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Mike Merriman

Mike Merriman

Partner & Head of Litigation Operations
San Diego Office

655 W. Broadway, Suite 900
San Diego, CA 92101

Mike Merriman


Mike is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried jury trials and arbitrated disputes all over the country. His complex litigation experience includes representing technology companies, real estate partnerships, governmental entities, energy companies and government contractors.

Mike brings extensive experience in the courtroom and a common-sense approach to each matter. His clients know that he is not afraid to go to trial, but that he will make judgement calls and recommendations based on the client’s best interest. He enjoys working on matters across various industries and is adept at getting up to speed quickly on complex topics. He also has experience managing large litigation teams to ensure that the matter is resolved effectively and efficiently.

In addition to civil litigation, Mike represents companies and individuals in white collar matters, including internal investigations. His white collar experience began as an Assistant United States Attorney (“AUSA”) at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California in the Major Frauds and Special Prosecutions Section. Appearing in court on a weekly basis, he prosecuted a wide range of complex matters, including public corruption, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations (related to a Fortune 500 Company), wire fraud and mortgage fraud. Mike also tried five cases to verdict and argued in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining Hilgers Graben, Mike worked at Scott Douglass & McConnico and litigation powerhouse Bartlit Beck LLP. He clerked for the Hon. Susan Illston, U.S. District for the Northern District of California.