We’re thrilled to announce that Lynn Fant Merritt and Dean Daskal are joining Strickland Webster, LLC. Both are serving as Of Counsel. With their experience, our firm now has a combined 80 years of experience to serve our clients. Lynn has been an active criminal defense attorney for nearly 30 years, while Dean has worked as a civil litigator, a federal prosecutor, and a supervisor at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals over his 39-year career. We’re confident that, with these additions to the firm, we will be even better equipped to represent our clients through the most challenging times in their lives. Please call 404-590-7967 for a consultation.
Lynn Fant Merritt
Lynn has spent nearly three decades committed to defending those accused of crimes. Lynn started her career at the Federal Defender Program in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was lead counsel in approximately 20 trials. She has spent over 17 years in private practice, primarily representing clients as they appealed their convictions or sentences in federal court. She has won numerous reversals for her clients in front of the Eleventh Circuit. Well known for her post-conviction advocacy, Lynn has consulted with attorneys all over the country regarding all aspects of representation in federal court, especially sentencing and appeals.
Lynn graduated cum laude from Georgia State University’s College of Law in 1989. She obtained her B.A. from the University of West Georgia, where she majored in political science.
Lynn lives in Temple, Georgia, with her husband, Gene. They are avid gardeners, and have somehow become responsible for four bossy cats: Ella, Divo, Nora, and Dora.
Dean has spent 39 years in the legal field, in a wide array of positions. After becoming partner at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer, and Murphy and spending 17 years as a private civil attorney, Dean became an Assistant U.S. Attorney, where he prosecuted general crimes. Eventually, Dean specialized in appeals at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and spent five years as the Appellate Coordinator. Dean next served as a Supervisory Staff Attorney at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, where he trained new staff attorneys in criminal law and supervised the preparation of legal memoranda for the court.
Dean graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1978, and he obtained his B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1975.
Dean lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Becky, and their dog, Ossie.