Columbia trial lawyer, James “Jim” Almond Merritt, Jr. has died. He was 60 year old.
Merritt died unexpectedly at his home in Raleigh, North Carolina on July 12, his family announced.
Before, moving to North Carolina, he was a partner at the Berry, Quackenbush and Stuart (BQS) law firm in Columbia where he managed the Pre-Paid Legal division which focused on the legal needs of middle class citizens in South Carolina, his obituary in the Raleigh News and Observer stated. In 2006, he left BQS and moved to Raleigh, NC, to become a managing partner of the regional law firm Merritt Webb. Merritt Webb handles litigation in South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Merritt was born in Charleston in 1956. He graduated from Furman University and earned his law degree at the University of South Carolina in 1982. He clerked for Honorable Charles E. Simmons, Jr. Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of South Carolina and was a speech writer for South Carolina Governor Richard Riley.
Celebration of Life
Monday, July 17, 2017
WHEN: 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Mitchell Funeral Home
7209 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27612