Our Team

Our legal team is led by Attorney Lee Merritt with support from the law offices of McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt.  We currently represent families and injured infants of birth injuries across the Country.  Our representation starts with family and community support, provides advocacy for social change and criminal convictions, and representation of the victims through civil rights litigation.  Our team has been assembled to provide comprehensive expertise across the entire life cycle of our representation.

Lee Merritt

Civil Rights Attorney

Lee Merritt, Esq. is a leading and influential new voice in the fight for Social Justice. A dedicated civil rights activist and trial attorney, Merritt runs a high profile national practice focusing on victims of police brutality, hate crimes and corporate discrimination. As an activist, he has championed police reform and community empowerment.

His office has led the way in reform in Texas, a state notorious for its failure to prosecute police officers, advocating for the first murder indictments of officers in the state in over 40 years. In 2017 Merritt was recognized as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans in the country ages 18 to 45 by‌The Root. The National Black Caucasus of State Legislators awarded Merritt the prestigious “Nation Builder” award, adding him to an elite list of recipients including President Barrack Obama, Shirley Chisholm and Vernon Jordan.

James McEldrew


Attorney Jim McEldrew has been an attorney in Philadelphia for over 35 years. He has dedicated his life to advocate for victims of medical malpractice, railroad accidents, corporate greed, and nursing home abuse.

Since 1982, Jim has been actively involved, not only as a nationally renowned trial attorney, but as a community leader and a representative of several trial lawyer organizations at the national and state level.

Jim was appointed in 1995 as the national counsel for the Transport Workers Union (TWU) designated attorneys for the FELA program. He is also designated counsel for the railroad division for the International Brothers of Electrical Workers (IBEW). As a trial attorney and friend of labor, Jim has been involved in many railroad and labor arbitrations, contract disputes and negotiations, and has made safety on the railroad a major priority. He is a national renowned railroad expert and has been interviewed by Fox News about major train accidents in the Northeast Corridor.

Dan Purtell


Dan Purtell is a trial attorney who has dedicated his career to defending victims of corporate wrongdoing, negligence and abuse.

Dan has tried more than 25 cases to verdict with over 100 additional cases resolving at mediation or arbitration. He has extensive experience litigating cases involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death, including cases resulting from pharmaceutical, medical and nursing home negligence, FELA violations, automobile accidents, trucking accidents, construction accidents and premises liability.

Dan was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and attended LaSalle College High School. After graduating from Temple University, he decided to become a trial attorney because of his experiences watching loved ones deal with injuries caused by others. Dan saw insurance companies, medical providers and corporations put their profits ahead of his family’s well-being. He has dedicated his legal career to fighting this injustice on behalf of his clients.

Marcus Washington


As an Associate at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, Marcus is dedicated to standing up for the injured. He concentrates his practice on helping those who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse.  Marcus is an experienced litigator with extensive trial experience, having tried countless bench and jury trials to verdict in both State and Federal Courts.

Born and raised in North Philadelphia, Marcus obtained his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, NJ.  Marcus began his litigation career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. There, Marcus advocated tirelessly for the victims of crimes, such as, attempted murder, rape, sexual assault, child molestation, and aggravated assault.

Do you need more information or want to help? 

Our organization can help mothers and their families who have faced medical issues during pregnancy learn about the resources available to them, as well as learn about what action they may be able to take legally due to discriminatory health practices.  Contact us below by email or phone and our team can learn more about your situation and give you free and friendly advice.

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