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.
Jim brings judicial experience and perspective to the Firm. 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. Jim is a stellar negotiator and craftsman having negotiated numerous multi-million-dollar contracts, including solar EPC contracts, prime contracts with public & private owners, and subcontracts both up and downstream. Jim managed all disputes, which often included pragmatic solutions to avoid litigation, as well as significant litigation with millions of dollars at stake.
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 entering 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 in Philadelphia.
Jim dedicates a significant amount of time to his community. He is a board member of Springfield Cares, an organization providing information to families about opioid addiction, and Springfield Area Educational Foundation (SAEF), an organization committed to meeting the educational needs of every student in Springfield School District. Jim also enjoys coaching girls travel soccer.
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 Pennsylvania State University.