knightsmall BRAD BAKER

I thought I was finally a goner. I thought I would lose my life savings and even my liberty. You see, I had a neighbor problem here in Fairbanks like you would not believe.

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Then I hired Stephen Merrill, Attorney of Anchorage, the best move I could have made it turned out.

I had a civil suit against my neighbor dismissed in court since I could not find a lawyer in Fairbanks who would take the case. Now the neighbor’s attorney, a downtown Fairbanks heavy-weight, was asking the Fairbanks court to award him $10,0000 in attorney fees for my losing the case.

Within one week of hiring Stephen Merrill a brief was filed on my behalf in the Fairbanks civil suit arguing, based largely on technicalities, that I did not owe the attorney fees sought.

That issue was won in court. Zero attorney fees were awarded

My far larger problem was a criminal charge of unlawfully threatening my neighbor with a gun. My defense was that the confrontation was never serious since all I had that day was a broken bb gun. My neighbor said I placed a .44 magnum in his face. I felt he was trespassing on my property.

After a long jury deliberation at my trial concerning my guilt or innocence, I was convicted of a misdemeanor, though there was no finding that I had a serious weapon that day. Later the misdemeanor was dismissed by the court due to this being my first criminal charge.

I even got my broken bb gun back from the police, if you can believe it.

When Stephen Merrill is trying a case, he dominates the courtroom with his cool, concentrated approach. It is something to see. He reminds me of the Mafia defense lawyers I used to see in court back in Detroit so many years ago.

Stephen also can be a good friend when you most need one.