Jim has a broad general practice drawing from his experience as a judge, general counsel, and litigator. He currently focuses his practice in litigation with a specialty in construction law. Jim joined MM&D as a Partner in 2017.
As Magisterial District Judge in Springfield, Judge Merkins hears both civil and criminal matters. The civil matters include contract and landlord/tenant disputes. He also hears traffic cases, summary cases, and preliminary hearings in criminal cases.
In his prior role as general counsel for a large electrical contractor, Jim was responsible for advising senior management on all aspects of sales and operations, including contract review, dispute resolution, insurance coverage and claims management.
Jim honed his litigation skills with the law firms of Bouchard Margules & Friedlander, P.A., Wilmington, DE, and Blank Rome, LLP, Philadelphia and Wilmington. Prior to private practice, Jim was a law clerk for Chief Justice Myron T. Steele, Supreme Court of Delaware and a judicial intern for The Honorable Delores K. Sloviter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
A magna cum laude graduate of Widener University School of Law, Jim also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with minors in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Penn State University.
Representative Matters: Represented subcontractor excavator against general contractor in Westchester County Supreme Court, NY, obtaining unanimous jury verdict in less than two years for entire demand amount plus interest dating back to the date of nonpayment; Represented solar developer in breach of contract suits against contractors in Massachusetts and Vermont state courts; Represented electrical contractor in complex construction litigation matters in state and federal courts in PA & NJ; Managed/defended insurance claims for select clients (WC, Auto, GL); Reviewed & negotiated contracts for electrical contractor; Managed family law, estates, and personal injury matters for select clients.
Delaware County Magisterial District Judges Association, President Elect, 2019 – Present
Springfield Area Education Foundation (SAEF), Board Member, April 2017 – Present
Springfield High School College & Career Academy Advisory Board, January 2019 – Present
Springfield Cares (Opioid Addiction Task Force), Board Member, March 2016 – Present
Springfield Athletic Association, Youth Travel Soccer Director, December 2018 – Present
Springfield FC (Travel Soccer), Board Member, August 2018 – Present
Springfield FC, Travel Soccer Coach, 2016 – Present
Springfield Township Planning Commission, Board Member, May 2004 – October 2014