Mr. William F. "Chip" Merlin, Jr., Esq.

Mr. William F. "Chip" Merlin, Jr., Esq.: Attorney with Merlin Law Group, P.A. AV stamp icon
  • President at Merlin Law Group, P.A. (45 Attorneys)
  • 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 950, Tampa, FL 33602-5747
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  • Since 1983, Chip Merlin has served as a plaintiff's attorney with a focus on Commercial & Residential Property Insurance Claim Disputes and Bad Faith Insurance litigation. Chip is a noted national expert on Insurance Bad Faith, lecturing to national trade groups and publishing a number of papers and articles on the subject for organizations such as The American Association for Justice, The Florida Justice Association, The Florida Windstorm Conference, and Trial Magazine.
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Attorney Awards


Omicron Delta Kappa. Member, Moot Court. Executive Editor, University of Florida Law Review, 1981-1982. Associate Editor: Supplement to ABA Homeowner's Policy Annotations, 1984; Supplement to Property Insurance Annotations, ABA, 1983. Speaker, "Ten Things a Florida Public Adjuster Can do to Raise Professionalism and Become More Successful," 2007 FAPIA Summer Conference 2007; Speaker, "Plugging the Gaps: Dealing with Inconsistent Terms in Your Layered Insurance," 2007 Risk Insurance Management Society Conference 2007; Speaker, "Coming Up With Evidence Out of the Blue - Creative Bad Faith Discovery," American Association for Justice Mid Year Convention 2007. Co-Author, "Lessons learned after the storms," Trial Magazine, Journal for the American Association for Justice.

(Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education)

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Policyholder
  • First and Third Party Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Property Insurance Coverage
  • Fire Loss
  • First and Third Party Insurance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
University of Florida, B.S., Moot Court; Florida Blue Key; Omicron Delta Kappa; University of Florida Law Review, Executive Editor, 1980
Law School Attended:
University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1982
Year of First Admission:
1983, Florida; 1984, District of Columbia; 2006, Georgia; 2008, Illinois; 2011, California; Colorado; Mississippi; New Jersey; New York; Oklahoma; Tennessee; Texas
American Bar Association (Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Property Insurance Law, 1988-1998); The Florida Bar (Sustaining Member); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Founding Officer, Fire and Property Insurance Litigation Group, 1993-1995; Chair, Bad Faith Lit. Group, 1996-1998); Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; The Mississippi Bar.
Birth Information:
St. Petersburg, Florida, March 19, 1959
( Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education )

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