Michael Merrill, Partner

Mike has been engaged in the practice of law since 1967 with a focus on business law, corporations, litigation, labor and employment, and real property matters. Mike enjoys a wide range of connections in the business and legal community and brings a no-nonsense view of solving problems to all areas of his practice for his clients. He and his wife, Maureen, have been major participants in the political, cultural and business growth of Sonoma County over the past three decades. The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce recognized Mike with the “Outstanding Volunteer in Support of Economic Vitality” award in 2007 for his leadership in bringing commercial air service back to Sonoma County. Mike has been a pilot and aircraft owner for over forty years.

Admitted:

  • 1967, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District
  • 1968, U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • 1976, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th District
  • 1977, U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1984, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Community and Professional Memberships:

  • Member, State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section
  • Member, Sonoma County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Discovery Facilitator, Sonoma County Superior Court
  • Chairman, Sonoma County Airline Attraction Advisory Committee
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Windsor Boys & Girls Club
  • Ambassador for Higher Education, Sonoma State University
  • Founder, Director and Vice-Chairman, North Coast Bank, 1991-2001
  • Alternate Member, Sonoma County Airport and Land Use Commission, 1992-1998
  • Member, Town of Windsor Economic Development Committee, 1992-1994
  • Director and President, West Santa Rosa Rotary, 1994-1995
  • Rotary International Directors Advisory Board, 2011-2012
  • Rotary International Zone 25-26 Education & Training Chair, 2013-2014
  • District Governor Rotary International District 5130, 1999-2000
  • Assistant International Chairman, Rotary Education & Training Task Force, 2001-2002
  • Council on Legislation Representative, Rotary District 5130, 2004
  • Regional Chairman, Commonwealth Club, 1995-2000
  • Director, Sonoma County Alliance, 1991-1993
  • Board Member, Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts, 1997-1998
  • Board Member and President, Humane Society of Sonoma County, 1978-1992
  • Executive Director, Sonoma County Explorer Posts, 1976

Education

  • J.D., University of San Francisco, 1967
  • B.S., University of San Francisco, 1964
  • Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, 1967-70