on an annual, state-by-state basis and is used by lawyers, courts, law school libraries and consumers across the nation. While up to 5 percent of attorneys are listed as Super Lawyers®, not more than 2.5 percent of attorneys are given the honor of being selected as a Rising Star℠. John resides in Marietta, Georgia with his wife Ashleigh and their two daughters.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • Middle District of Georgia
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Enlist our legal services to receive aggressive defense on your behalf. Contact The Merchant Law Firm today!

Why You Should Entrust Our Firm:

  • Respected Legal Commentator

    Ashleigh Merchant is frequently featured on local and national news media, where she is asked to share her commentary on major cases.

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Ashleigh Merchant

    Included in the 2014 Georgia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ edition. This list is compiled after thorough peer reviews and nominations.

  • Repeat Rising Star Winner, John B. Merchant

    Named among the Georgia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ for 2009 through 2011. The list includes 2.5% of attorneys in the state.

  • Earned "Superb" Ratings on Avvo - 10.0

    Both our attorneys have earned the prestigious 10.0 Superb score on Avvo, which is the highest rating an attorney can receive.

Former Client Testimonials

  • “Ms. Merchant was fierce when she argued my case...”

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  • “Ashleigh is a top appeal attorney...”

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  • “Ashleigh is easy to talk to and compassionate, she treats you like a personal friend...”

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  • “I will definitely be providing great reviews as well as referring anyone who may ever need help in this area of problems...”

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  • “Ms. Merchant always made me feel like my case was a priority for her...”

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  • “Sending a thank you to Ashleigh...”

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  • “Ashleigh was instrumental in helping me settle and dismiss my charges...”

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  • “Merchant Law Firm are so easy to talk to and they always answer my questions...”

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  • “She successfully helped me avoid jail and a DUI charge...”

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  • “She was an aggressive advocate for my case...”

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  • “Jennifer and Ashleigh were always there to listen to my concerns and genuinely cared about my son and his case...”

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