Merlin Law Group®, a firm focused on property insurance law and advocating for the policyholder both in and outside of the courtroom, is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Douglas L. Grose to its Tampa, Florida, office.

Mr. Grose received his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law and began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office in Tampa. After a few years as a general civil litigator, Mr. Grose turned his career into one of representing the policyholder throughout Florida and in various other states across the U.S. His last position before joining Merlin Law Group was with Childress Duffy Goldblatt, Ltd.

Along with William F. “Chip” Merlin, Jr., Mr. Grose was one of the “Founding Fathers” of FAPIA (Florida Association of Pubic Insurance Adjusters) and has been a presenter at many of the organization’s seminars over the years. He is also a proud member of the American Association for Justice, American Trial Lawyers Association and the Florida Justice Association.

“Merlin Law Group’s strong infrastructure directed by Chip Merlin and Mary Fortson will allow me to put my years of experience at use assisting insureds throughout Florida and around the country,” said Mr. Grose. “It is obvious that our united efforts will better serve policyholders and allow me to practice law at a very high level.”

"I have known Doug Grose for over twenty years. He is a great and passionate attorney—the type of person you want representing you because he cares so much, has the experience and carries the respect with adversaries that produce the results we want for our clients. I am truly humbled Doug has joined us,” said William F. “Chip” Merlin, Jr., president of Merlin Law Group. “Our attorneys are excited about the firm not only adding a colleague with extensive trial courtroom experience, but adding someone who is really enjoyable to practice law with. Doug is a great guy to be around professionally and personally.”

Mr. Merlin continued, “At our recent staff retreat, I commented on how much more Merlin Law Group can offer our clients as we share experiences and winning techniques. We want to make the experience with our law firm the best it can be for our clients and referral sources. People trust their most precious hopes with our firm. Having Doug Grose sharing his experiences, influences, and successes make our entire team better. His desire to switch to our firm is great news for our clients and our team. We have never had this depth of legal and trial experience as we do today."

  • shirley heflin

    That’s great news! Incredible! Who would’ve thought?

    I interviewed at the last Firm Doug was at and after leaving the interview, I knew I did NOT want to work there. Having worked w/Doug as well over the years, I remember thinking that that office did not seem like his kind of office…something about the atomosphere was off…gotta have that “people” touch…some of us do and some of us don’t.


  • shirley heflin

    P.S. and the one thing we can be sure of in life is CHANGE….good or bad, it happens. In the case of Doug Grose being @ MLG, it’s a good thing. :)


  • Mark M Cram

    Congrats to Doug Grose and the Merlin law group. This is good news for the insured. Through my years in FAPIA I have learned so much from both of you at conferences. Thank you both for your support to the Public Adjuster profession. To your continued success.

  • Adrian Neiman Arkin

    Does this mean we have to invent some kind of special moniker for cases you work together, like “BrAngelina?”

    We could call you “ChipGro,” or “MerDoug.” Personally, I like “Merlose.” It sound like a good red wine. :)

    Congrats to you both.

  • Chip Merlin

    Shirley, Mark and Adrian,


    Everybody at the firm benefits from having Doug with us.

    I’ll see what I can do about making that wine a new varietal that everybody has to try.