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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, Brigham Young University, 2003, BYU Education and Law Journal, Articles and Topics Editor; BYU Law Review, Staff Writer
    • B.S., Brigham Young University, 2000
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2003
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2006

Anthony Merrill’s wide range of experience in complex disputes brings unique problem-solving approaches to clients. Anthony is a leading member of the firm’s Insurance Recovery practice and assists clients across the country in obtaining coverage for catastrophic commercial claims. While he specializes in latent or long-tail property damage and bodily injury claims, he also represents clients in connection with disputes involving insolvent insurance carriers, reinsurance, specialty risk lines, retrospective premiums, and data security. Anthony also uses his legal skill to assist clients in developing and implementing environmental remediation projects and resolving compliance issues arising under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Air Act. In addition, Anthony regularly consults and defends clients on matters regarding infectious disease outbreaks, including water-borne and airborne pathogens, and pandemic preparation.

Anthony is bilingual, proficient in both writing and speaking Spanish. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for seven years as an associate in environmental and commercial litigation practice groups in the Arizona office of a national law firm.

  • Litigation involving multi-site environmental property damage and bodily injury claims concerning defense and indemnity coverage for three different historic coverage lines spanning chemical, industrial, explosives, and uranium processing operations in several states over multiple decades.
  • Insurance recovery litigation for a defense contractor involving historic perchlorate contamination.
  • Insurance recovery litigation involving environmental property damage from an historic uranium mine located within a national park.
  • Negotiated successful resolution with Environmental Protection Agency of cleanup involving uranium mine.
  • Represented interests of environmental unsecured claimants on creditors’ committee in $1.3 trillion restructuring and fraudulent conveyance litigation.
  • Arbitration involving reinsurance for hurricane property damage involving payments and posting of letters of credit for suture losses.
  • Litigation resulting in settlement against third-party administrator arising from negligent processing, reporting, and administration of large loss claim involving an organ transplant.
  • Pursued large loss property damage claim due to destruction of internal components for electronic signage.
  • Successful defense of wrongful death lawsuit alleging negligent operations that caused a hotel guest to contract Legionnaires ’ disease.
  • Successfully defended hotel management group in multiple lawsuits alleging exposure to legionella.
  • Litigation involving the application of large loss deductibles and variable premiums based on a loss modifier.
  • Litigation resulting in settlement involving contract indemnity and cost recovery for environmental property damage arising from a former uranium mine and mill.
  • Represented potentially responsible parties (PRP) group in cost recovery action involving multiple groundwater plumes and potential drinking water impacts.
  • Obtained a high value allowed claim in an insolvency proceeding concerning historic insurance coverage for long-tail environmental property damage and asbestos bodily injury claims.
  • Successfully prevented the removal of the wild horses from a federally protected habitat under a proposal issued by the U.S. Forest Service and obtained a favorable order reaffirming the existence of the Heber Wild Horse Territory and mandating the development of a wild horse management plan.
eAlerts Alerts
July 2017
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Insurance Recovery for Environmental Liability
Strafford Publications Webinar
November 16, 2016
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State Bar of Arizona's Insurance Law Institute
February 4-5, 2016
eAlerts Alerts
March 21, 2014
webinar Webinars
January 30, 2014
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Pandemic Influenza: Is Your Organization Prepared For The Sleeping Giant to Awake?
September 2009
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How You Can Help, Hurt Your Pandemic Cover - Guarding Your Business From the Ill Effects of a Pandemic: How to Choose the Right Insurance
Business Insurance
July 2009
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Mitigation of Losses Suffered From a Pandemic: Lessons Learned from the H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu)
Bloomberg Law Reports; Insurance Law Volume 3, Nos. 18-21
June 2009
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Electronic Discovery: What Are the Company’s Obligations
Presented as part of a CLE program for in-house counsel
March 2008
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Insurance Claim for Environmental Liability
Maricopa County Bar Association's Publication of the Most Commonly Asked Questions in Environmental Law
Co-author; 2005 edition