Bruce M. Merrill
B.A., Rutgers University
J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law
Bruce M. Merrill received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University in 1973 and his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1978, where he was a member of the Law Review. He is admitted to practice law in Maine, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and has over 32 years of criminal law practice experience. He has been certified since 1987 by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Criminal Trial Attorney. He is admitted to the First, Third and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.
Between 1979 and 1983, Bruce served in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office as a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Justice for the Appellate, Grand Jury, Trial and Casino Prosecutions Sections. Between 1983 and 1987, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, as the Assistant United States Attorney-in-Charge of Criminal, and as Deputy Chief of the United States Attorney’s Office Criminal Division. In 1987, he became a founding partner in the Newark, New Jersey law firm of Fleming, Merrill & Roth, P.A., where he maintained an extensive federal criminal law practice.
In 1993, Bruce moved to Maine, where he continued his practice with an emphasis on defending federal criminal matters. He was co-counsel in a matter before the United States Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the federal sentencing guidelines in United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005). He also handles complex civil and environmental litigation. Bruce also represents federal law enforcement agents before various federal administrative agencies including the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. He was a Bar panelist on the United States District Court for the District of Maine’s Strategic Planning Committee until its conclusion in 2009.
Bruce was an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at the Seton Hall University School of Law from 1982 to 1993. He also teaches courses in criminal justice at Southern Maine Community College. He has lectured extensively at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia. Bruce is also a past President of the Board of Directors for the Lyric Music Theater in South Portland, where he has served since 1994.