Derek Merman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Houston, TX

Heard Law Firm PLLC
 | 2925 Richmond Ave, Suite 1550
Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-665-1100
Fax: 713-481-7082
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009, 2013 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    An attorney at the Heard Law Firm PLLC, Derek Merman focuses his practice exclusively on complex personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Working out of the firm’s offices in Houston, Texas, he represents clients throughout the greater metropolitan area. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, Mr. Merman has been admitted to practice in Texas since 2004, and he is also admitted to practice in Iowa as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Western, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    A significant portion of Mr. Merman’s practice involves the representation of people who have been harmed by defective or dangerous products. In the course of his distinguished career, he has gone up against such manufacturing conglomerates as General Motors, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer pharmaceuticals, and DuPont de Nemours, Inc. Mr. Merman's cases have also included aviation accidents, admiralty claims, civil rights violations, and truck and other motor vehicle crashes. He has been able to obtain millions of dollars in compensation through settlements and jury awards, including a verdict of more than $16 million in a civil rights case.

    These and other successes have resulted in a great deal of favorable recognition from Mr. Merman’s fellow attorneys, including a 10.0 “Superb” peer-review rating through Avvo. In addition, he has been named to both The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, and he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Merman is a 2004 cum laude graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2009, 2013 - 2014

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    About Derek Merman

    Admitted: 2004, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Best Lawyers in America, Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation, 2020-2021
    • Perfect 5.0 Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
    • 10.0 Superb Rating by Avvo
    • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2014-2020
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas – The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 - present
    • Top 40 Trial Lawyers under 40 – The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
    • Texas Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2013, 2014
    • Top Verdicts in Texas by Verdict Search, $11,965,000 for an Industrial Accident, 2013
    • NAOPIA "Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award", 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • United States Supreme Court
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Iowa
    • Texas
    • The Maritime Lawyers Association, Member
    • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Texas State Bar, Member
    • The Houston Bar Association, Member
    • Iowa
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • National Trial Lawyers Association, Member
    • Texas

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Largest Individual Civil Rights Verdict in Texas History, according to Texas Lawyer and Verdict Search, $16,050,000 - January 2011

    Educational Background:

    • Baylor University, B.S. in Biology, 1998
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    Office Location for Derek Merman

    2925 Richmond Ave
    Suite 1550
    Houston, TX 77098

    Phone: 713-665-1100

    Fax: 713-481-7082

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    Last Updated: 5/21/2020

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