Lee Merritt Biography
Lee Merritt an American civil rights Lawyer leading and influential new voice in the fight for Social Justice. He known as a dedicated civil rights activist and trial attorney. He as well runs a high profile national practice focusing on victims of police brutality, hate crimes, and corporate discrimination.
Lee Merritt Age
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Lee Merritt Attorney
Merrit started his legal career with the Cochran Firm Philadelphia before proceeding into private practice. He is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, federally in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the US District Court of the Northern District of Texas.
His activist credits include, he has championed police reform and community empowerment. His office has led the way in reform in Texas, a state notorious for its failure to prosecute police officers, advocating for the first murder indictments of officers in the state in over 40 years.
In 2017 Merritt was acknowledged as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans in the country ages 18 to 45 byThe Root. He was also awarded the prestigious “Nation Builder” award by the National Black Caucasus of State Legislators, combining him to an elite list of receivers including President Barrack Obama, Shirley Chisholm, and Vernon Jordan.
Lee Merritt Law Firm
Merritt joined McEldrew Young Purtell in2018 as of counsel due to a strategic commitment to the pursuit of justice. Merrit started his legal career with the Cochran Firm Philadelphia before proceeding into private practice.
Lee Merritt Net Worth
Merritt estimated net worth is under review.
Lee Merritt Cases
Merritt’s first big case was of Mark Hughes, who was unlawfully identified by police as the man who gunned down five police officers in downtown Dallas during a 2016 march against police brutality. He as well represented Jacqueline Craig after a Fort Worth police officer tackled and arrested her when she called 911 about a neighbor grabbing her young son by the neck.
He is as well the lawyer of the family of Jordan Edwards, the 15-year-old fatally shot by former Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver. Oliver was convicted of murder last month and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
He accused a Texas state trooper of handcuffing and raping a woman before taking her to jail to be booked on a driving while intoxicated charge. The claims sparked national outrage.
Turns out the woman faked the whole story. A dash-cam video ultimately proved that the officer hadn’t done anything wrong. Merritt apologized then for bringing the false claims to national prominence.
Lee Merritt Ahmaud Arbery
Merritt represented the family of Ahmaud Arbery who was shot to death while jogging in a neighborhood outside Brunswick, Georgia, after being pursued by two white men in a pickup truck. Ahmaud was 25 years old by the time of his death on February 23, 2020.
In May 2020, he said that the US Department of Justice is investigating the shooting death as a hate crime. Merritt said he learned about the development after meeting with United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Bobby Christine. A spokesman for Christine’s office declined to comment.
On June 2020, Jay-Z sent a jet to fly Ahmaud Arbery’s lawyers to Georgia hearing for his accused killers Merritt of Philadelphia’s Merritt Law Firm credited the music superstar and activist with helping them get to Brunswick, Georgia, for a probable-cause hearing for the three men charged in Arbery’s death.
Lee Merritt Education
Merrit earned a Cum Laude from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He later joined law school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Temple University’s James Beasley School of Law.
Lee Merritt Family
Merritt was born to Gregory Merritt, was a gang member in the Rollin 60s Crips. Nicknamed Murder Roc, his father was in and out of prison throughout his son’s life. Merritt’s mother collected welfare checks and worked various jobs.
His mother worked at a J.C. Penney, a coin-operated laundry and a hospice, before later landing a job as a nurse. He was named Stacy after her but identifies by his middle name, Lee. He learned of racial injustice through the beating of Rodney King and the L.A. race riots.
His family moved to a small town in Florida, and he was kicked out of school three times. He later graduated from high school and was the first in his family to do so.
Lee Merritt Wife and Children
Merrit was married but later divorce. Together with his ex-wife are parents to four children.