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Joseph “Jody” Merkel

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Joseph (Jody) Merkel has been representing injured workers in Colorado exclusively during his career. He has never represented an insurance company and works hard to protect the rights of injured workers!

Jody earned his Juris Doctoral degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. His undergraduate work was completed at the University of Colorado, Denver campus, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude (highest honors), in Business Administration.

Jody is a proud member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) and the Workers' Compensation Education Association (WCEA). The Workers Compensation Education Association is a nonprofit association of attorneys who represent Colorado employees who are injured on the job. Since 1984 the WCEA has been dedicated to providing a voice for injured workers both in and out of the courtroom. The group supports attorneys who represent injured workers through education, research, and sharing information. Members receive up-to-date legal education through an offering of accredited courses throughout each year and have access to other critical proprietary resources to help in their representation of injured workers.

The WCEA advocates for injured workers by working with the Division of Workers Compensation to improve the process for securing benefits. The WCEA also lobbies at the State Capitol each year by initiating legislation and securing sponsors for bills to improve benefits available to injured workers and to improve the process of securing benefits.

Jody is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, and Workers Compensation Section of the Colorado Bar.

Jody is an owner of The Merkel Law Firm, LLC. He is highly regarded by his peers for ethical standards and professional achievements

Jody came to Colorado from the Midwest in 1988. Like his wife and business partner, Penny, he was mentored by Colorado Workers' Compensation legend, Barbara Furutani. When he's not fighting on behalf of injured workers, Jody enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping.