Edward (Ted) P. Connell, Jr.

Top rated personal injury attorney in Clarksdale, Mississippi

Merkel & Cocke, P.A.
Edward (Ted) P. Connell, Jr.
Merkel & Cocke, P.A.

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Gaming, Workers' compensation; view more

Licensed in Mississippi since: 1997

Education: The University of Mississippi School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2013, 2015 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2008 - 2010

Merkel & Cocke, P.A.

30 Delta Avenue
Clarksdale, MS 38614 Visit website


Attorney Edward (Ted) P. Connell Jr., is a partner with Merkel & Cocke, P.A., law firm, which has law offices in Clarksdale, Oxford and Jackson, Mississippi. Nationally recognized as among the top trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Connell has more than 23 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Clarksdale and Jackson metros and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· General civil litigation

· Real estate law, including residential, commercial and agricultural real estate

· Gaming law

· Wills, trusts and estates

· Workers' compensation

· Personal injury

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Connell has achieved considerable success advocating on behalf of the rights and interests of his clients and helping them achieve their goals and the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Honored for his impeccable professionalism and unwavering dedication to his clients, he has earned the 10 Best in Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys along with many other testimonials and referrals from those he has served.

Recognized by his peers, Mr. Connell has received a Top 50 under 50 in the Delta designation from the Delta Business Journal, and the Mississippi Business Journal named him among the state's Leaders in Law in 2012. He has also received designation as a Top 25 Workers' Compensation attorney from the National Trial Lawyers along with many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers.

A 1994 cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi, Mr. Connell obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1997. He holds his license to practice in Mississippi and Tennessee, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, the Eastern and Western Districts of both Tennessee and Arkansas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

A leader in his field, Mr. Connell has served on various committees with the Mississippi Bar Association, and he is a fellow with the Mississippi Bar Foundation. He is also a member of the Tennessee State Bar, the Mississippi Association for Justice and the American Trial Lawyers Association, and he once served as president of the Coahoma County Bar Association.

Mr. Connell is also a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America and past member of the University of Mississippi Law Alumni Board. He has several publications to his credit, and he routinely conducts lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.


Office Locations:

Clarksdale Office
30 Delta Avenue
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Phone: 662-302-2812
Secondary phone: 877-790-0943

Oxford Office
2090 Old Taylor Road
Suite 207
Oxford, MS 38655
Phone: 662-236-0080

Greenville Office
540 Main Street
ICON Building, Suite 302
Greenville, MS 38702
Phone: 662-592-3110

Jackson Office
622 Duling Avenue
Suite 221
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: 601-653-1103

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Gaming, Workers' compensation: claimant, Civil litigation: plaintiff, Estate & trust litigation, Real estate: consumer, Real estate: business

Focus areas

Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Dram shop laws, Construction accident, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff, Gaming law, Will contests, Mortgage & refinance, Short sale

  • 20% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 20% Gaming
  • 20% Workers' compensation: claimant
  • 10% Civil litigation: plaintiff
  • 10% Estate & trust litigation
  • 10% Real estate: consumer
  • 10% Other

First Admitted: 1997, Mississippi

Professional Webpage: https://www.merkel-cocke.com/attorneys/edward-p-connell-jr/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • President of the North Delta Ole Miss Alumni Club, 2005 - 2006
  • Member, Board of the Clarksdale/Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce, 1999-2002
  • Boy Scouts of America, 1997 - 2007
  • Pro Bono General Counsel, Clarksdale Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Board of Directors of Delta Council, Covenant Bank, 2007-2008
  • Board of Directors, Covenant Bank, 2011 - 2016
  • President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and on the Board of Directors for Clarksdale Area Habitat for Humanity, 2003 - 2015
  • Member, Rotary Club, 1998 - 2016
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, 2007 – Present
  • Board of its Day School, St. George’s Episcopal Church, 2003 to 2006 and 2008 to 2010
  • Member, St. George’s Episcopal Church, 1997 to 2000 and 2006 to 2009
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 25 Workers’ Compensation Trial Lawyers Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2017–Present
  • University of Mississippi Young Alumni Board, 2002–05
  • The University of Mississippi Law Alumni Board, 1997– 2000 and 2014–16
  • The University of Mississippi Alumni Board, 1998–2001
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Coahoma County Bar Association, President, 2005-06
  • Mississippi Association for Justice
  • Coahoma County Bar Association, 1997 – Present
  • Coahoma County Representative on the Disaster Legal Relief Committee: Coahoma, Quitman, and Tunica Counties, 2001–04
  • Tennessee State Bar
  • The Mississippi Bar Association, High School Mock Trial Committee, 2007–08
  • The Mississippi Bar Association, Young Lawyers Assistance Committee, 2006–07
  • The Mississippi Bar Association, Board of Directors of the Young Lawyers Division, 2006-08,
  • The Mississippi Bar Association, Litigation Executive Committee, Chair, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1997
  • The Mississippi Bar Association, Litigation Executive Committee, Member, 2008–­14
  • The Mississippi Bar Association, 1997 – Present
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1997
  • Tennessee, 1997
  • Mississippi, 1997
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Mississippi Casinos and the Detention of a Patron: What are the Parameters of a Casino’s Powers in Detaining a Patron and the Subsequent Liability Which Can Follow?”, National Gaming Law Review, 1996
  • Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project in conjunction with North Mississippi Rural Legal Services when they hosted a “Know Your Rights Summit” in 2009
  • Mississippi Bar’s program “Lawyer in Every Mississippi Classroom”, 2007
Educational Background:
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., cum laude, 1994
  • Mr. Connell was named a “Rising Star” by Mississippi Super Lawyer magazine and Mid-South Super Lawyer magazine in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and as a “Super Lawyer” in 2011-13 and 2015-19. Mr. Connell became a Fellow in the of the Mississippi Bar Foundation and the Litigation Counsel of America in 2017. He was chosen as one of the top 100 most qualified and accomplished lawyers in Mississippi by America’s Top 100 Litigators and the National Trial Lawyers. Mr. Connell was also honored as in the top 1% of attorneys in America by Distinguished Justice Advocates, one of the top 25 workers’ compensation lawyers in Mississippi by the Workers’ Compensation Trial Lawyers Association, by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of the 2012 “Leaders In Law,” selected as one of the “10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Mississippi” by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, and the Delta Business Journal as “Top 50 Under 50 in the Delta” in 2003. His practice includes general litigation, negligence law, motor vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation, gaming law, real estate, and wills and trusts.

Office location for Edward (Ted) P. Connell, Jr.

30 Delta Avenue
Clarksdale, MS 38614

Phone: 662-627-9641


11 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2013, 2015 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2008 - 2010

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