National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Merrida P. Coxwell
About Merrida P. Coxwell
To put it short and sweet, I started practicing in October 1980. From that time forward I handled all types of criminal charges/cases in Federal Court, Circuit Court, County Court, Justice Court, and Municipal Courts all across Mississippi. I am licensed to pracitce law in Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virgiania, and the District of Columbia. I have worked on over 120 appeals to the Mississippi Supr... read more »
To put it short and sweet, I started practicing in October 1980. From that time forward I handled all types of criminal charges/cases in Federal Court, Circuit Court, County Court, Justice Court, and Municipal Courts all across Mississippi. I am licensed to pracitce law in Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virgiania, and the District of Columbia. I have worked on over 120 appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, Appellate Court, or Federal Courts. I have handles cases in Chicago, Alabama, Texas, and several other states across America.
My pracitce also involves serious accident & injury cases. These cases include defective products, dangerous drugs, accidents caused by drunk drivers, premise liability, auto accidents caused by tractor trailer rigs, and similar accidents and injuries. My office has obtained verdicts and/or settlements as follows: 144 million, 120 million, 20.4 million 5.7 million, 2.3 million, 2.1 million, 1.6 million, 1.5 million, 1.2 millon, 1 million, 1 million, 1 million, $875,000.00, $500,000.00, $352,000.00, $245,000.00, $175,000.00, plus others. We don't list these amounts to brag, but rather to show that we are a law firm that believes in getting the client the maximum amount of money to which they are entitled under the law for the harms and losses they have suffered. We have handled complex civil litigation and mass tort involving hundred of people. We are currently involved in Transvaginal Mesh and Depuy hip cases. There are firms that operate law suit factories. They get cases in with their TV ads and settle them for "pennies on the dollar." That won't happen at Coxwell & Associates. Your case will be treated as an individual case.
We also work on criminal cases. We have a love for helping people solve problems with the criminal justice system. Due to our extensive experience our rapport with prosecutors is very good. We have gotten not guilty verdicts in many cases, for example: A case the local press called the Murder of the Century; An anthrax hoax case; two (2) separate and consecutive federal drug conspiracies; The bombing of a local lawyer's house; Three (3) not guilty DUI verdicts in a row; A DUI win in the Mississippi Supreme Court; Multiple reversals in the Mississippi Supreme Court on criminal appeals and two (2) reversals and discharges. Merrida and Chuck are well know and recognized across the state of Mississippi as innovative, smart, and aggressive criminal defense attorneys.
My father was a dedicated lawyer for familes and working men and women. My brother is a lawyer as well as two (2) of my first cousins. I have followed in my Dad's footsteps. I am completely and totally an attorney, through and through. I try my best not to let it interfer with my family life. Fortunately, my family understands that when I am involved with a client or a case, that client gets my undivided attention. This is the way it has to be!
Map & Directions
|Area of Practice||% Focus|
|Arkansas||Member in Good Standing||2012|
|West Virginia||Member in Good Standing||2007|
|District of Columbia||Member in Good Standing||2007|
|Mississippi||Member in Good Standing||1980|
|Managing Partner, Coxwell & Associates, PLLC||1980 – present|
|Jerry Spence's Trial Lawyers college||graduate||2009|
|Mississippi College School of Law.||Law||J.D.||1980|
|Member||Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||2009 – present|
|Graduate||Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College||2009 – present|
|Member||Southern Trial Lawyers Association||present|
|Member||Southern Poverty Law Center||present|
|National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws||present|
|Life Member||National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||present|
|Member||Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||present|
|Member||Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||present|
|Member||Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||present|
|Member||American Association for Justic||present|
|Member||Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||present|
Awards and Recognitions
|Advocate of the Year||Mississippi Association of Justice||2014|
|Stanford Young Life Time Achievement Award||Mississippi Association of Justice||2014|
|Trial Lawyer of the Year||Mississippi Association for Justice||2008|
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Publications and Articles
Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes
Book for the defense of drug cases.