Merrill C. Godfrey litigates complex civil matters and appeals. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts and in administrative proceedings.

Practice & Background

Mr. Godfrey frequently represents Indian tribes and has litigated high-stakes cases in areas such as breach of trust, gaming, oil and gas, water rights, contracts, and elections.  He has extensive experience in litigation against the United States and its executive agencies.  He was trial counsel in cases that led to the largest settlement ever by an Indian tribe suing the United States. 

Mr. Godfrey has also litigated a wide variety of civil cases and appeals involving technical subject matter in areas such as consumer class actions, fraud, environmental law, civil rights, and antitrust. 

Mr. Godfrey received his B.A. summa cum laude in political science in 1995 from the University of Utah, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. in 1998 from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he was named to Order of the Coif, served as an associate editor of the California Law Review and was a member of the Moot Court Board. From 1998 to 1999, he clerked for the Honorable Stephen H. Anderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.