Jeffrey J. Merrick is a professional interventionist and criminal defense attorney in Hollywood, California. He is a graduate cum laude of the University of San Diego School of Law, a practicing member of the California Bar since 1990 and a former trial lawyer for a national law firm. His undergraduate degree was with honors in Psychology and Literature & Writing from the University of California at San Diego. Jeffrey specializes in the defense of mental health, drug and alcohol-related cases. His expertise is in care advocacy and alternative sentencing through the courts.
Jeffrey has several years of in-house counsel and treatment and intervention planning experience for national recovery programs. He is a member of NII, the Network of Independent Interventionists, which means he is not affiliated with any treatment program. This maintains the professional autonomy and distance required to recommend only those treatment programs that are best suited to the client’s and family’s needs. He brings to his work extensive knowledge about the many moving parts of multi-problem clients and family systems, treatment and intervention. He is a seasoned practitioner who knows that beyond the dynamics of the defense and prosecution lies the need for identifying and presenting specific alternatives to incarceration and here partnership is critical with the court, the district attorney, probation and the treatment provider. He works to provide the best treatment solutions for his clients and families.
Jeffrey excels at building the strategic partnerships and creative alliances required to win cases, inspire real change and promote client care and family healing. He is a well-known and respected member of the addictions professionals and recovery communities and routinely collaborates with some of the best programs and practitioners in the country. Jeffrey brings to this work the many rewards and advantages of his own personal long-term recovery. and stays invested in the success of his clients and their families.