About Me

As a civil litigation attorney since 1984, I understand the alternatives to settlement, and I have participated in hundreds of negotiations and mediations as an attorney and as a mediator.  The mediations ranged from small, two-party negotiations to a very complicated case involving over 200 parties.

Mediators differ in approach, skill and results.  In 2011, I decided to study, train and work as a mediator.  I stopped practicing law in 2016 to serve only as a professional mediator.

Below are sections summarizing my mediation practice, attorney practice, education, publications and presentations.

Mediation Practice

Merrick Mediation (2012 to date).

I serve on the following mediator panels:

  • American Arbitration Association
  • United Stated District Court for Oregon
  • Oregon State Court General Civil Mediator
  • Oregon Patient Safety Commission (addressing adverse health incidents / allegations of medical malpractice)

I mediate disputes in the following subject matters, among others:

  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Malpractice: Dental, Medical, Legal and other
  • Contract disputes
  • Construction Law disputes
  • Landlord-Tenant, both residential and commercial
  • Creditor-Debtor
  • Premises Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Civil Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Homeowners Association vs. Owners vs. Management
  • Crime victim claims
  • Injuries to children
  • Pre-lawsuit negotiations

Attorney Practice

1984-85 – Oregon Department of Justice, Honors Attorney in the Trial Division.  Defended the State of Oregon from lawsuits in Personal Injury, Civil Rights / Employment Law and other civil litigation.

1985-1992 – Defense practice in Employment Law, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Challenging Governmental Actions and other civil litigation. (Miller-Nash; Allen, Kilmer, Schrader, Yazbeck & Chenoweth)

1992- 2015 – Plaintiff practice in complex civil litigation, including Personal Injury, Employment Law, Product Liability, Legal Malpractice, Civil Rights, and other civil litigation. (Williams & Troutwine; Williams, Merrick, Dailey, O’Leary; Jeff Merrick, P.C.)

Education

Stanford University, BA, Economics & Political Science in 1980
University of Minnesota School of Law, JD with honors in 1984
Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, LLM with honors in 2004

My articles related to Mediation

– Jeff Merrick, A Conversation with Jacqueline Abel on Small Claims Mediation, Oregon State Bar Bulletin (Aug. / Sept., 2015)

– Jeff Merrick, Deception in Negotiation and Mediation: Where’s the line?, Trial Lawyer (Winter, 2015)

–  Jeff Merrick, Judge Acosta Discusses Mediation, Multnomah Lawyer, June 2012.

–  Letter from Jeff Merrick, Article Was “Spot On,” Oregon State Bar Bulletin, April 2012 (re Elden Rosenthal’s “Second Thoughts on Mediation”)

My presentations related to mediation

Trial Attorney to Mediator: What I wish I knew Then

November 7, 2016 to OTLA Employment Law Section (1 hour).

Pre-Mediation Checklist and Mediation Tactics

April 24, 2014 to Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Motor Vehicles Section (1 hour).

Deception in Mediation & Negotiation
March 23, 2017 to 23rd Annual NW Dispute Resolution  Conference, U of Washington Law School (1 hour) December 14, 2012 to Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt (1 hour)
December 7, 2012 to Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (1 hour)
September 19, 2012 to Multnomah Bar Association (2 hours)

Mediation Courses / Training

June 23, 2017: Five Star Facilitation presented by Kon Damas and sponsored by Oregon Mediation Association  (6 hours)

August 19, 2016:  “Trauma Informed Mediation,” presented by Rebecca Bloomfield and sponsored by Multnomah County Court (3 hours). Topic summarized here.

March 10, 2016:  “Clean Language” for Mediators, sponsored by Multnomah County Court  (1.5 hours).  Topic summarized here.

September 23, 2015:  Bias and Impartial Regard, sponsored by Clackamas County Resolution Services (2 hours, ethics).

December 4, 2014:  “It’s the Principle of the Thing” by Molly Keating, sponsored by Multnomah County Court (2 hours).

November 7, 2014:  Oregon Mediation Association Fall Conference.

June 23 – 24, 2014: Adverse Healthcare Incident Mediation Training, sponsored by Oregon Patient Safety Commission and Oregon Mediation Association (16 hours).

June 5 and 12, 2014:  Eight hour training for Court-Certified Mediators in Multnomah County.

February 11 and 25, 2013:  Community Mediation Training,  sponsored by Clackamas County Resolution Services (6 hours)

February 13, 2013: Working with Interpreters, sponsored by Clackamas County Resolution Services (1.5 hours)

November 2-3 , 2012: Oregon Mediation Association Annual Conference, 6.5 hours of seminars in several topics.

March 28 through April 1, 2012:  Mediation Intensive Training Program (40-hour course), The Center for Understanding in Conflict/ Center for Mediation in Law, Marin County, California.

March 9, 2012 : Impasse-Breaking & Ethics; Tips, Tricks, Traps & Tools, sponsored by Oregon Mediation Association and Oregon State Bar ADR Section (6 hours)

February 15, 2012: Oregon Judicial Department Court-Connected Mediation Training, sponsored by Clackamas County Resolution Services  (8 hours.

2011: Continuing Education: An Attorney / Mediator’s Perspective on ADR, sponsored by Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (1 hour)

2003: Law School Course: Environmental Mediation and Negotiation (full semester), Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College