Florida Super Lawyer

Mr. Merting was named as a 2006 Florida Super Lawyer. He was selected through an extensive process of balloting, blue ribbon panel review and independent research. Only 5 percent of the attorneys in Florida have been selected as Florida Super Lawyers. Of the more than 78,000 Florida attorneys, just 26 were selected as 2006 Florida Super Lawyers in the field of "Transportation/Maritime" — 22 of these attorneys represent maritime employers and their insurance companies. Mr. Merting was one of only 4 attorneys in the entire State of Florida who represent injured workers and their families. Mr. Merting has been named as a Florida Super Lawyer in many subsequent years, including 2016.

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum was formed to give recognition to those trial lawyers throughout the United States who have achieved a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of One Million Dollars or more. The fact of such an accomplishment is a strong and a tangible indicator of exceptional experience, skill and diligence on the part of the trial attorney. The primary purpose of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is to certify such attorneys as members, providing recognition of accomplishment and a national network of experienced colleagues. Mr. Merting has been certified as a life member in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Merting has also qualified as a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.


Mr. Merting was the first Board-Certified Admiralty and Maritime Law attorney in the North Florida. First certified in 1996, Mr. Merting has been recertified in 2001, 2006, and 2011.  Board certification is the highest level of recognition given by The Florida Bar for competency and experience within an area of law. Mr. Merting is a legal expert in admiralty and maritime law and is dedicated to professional excellence.


Mr. Merting has attained an AV* rating for many years — the top rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Mr. Merting 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.

AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 ethical standards.