John Hartwell Cocke - Merkel & Cocke, P.A.

John Hartwell Cocke

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

After graduating from the University of Virginia Law School in 1975, Mr. Cocke moved to Clarksdale, MS to begin practicing in a general litigation firm. In 1982, Mr. Cocke and Mr. Merkel left that firm and established Merkel & Cocke, P.A., and since that time the emphasis of Mr. Cocke's practice has progressed more and more toward medical malpractice. At the present time his practice is exclusively devoted to handling medical negligence cases for the plaintiff, either as a result of direct contact by the client or as, more commonly occurs, on referral from other attorneys who are not familiar with the handling of medical negligence cases. Mr. Cocke handles all types of medical negligence cases, but a uniform requirement is that serious injury or death have occurred as a result of the medical mistake. Mr. Cocke has handled many "brain damaged baby cases," as well as deaths as a result of the failure to treat in the emergency room setting and the premature discharge of patients after surgery, as well as failure to promptly diagnose cancer. Mr. Cocke has developed a particular interest in the use of modern technology in medical negligence cases and has spoken at seminars on this subject. The Internet has developed into a very useful tool in conducting medical research and communicating with other attorneys handling similar cases via the Internet is also a major help in the handling of medical cases. Mr. Cocke has been selected Best Lawyer of the year in 2012 and 2016 in The Memphis area in the field of Medical Malpractice and has been selected a Best Lawyer and Super Lawyer every year since 2006.

University of Virginia School of LawJ.D. 1975

Case History

Wilson vs Scruggs — Legal fee dispute vs Dickie Scruggs in which he pled guilty to mail fraud involving the corruption of a local official and received a seven year sentence.
The Wilson case was reopened as a result of the conviction.
Luckey v Scruggs — Fee dispute against Dickie Scruggs resulting in 17 million dollar verdict.

Office Location

30 Delta Avenue
P.O. Box 1388
Clarksdale, MS 38614-1388
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs of the Memphis Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs of the Memphis Metro Area
John Hartwell Cocke has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!John Hartwell Cocke has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs (Birth Trauma, Catastrophic Injury, Mediation, Medical Devices, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death)
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Gender: Male