Spencer Merk

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Newport, Kentucky

Merk & Gile, Injury Attorneys
Spencer Merk
Merk & Gile, Injury Attorneys

Practice Areas: Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Kentucky since: 2015

Education: Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2020 - 2024
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Merk & Gile, Injury Attorneys

639 Washington Avenue
Newport, KY 41071 Visit website


Attorney Spencer Merk is a founding partner with the Merk & Gile, PLC, law firm in Newport, Kentucky. A top-rated trial attorney with more than eight years of legal experience, Mr. Merk currently focuses his practice primarily on personal injury law; however, he has extensive experience with criminal defense as well.

Whether representing clients with their personal injury or criminal law matters, Mr. Merk provides outstanding, customized counsel and support as he works hard to protect his clients' rights and interests throughout all legal proceedings. Over the course of his career, he has earned a reputation for the personalized attention he gives to each case he handles, and he has achieved a long record of success both at trial and during negotiations.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Mr. Merk has received numerous accolades from his peers along with many positive review and referrals from his satisfied clients. While in law school, he worked as a Limited Licensed Intern with the Kenton County and Jefferson County Attorney's Offices, a Law Clerk for a Superior Court Judge in Indiana, and he served as Public Defender in Hamilton County. All of these experiences provided him with a wealth of knowledge and insight into the area's legal system, making him all the more effective at fighting for those he serves.

A 2011 cum laude graduate of the University of Kentucky, Mr. Merk obtained his Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2014, where he was a Dean's List scholar and recipient of the Judge Ronald Panioto Scholarship. He is licensed to practice in Ohio and Kentucky as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the Southern District of Ohio.

Active in his legal community, he is a member of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Southwest Ohio Trial Lawyers Association, and the Ohio Association for Justice, among his other professional affiliations. He also serves on the Board of the NKBA Gateway committee, the board of the Wallace Woods Neighborhood Association, the NKBA Career and Client Development Board, and is a Mentor for young inner-city students around Northern Kentucky.  

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff

  • 100% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2014, Kentucky

Professional Webpage: https://www.merkandgilelaw.com/about/spencer-merk/

  • 40 Under 40 , The National Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers welcomed me as one of the Top 40 Under 40 organization for 2019. This award is given to a select 40 Civil Plaintiff's attorneys in Kentucky that are under the age of 40. This is a prestigious award and it is an honor to be apart of such a fine selection of attorneys, 2019
  • Dean's List, Continuously placed on the Dean's List for his outstanding academic performance, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 2011
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Worked with the blind in assisting them with everyday tasks through Be my Eyes, 2019
  • Served on the Wallace Woods Neighborhood association and helped run the Great American Clean up to clean over 40 bags of trash up around Covington. Additionally, I served as the chair of the Beautification committee to help promote a clean neighborhood with flowers and other banners to beautify Covington. , 2023
  • Mentored a young high school student in the community who is underprivileged and helped him get a license, social security card, a bank account, and a job. We are hopeful that he will become an electrician in the Union. , 2023
  • Working on the Board of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association's Gateway Committee to help young law students network with practicing attorneys in the area. , 2022
  • Working as a Mentor with Covington Partners to mentor local inner-city children. I meet with a student throught the month to work on bettering their life and their future. , 2022
  • Started a neighborhood beautification group to help keep a nearby neighborhood free of trash and rubble. , 2021
  • Worked with Meals on Wheels in Cincinnati to deliver meals to those in need who were vulnerable during the pandemic., 2020
  • Worked with underprivileged members in the community to offer 70 hours of pro bono representation, 2018
  • Provided over 50 hours of pro bono legal assistance to the underprivileged members of my community, 2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Louisville Bar Association, Member
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Member
  • Kentucky
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Member
  • State of Ohio Bar, 2014
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky Bar, 2015
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 2017
  • United State District Court of the Southern District of Ohio, 2015
Educational Background:
  • University Of Kentucky, B.A., Marketing, 2011 - Cum Laude
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $100,000 Limits settlement for a woman who fractured her foot in a motor vehicle accident. , 2020
  • $875,000 for a back surgery of an elderly lady struck by a semi truck. , 2023
  • 300,000 settlement for an passenger in his son's vehicle who passed away from his injuries after a T-bone impact. , 2023
  • $250,000 settlement for a motorcycle accident with a broken leg that required surgery. , 2023
  • $200,000 settlement for a gentleman who had a herniated disk from a motor vehicle accident. , 2021
  • $260,000 for a gentleman involved in a truck accident who sustained serious injuries, 2017
  • $100,000 limit settlement for young woman who was scalped in a motor vehicle accident after only being offered $27,000 on her own., 2020
  • $150,000 settlement for an elderly lady who shattered her elbow and broke her ankle in a head-on collision, 2018
  • $97,731 settlement for a minor who needed lip surgery due to a motor vehicle accident, 2018
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Elected to the Executive Board of Wallace Woods Neighborhood Association, 2021
  • Elected as the Treasurer of the Gateway Committee which helps bridge the gap for law students to find jobs and network in the community. , 2021

Office location for Spencer Merk

639 Washington Avenue
Newport, KY 41071

Phone: 513-548-5693


5 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2020 - 2024

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