Tahira Merritt

Tahira Khan Merritt P.L.L.C
8499 Greenville Ave Ste 206
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 503-7300

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

Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
J.D. – 1989
University of Texas, Austin, Texas
B.A. cum laude – 1985

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