As founder and president of Merlin Law Group, Chip Merlin has dedicated his practice to the representation and advocacy of insurance policyholders in disputes with insurance companies nationwide. Since 1985, Chip has served as a plaintiff’s attorney with a focus on Commercial & Residential Property Insurance Claim Disputes and Bad Faith Insurance litigation. Chip served as Chair for the Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice (formerly known as The Association of Trial Lawyers of America). He was also Vice-Chair for the Subcommittee on Property Insurance Law for The American Bar Association.

Practice Areas

  • First and Third Party Property Insurance Litigation
  • Bad Faith Insurance Litigation
  • Commercial & Residential Property Insurance Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • Mississippi
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Mississippi
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Tennessee


  • J.D., University of Florida College of Law (1982)
  • B.S. (Business Administration), University of Florida (1980)

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Association for Justice (President’s Member)
  • American Association for Justice, 1996 – 1998 (Chairman, Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Group
  • American Association for Justice, Fire and Property Insurance Litigation Group, 1993 – 1995 (Secretary)
  • American Bar Association, 1988 – 1998 (Vice Chairman, Subcommittee on Property Insurance Law)
  • National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (Associate Member)
  • Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (Associate Member)
  • Community Associations Institute (Associate Member)
  • Risk Insurance Management Society (Associate Member)
  • Windstorm Insurance Network (Board Member)
  • Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation Mission Review Task Force, 2008 (Present Member)
  • Southern Food and Beverage (SOFAB) Board Member