About Our Firm

As the first Board-Certified Admiralty and Maritime Law attorney in the North Florida, John Merting been consulted or retained in maritime matters by various governmental entities. Due to Mr. Merting's recognized maritime law experience, he has been appointed as a mediator by federal judges, and he has received many referrals for complex admiralty and maritime law matters by lawyers throughout the United States.

As further recognition of his experience in the field of maritime law, Mr. Merting has also been selected by agreement of private attorneys to mediate complex maritime death and serious injury claims. He has successfully mediated a triple death case arising from asphyxiation aboard a vessel, and multiple cases of serious injuries occurring on oil rigs and vessels. The attorneys retaining Mr. Merting's services as mediator practice in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and throughout Florida.

Mr. Merting holds an AV preeminent* rating (the highest possible rating) from Martindale-Hubbell, which is a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.

A native of Pensacola, Florida, John W. Merting has been in practice in the Pensacola area continuously since 1968. He is a three-time director of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, and was elected Chairman for 2005, becoming only the second plaintiff's lawyer to serve in this capacity in the institute's 40-year history. Mr. Merting's reputation and accomplishments brought him an invitation to the Academy of Trial Advocacy (formerly the Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys), an honor given to less than 300 lawyers in the entire United States, and one of only 9 attorneys in Florida. He has also been selected to be included in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™, the definitive guide to America's leading lawyers and law firms. He also has received an award from the Florida Bar Association for his pro bono work.

Able To Assist Tourists From Around The World

Florida is, of course, a prime tourist destination. When visitors to Florida are injured in an accident, the resulting litigation can involve close coordination of insurance laws between different states and even foreign countries. Our lawyer has significant experience coordinating both foreign and United States maritime law and personal injury law to help tourists recover compensation for injuries they sustained in Florida.

Every week people call or email us simply to find out their rights after they have sustained a maritime injury. We never charge for these conferences. We explain their rights for "maintenance and cure," and try to determine if they might be entitled to a greater amount of maintenance, which is tax free. We also explain their rights under the Jones Act and under general maritime law.

Sometimes, employers will pay benefits under the federal Longshore and Harborworkers' Act or under State Workers' Compensation Laws. The costs to the employer for those programs is less and the benefits to the injured worker are also significantly less, in most cases. We try to determine whether or not the employer's action is appropriate, given the facts of each case.

Very few lawyers around the country practice in this very narrow specialized area of maritime law representing only injured workers and others injured in maritime settings, and even fewer have done it as long as we have. We keep records of these calls and ask individuals to update us periodically on their medical progress, and to call us on our national toll-free number 866-416-4412 if they have any further questions or concerns.

Many times, their cases, particularly if they are able to resume their career without any restrictions or limitations, do not necessitate their employing and paying an attorney out of their settlement. We never pressure prospective clients, but when they determine that they would desire our assistance, then and only then do we consider asking them to sign a contingent fee agreement. This means that they will owe our firm nothing until and unless we make a recovery for them.

Member Of A Select Group Of Attorneys Invited Into Academy Of Trial Advocacy

Mr. Merting is one of only approximately 250 attorneys nationwide to have been invited to join the Academy of Trial Advocacy, formerly the Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys. This organization is limited to attorneys who have demonstrated their abilities and expertise in cases involving brain damage, death, and other catastrophic injury cases. Mr. Merting is also a longtime member of the Admiralty Law Section of the American Association for Justice. Through membership in these two professional organizations, the firm has confidential access to internet Listserves which allows Mr. Merting to instantaneously obtain and share information with other plaintiff maritime and injury attorneys nationwide regarding defense expert witnesses, trial strategies, and beneficial court decisions and recent settlements.

Employers, cruise lines, and others who are responsible for maritime injuries, and their insurance companies, have some of the best maritime defense attorneys representing their interests. We would respectfully suggest that if an individual thinks he/she can get a fair shake dealing with those firms without experienced legal representation, they may find out only too late that they were mistaken. Please don't you make the same mistake!

Contact Us

To schedule a free consultation to discuss your maritime injury case, contact the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.