Charles M. Merkel III

Charles M. Merkel III

Merkel & Cocke, P.A.

Recognized since 2012

Clarksdale, Mississippi

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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Areas of Practice: Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability.

Bar Admissions
: Mississippi, 1998; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi.

University of Mississippi (B.A., summa cum laude, 1995; J.D., cum laude 1998); Taylor Medal Award Winner: English; Chancellor’s Scholar; Moot Court Board Member; Moot Court: “Best Written Brief Award,” 1996.

Academic Fraternities/Sororities: Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Eta Sigma.

Legal Honors and Awards: Best Lawyers in America ( Medical Malpractice-Plaintiff) 2012-present; Super Lawyers & Rising Stars (Medical Malpractice-Plaintiff) Rising Stars: 2008-2014, Super Lawyers: 2017-present; National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 under 40, (2012), Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2014, 2016-17); Lawyers of Distinction, Top 10% in the USA (2017); National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award (2018).

Professional Associations and Memberships: Coahoma County Bar Association; Mississippi Association for Justice; American Association for Justice; North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, Board of Directors and Executive Committee member.


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


  • University of Mississippi , BA, graduated 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, The Mississippi Bar

Federal Clerkships

  • United States District Court

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs, Memphis (2020)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs


  • Best Lawyers in America (2012-Present)
  • Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (2008- Present)
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 (2012)

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