Sexual abuse cases are unlike any other type of personal injury cases. Victims are harmed in the most intimate ways and betrayed by people they trusted completely, which is why many are reluctant to seek the assistance of a lawyer. Some victims take years, even decades, to trust anyone enough to talk about what happened to them. When they do, we listen.
Attorney Tahira Khan Merritt is successful because her clients can and do trust her and her team. They rely on her ethics and experience to handle their cases. Equally important, they trust that she will treat them with dignity and respect, always putting their interests foremost.
“I asked Ms. Merritt how she could continue to do this work, time and time again, and her reply was, ‘If this had happened to my child I would want someone like me to be there for him.’” — Client testimonial, abused at age 9
Since 1992, Tahira Khan Merritt has devoted her career entirely to helping victims of sexual abuse and their families, both in Texas and across the entire nation. She and her team handle matters exclusively related to civil lawsuits against organizations and institutions that have allowed sexual abuse to occur and then attempted to cover it up.
In the interest of achieving closure for several of her clients, Ms. Merritt assisted the criminal justice system in the prosecution of their abusers. In one case, for example, she was appointed Special Prosecutor by the District Attorney of Eastland County, Texas. The perpetrator-priest was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison. Few, if any, sexual abuse attorneys in the nation can claim such cooperation, thoroughness and tenacity on behalf of their clients.
Areas of Practice 100% Sexual Abuse
Litigation Percentage 100% of Practice Devoted to Civil Litigation
Bar Admissions Texas, 1989
Education Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas J.D. – 1989 University of Texas, Austin, Texas B.A. cum laude – 1985
Classes/Seminars Presenter, Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Texas, National Crime Victims Bar Association, 2014
Honors and Awards Named One of Texas Lawyer’s Most Extraordinary Minorities in Law by Texas Lawyer, 2015 2019 D Magazine “Best” Lawyer 2020 D Magazine “Best” Lawyer
Professional Associations and Memberships National Crime Victim Bar Association American Association for Justice Texas Trial Lawyers Association Dallas Trial Lawyers Association Asian American Bar Association Dallas Women Lawyers Association Texas Women Lawyers Association South Asian Bar Association
Past Employment Positions Texas Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, 1989 – 1991 Law Offices of Windle Turley, Attorney, 1991 – 1997
Pro Bono Activities Special Prosecutor Eastland, County District Attorney Ancillary Businesses Guardianship for children with Learning Differences Certified Guardian Ad Litem