Meryl specializes in medical malpractice cases and other complex personal injury cases. She has recovered millions of dollars for her clients.
Between September of 2022 and January of 2023, Meryl, alongside Ben and Taylor, obtained a total of $10,000,000 in jury verdicts for Gideon Asen clients.
In September of 2022, Meryl and Ben obtained a $5,500,000 jury verdict for a client whose father’s remains were left to decompose in the basement of a Lewiston funeral home.
In January of 2023, Meryl and Taylor obtained a $4,500,000 jury verdict for a client who was sexually abused as a child.
Both of these verdicts were among the largest jury verdicts in Maine history.
More about Meryl
Meryl is a Maine native and attended Colby College and the University of Maine School of Law.
Meryl is an extraordinary athlete. At Colby, Meryl played varsity hockey, field hockey, and softball and was captain of the hockey and field hockey teams. Meryl was able to achieve incredible athletic success despite being sidelined for many months with two major knee injuries and reconstructive surgeries. Her experience dealing with chronic knee injuries gave her insight into the difficulties of living with pain and the effect of debilitating injuries on every part of a person’s physical and emotional well-being.
At Maine Law school, Meryl distinguished herself as an appellate advocate, winning the honor of “Prize Arguer” in her class and the Gignoux Award for Appellate Advocacy. Meryl was a part of two moot court teams that competed on a national level. In her third year, she and her moot court partner – now Gideon Asen colleague Trevor Savage — finished in the top three of a competition of more than forty.
After law school, Meryl worked at a large law firm in Portland defending medical malpractice and personal injury cases. This work gave her a keen understanding of how insurance companies operate. “There is no shortcut to getting your client fairly compensated by an insurance company,” says Meryl. “You have to put your head down and do the work. Insurance companies respond only to intelligent, persistent, and dogged advocacy.”
More recently, Meryl worked at Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Maine’s largest legal aid organization. At Pine Tree, Meryl represented low-income Mainers in housing and eviction cases and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in protection order and family law cases. At Pine Tree Legal, Meryl tried nearly twenty cases to verdict and prevailed in all but one case.
“I met Meryl when she was representing hospitals,” said Taylor Asen. “She was fearless, and I could see right away that she was going to be one of the best trial lawyers of her generation.”
Meryl remains involved with the University of Maine School of Law. Every year since she graduated, she has helped prepare and coach Maine Law Moot Court teams for National Competition. More recently, she has taken on a role as an adjunct faculty member at Maine Law school, teaching the Trial Advocacy course to second- and third-year students.
Meryl also remains involved with Pine Tree Legal Assistance by serving on its Board of Directors.
What Clients Say About Meryl
“Meryl is amazing professionally and as a person. She was always there for me, explained everything and was just wonderful to work with.” – Dagmar K.
“I’m so beyond happy that I was able work with Meryl” – Jessica S.
“Meryl went above and beyond to help us get a result.” – Gretchen L.
“Meryl is dedicated and tireless, and always took the time to make sure I understood the processes and was comfortable. She is excellent at connecting with others and making them feel valued.” – Marielle B.
J.D., Maine Law School (cum laude), 2017
B.A., Colby College, 2011
Super Lawyer’s: Rising Star 2022- present
Best Lawyer’s: Ones to Watch 2022- present.
Board of Directors, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, August 2021-Present.
Charles A. Harvey, Jr. Trial Immersion Fellow (2016)
Member, Maine Law Review (2016-2017)
Maine Law Class of 2017 Prize Arguer
Gignoux Award for Appellate Advocacy
United States District Court for the District of Maine