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Decades of Legal Experience

Attorney Joe Merly has been practicing law since 1992. He specializes in personal injury, civil rights and criminal defense cases. He brings extensive litigation and trial experience to our law firm, having tried approximately 85 civil and criminal cases to verdict in state and federal court.

During his career, Attorney Merly has represented victims of car accidents, slip and fall incidents, medical malpractice and more. Before joining Trantolo & Trantolo in 2020, he practiced as a civil rights trial lawyer in New Haven for many years.

Outside of the office and courtroom, Attorney Merly has involvement with various volunteer organizations in the New Haven community and beyond. Being born, raised and educated right here in Connecticut, he recognizes the importance of giving back on the local level.

In his free time, Attorney Merly enjoys reading and doing yardwork. One thing he cannot live without are his kids!

When fighting for his clients, Attorney Merly abides by the words of Gerry Spence: “Lawyers should be chosen because they can demonstrate a history rich in human traits, the ability to care, the courage to fight, the will to win, a concern for the human condition, a passion for justice and simple uncompromising honesty. These are the traits of the lawyer.”