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Tahira Khan Merritt

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Dallas, TX

Tahira Khan Merritt P.L.L.C.
8499 Greenville Avenue, Suite 206
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: 214-503-7300
Fax: 214-503-7301
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 1989
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Lawyer for Victims of Sexual Abuse and Assault in Texas and throughout the United States in civil litigation against perpetrators and the institutions that protect them. Trauma focused law practice.

The Law Office of Tahira Khan Merritt litigates cases of sexual abuse and sexual assault exclusively. For two decades, we have represented adult and child victims of sex crimes in civil cases against various corporations and institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, both public and private, religious organizations, such as the Catholic Church, the Baptist Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Episcopal Church, and the Presbyterian Church among others. We have also represented victims of rape in youth sports organizations, youth camps, day-cares, and the like.

Ms. Merritt graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, cum laude and Baylor Law School in Waco. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1989. Prior to opening her own practice in Dallas in 1996, she was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, focusing on tort litigation. Since then Tahira has been representing victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse. To this end she has also served as a Special Prosecutor for Eastland County in a high profile pedophile priest case she had previously litigated civilly. The firm also represents victims of doctor, psychologist and other medical and mental health providers who have violated their patients sexually.

To achieve additional closure for her clients beyond civil remedies, she has contributed toward the incarceration of at least six  pedophile-priests.

She has given freely of her professional time and experience on a pro-bono basis particularly in the area of clergy sexual abuse of children and  sex trafficking victims.

Ms. Merritt has taken keen interest in the epidemic of Campus rapes of students, both female and male. She represents victims burdened with the daunting prospect of petitioning for justice before a University disciplinary panel and the University attorneys. Unrepresented, the outcomes for victims have sometimes been less than successful.

Ms. Merritt has recently  presented for the National Crime Victims  Bar  Association on Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Texas. She is a member in good standing of several professional associations, namely: The National Crime Victims Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Asian American Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association, Texas Women Lawyers Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Dallas Women Lawyers Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. She has served on the Board  and Executive Committee of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association and a Member of the Diversity Committee. 


White Papers

  • Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Texas (2014) - Co-author and speaker for workshop on Civil Justice for Victims of Crimes in Texas sponsored by the National Crime Victims Bar and The National center for Victims of Crime(2014).
  • Danger from On-Line Predators During Covid (2020) - Resources  for Parents during Pandemic

About Tahira Khan Merritt

First Admitted: 1989, Texas

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Educational Background

  • Baylor University School of Law, 1986
  • University of Texas at Austin-Plan II Honors focus on Greek Latin and Classical Civilization., 1985

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Publication and workshop for advocates serving victims of sexual crimes in Texas., Co-author and Speaker, Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Texas, National Centers For Victims Of Crime, 2014

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Texas Lawyer Extraordinary Minority  Attorneys in Texas Award., 2015
  • AV Rating Preeminent, 2021
  • Appointed Special Prosecutor Eastland county, 2006
  • State Bar College, 2020
  • AV-Rating Martindale Hubbell, 2020
  • Super Lawyers, 2020
  • D Magazine BEST in Trial Law, 2019

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Guardian Ad Litem, 2020
  • Pro0bono consultant to Police sex crimes unit, 2021
  • Certified  Guardian Ad Litem, 2021
  • Certified Guardian Ad Litem, 2020
  • Certified Guardian Ad Litem, 2019

Representative Clients

  • Victims sexually assaulted by  Physicians , 2020
  • For over 25 years, have provided trauma informed representation for  adult and child victims of Crime Victims of sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault in  State Civil  and Federal Civil Courts, 2020
  •  Child  Victims assaulted by Clergymen
  • Victims assaulted by Massage Therapists , 2019
  • Child victims of clergy abuse, 2016
  • Rape victims in premises cases, 2015
  • Adult survivors of sexual exploitation in counseling setting, 2018
  • Child Victims of sexual abuse , 2019


  • Settlement for  two victims of sexual abuse against Catholic Diocese and Holy See., 2021
  • Seven figure settlement  religious order on behalf of female child sex abuse victim., 2021
  • Settlement dog bite case, Tarrant county Texas, 2021
  • Settlement against Catholic Diocese for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse by priest., 2020
  • Settlement against Catholic Diocese for childhood survivor of clergy abuse, 2021
  • Settlement for two adult survivors against  Catholic Archdiocese of  Galveston-Houston and The Holy See, 2020
  • Settlement for minor sexually assaulted at  private psychiatric facility by another patient., 2019
  • Settled Against Physician who sexually assaulted multiple female patients, 2019
  • Settlement for multiple survivors assaulted by Massage Therapist, 2020
  • Settlement against Diocese of beaumont for child sexual abuse by priest, 2015
  • Settlement Texas Archdiocese for Sexual Misconduct by a priest., 2020
  • Settlement in Baptist Church case for abuse of girls by youth minister, 2016
  • Settlement against Assembly of God  child victim against youth minister and Church, 2017
  • Settlement by adult survivor against step father, 2017
  • Sexal assault settlement against Massage spa operator and massage therapist., 2019
  • Sexual abuse settlement with Corpus Christi Diocese, 2018
  • Sex abuse settlement against Mental health facility by minor patient, 2019
  • Sexual assault  settlement by  Dallas Catholic Diocese, 2019
  • Sexual assault  settlement by Texas  Physician, 2019
  • Sexual abuse settlement against Presbytarian Church., 2015

Bar/Professional Activity

  • AV Rated Preeminent , 2021
  • Diversity Committee  National crime Victims Bar Association, 2021
  • Diversity Committee Dallas Trial Lawyers, 2021
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Diversity Committee, 2021
  • Appointed special Prosecutor Eastland county to assist in criminal prosecution of pedophile Catholic priest, 2006
  • AV Rated Martindale-Avvo, 2020
  • Member Texas Bar College , 2020
  • National Crime Victims Bar Association Texas Trial  Lawyers Association, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association Dallas Asian American Bar Association Dallas Bar Association,  South Asian Bar Association,  National Association of Women Lawyers,  Dallas Womens Lawyers Association Texas Woman Lawyers Association  , 2006
  • Outstanding Minority in the Law, Texas Lawyer, 2015
  • D-Magazine Best for Trial Law, 2020
  • D Magazine  Best Lawyer 2019-Trial Law, 2019
  • Dallas Asian American Bar Association
  • Texas Women Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association
  • Executive Committee Dallas Trial Lawyers Asssociation, 2019
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Board of Directors, 2020
  • Board of Directors Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Pro-bono wills for survivors of abuse, 2021
  • Probono legal services for clergy sexual abuse victims, 2021
  • Pro-bono Personal injury dog bite case, 2021
  • Amicus Briefing to Texas Supreme Court for CHILD USA, 2020
  • Advise regarding lease for restaurant owners, 2020
  • Refugee Immigration organization, 2019
  • Pro-bono Wills for First Responders, 2020
  • Mosaic Legal Services which is a non profit  organization serving victims of human trafficking and domestic violence., 2016


  • , AV Rating, Martindale-Avvo, 2020
  • , Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2020
  • , D-Magazine Best, 2020
  • , D-Magazine Best, D-Magazine, 2019
  • Award given to outstanding minority lawyers in Texas, Extraordinary Minority Attorneys in Texas Law, Texas Lawyer, 2015
  • Given to a select group of Attorneys in the State of Texas for their Extraordinary work in law practice., Extraordinary Minority Lawyer, Texas Lawyer, 2015

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • Dallas Asian American Bar Association
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Women Layers Association
  • National Association Of Professional Women
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Women Lawyers Association
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Office Location for Tahira Khan Merritt

8499 Greenville Avenue
Suite 206
Dallas, TX 75231

Last Updated: 5/10/2021

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