Mary Fortson

Mary Fortson spent most of her legal career at Merlin Law Group in the role of managing attorney, overseeing and supervising the firm’s legal work and working closely with each of the attorneys. During those years, the firm grew from a handful of lawyers with a single office in Tampa, to a nationwide firm of over 40 attorneys with offices coast to coast. She also worked closely with Chip Merlin on his more complicated cases and helped ensure that the firm’s standards for ethics and professionalism were of the highest caliber.

She stepped down from the managing attorney role in January 2017, and currently works in an of counsel capacity, as a part of the firm’s overall management team. Mary continues to provide guidance to the firm’s attorneys on matters of procedure, practice, and policy. She assists the firm’s attorneys with problem-solving and offers advice in matters involving ethics and risk management. She also provides strategic litigation support and appellate advice for the firm’s most complex cases and legal briefings.

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Why choose Merlin Law Group?

Founded in 1985, our law firm continues to be dedicated to representing insurance policyholders throughout the United States. Collectively, our lawyers are licensed to practice in 22 states. In fact, many of Merlin Law Group’s attorneys worked for the insurance industry before joining the firm, so they bring a strong understanding of insurance company practices. Anyone can file a claim, but it takes experience, knowledge, and savvy to achieve a truly successful outcome. As The Policyholder’s Advocate®, Merlin Law Group aims to drive positive change within the insurance sector by obtaining justice for our clients and educating policyholders on how to navigate insurer bad faith tactics.

When we handle property insurance claim disputes, we hire the most experienced and qualified expert witnesses to evaluate your insurance claim and testify on your behalf. In most cases, we can advance the fees for this. Typically, we hire experts such as engineers, contractors, independent roofing consultants and other professionals to perform a thorough assessment on all possible causes of damages. This is a process that provides us with a very detailed and all-inclusive estimate for determining and justifying a proper settlement. Our use of these professional expert witnesses sets us apart from other insurance law firms.

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