Jordan Merson is a partner who heads the firm's office in New York City. Widely regarded as one of the city's top medical malpractice, personal injury and sexual assault lawyers, Merson primarily handles cases that have resulted in recoveries of $1 million or more and has routinely litigated those that have produced verdicts and settlements greater than $10 million. Many of his cases have gained local and national media attention and he has been quoted often in newspapers and on television.
In his latest case, in September 2022, Merson won a $28.5 million verdict against a prominent New York City surgeon for former Giants running back Michael Cox, whose career was cut short because of a botched surgery following leg and ankle injuries he suffered after being tackled in a game against Seattle in 2014. (Read news story)
Previously, Merson won a $28 million jury verdict against a Westchester County school district for inadequate supervision after a special education student was raped after being led off the school campus. The verdict was believed to be the largest in a case involving physical and sexual assault in New York State history. (News story)
Merson has been retained in numerous high-profile cases. He represented two dozen sexual abuse victims against the Estate of Jeffrey Epstein, which at one time was worth $650 million. Nearly all of these cases have settled for a confidential sum. Merson's representation of victims of Epstein has received widespread media coverage. (newspaper coverage; Fox News)
Merson also represented nine victims of Harvey Weinstein who participated in two different group settlements - one of approximately $17 million and one of approximately $19 million. (news coverage)
Currently, Merson represents victims of former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar who participated in the settlement funds of $500 million and $380 million. (news coverage)
Also at present, Merson represents actress Lili Bernard who has filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby. The case has received widespread media coverage. (newspaper coverage; CNN)
In the national, multi-billion dollar Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy, Merson represents co-chair of the Tort Claimants Committee, Dr. Douglas Kennedy. (newspaper coverage; USA Today)
In addition, Merson represents dozens of children who have suffered birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy, as well as other injuries, including the high profile Peloton case. (newspaper coverage; ABC News)
Earlier, Merson won the largest single plaintiff jury verdict in Westchester County — $11.3 million for a six-year-old girl who suffered brain damage because doctors failed to recognize her congenital heart condition. That verdict earned Merson a spot in New York State's first-ever attorney “Hall of Fame” for medical malpractice verdicts and settlements.
Merson has taken a leadership role for victims of sexual assault in New York and Pennsylvania and has recovered millions of dollars -- more than $10 million in the last year alone -- for individuals of all ages who have been sexually abused or assaulted. He has been actively involved in representing child sex abuse survivors in the Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program (IRCP) administered by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. The archdiocese has borrowed $100 million to cover all claims. Merson is likewise involved in the Brooklyn diocese's IRCP. Merson has used some of the proceeds from his cases to help those in need. In 2018, for instance, he made the largest single donation to the Survivors Network Against Priest Abuse (SNAP) at the organization's annual convention.
In Pennsylvania, he spearheaded legal action against the Solebury School in Bucks County on behalf of a 29-year-old former student who claimed she was sexually abused by her gym teacher. The lawsuit followed a grand jury report detailing instances of sexual abuse at the school over a 50-year period. (Read article)
As a result of his passionate advocacy on behalf of seriously injured people, Merson has been nationally recognized and received the following awards over the past few years: Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyer awarded by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys; Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association; 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Who's Who; Best Lawyers in America, Tier One; and recognized as among New York's best lawyers by the independent survey group Super Lawyers, which has named him a Super Lawyer for 2018, 2019 and 2020 and as a Rising Star in three previous years.
Merson attended Fordham University School of Law, where he was co-captain of the basketball team, which won the law school league championship played at Madison Square Garden. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Boston University, graduating magna cum laude.
The New York office is located at 150 East 58th Street, 34th Floor, New York, New York 10155.
Jordan Merson In The News:
Trump will stand trial in a lawsuit accusing him of rape, Politico, 4/24/23
Lawsuit filed against building management company over assault in elevator, WPXI-TV 4/18/22 (Watch video); Daily Mail, 4/18/23
Merson comments on 'flurry’ of sex abuse suits set to be filed in NY, New York Post, 11/30/22
Merson wins $28.5 million medical malpractice verdict for injured Giants running back, The New York Post, 9/24/22
Merson represents former "Cosby Show" actress in suit vs. Bill Cosby, CNN (Watch video); The Legal Intelligencer, 10/20/2021
Merson warns of low, inadequate diocese payments, New Castle News 2/16/19
Mount Vernon special-needs student wins $28M rape lawsuit, Iohud, 12/3/18, (Watch video) Lawyers Jordan Merson and co-council discuss their special-needs client winning $28 million in a rape lawsuit against Mount Vernon schools
Woman injured by falling tree in Central Park files suit, WABC, 9/13/17; Fox 29, 2/17/17; WNBC 4, 9/13/17-6PM; WNBC 4, 9/13/17-4PM Fox 5 TV, 9/13/17; WCBS 2, 9/13/2017; News 1, 9/14/17
Mother Hit By Central Park Tree May Never Walk Again: Report, Central Park Patch, 9/13/17
Tom Kline Comments On Lawsuit Filed In Central Park Tree Collapse, Good Morning America, 2/26/18
Lawsuit Filed In Solebury School Abuse Case, CBS 3, 2/17/17; KYW News Radio 1060, 2/17/17; Fox 29, 2/17/17
Ex-student sues boarding school amid grand jury sex probe, WFMZ, 2/17/17