Seven Law Partners of Merkel & Cocke Recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers

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Mid-South Super Lawyers recognizes Merkel & Cocke partners Charles M. Merkel, Jr., John H. Cocke, Cynthia I. Mitchell, William B. Raiford, III, Edward (Ted) P. Connell, Jr., Charles M. Merkel III and Christopher E. Kittell as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Mississippi.

For the first time ever, all seven partners of Merkel & Cocke were chosen by their peers for inclusion in the 2010 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers. Excluding solo practitioners, Merkel & Cocke is the only law firm in the entire State of Mississippi to have all of its attorneys selected as either a Super Lawyer or a Rising Star.

The selective and prestigious Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine lists Charles M. Merkel, Jr., John H. Cocke, Cynthia I. Mitchell and William B. Raiford, III, as part of 2010's list of Super Lawyers in the Mid-South. Edward (Ted) P. Connell, Jr., Charles M. Merkel III and Christopher E. Kittell were all selected by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine as Mid-South Rising Stars.

Charles M. Merkel, Jr, John H. Cocke, Cynthia I. Mitchell and William B. Raiford, III, are named as Super Lawyers in the tri-state area listed under the heading: “Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice." Charles Merkel, Jr. is also included in the prestigious “Top 50 Mississippi” list, which is comprised of the fifty attorneys receiving the most points in the selection criteria in Mississippi.

The remaining three partners of Merkel & Cocke were all selected as Mid-South Rising Stars. Edward (Ted) P. Connell, Jr. is listed as a Rising Star in the area of Personal Injury Plaintiff - General. Charles M. Merkel III was chosen as a Rising Star in the area of Personal Injury Plaintiff - Medical Malpractice, while Christopher E. Kittell is the only Rising Star in the three state area in the field of Consumer Law.

Those included on this year's list of super lawyers were selected from balloting sent by Law & Politics to attorneys in the tri-state area of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The attorneys who received the ballots in the tri-state area were asked to nominate the best attorneys they've personally observed in action. Researchers of Law & Politics also searched for outstanding Mid-South lawyers, and examined the background and experience of each candidate nominated.

Another step in the selection process was peer evaluation of the candidates by practice area, before the final selections were made. Only 5 percent of the total lawyers in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, according to the magazine.

According to the magazine, its selections are backed up by the magazine’s “considerable polling and peer evaluation efforts with a detailed research process that evaluates each candidate based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.”

About Merkel & Cocke:
Merkel & Cocke, which is located in Clarksdale, MS, is one of the largest plaintiff law firms in Northern Mississippi and for over 25 years it has handled cases throughout Mississippi and Tennessee as well as cases throughout the country. Since being formed in 1983, Merkel & Cocke has never had an attorney leave its practice other than through retirement. This allows the firm to provide greater continuity of representation to its clients and their cases, as well as demonstrating the excellent working environment at Merkel & Cocke. Additionally, the inclusion of 100% of Merkel & Cocke’s attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars reflects what the firm’s clients already know - that Merkel & Cocke provides the highest level of quality legal representation to its clients. For additional information, please visit http://www.merkel-cocke.com.

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