Merrill C. Godfrey litigates complex civil matters and appeals. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in the federal courts and in administrative proceedings.
Practice & Background
Mr. Godfrey frequently represents Indian tribes and has litigated high-stakes disputes involving breach of trust, gaming, oil and gas, and water rights. He has extensive experience suing the United States and its executive agencies, including claims for breach of contract and breach of trust. He was trial counsel in cases that led to the largest settlement ever by an Indian tribe suing the United States.
Mr. Godfrey routinely handles highly technical subject matter. He regularly defends consumer electronics class actions and has litigated many oil and gas disputes. He has also argued difficult legal issues at the trial level and on appeal in areas such as administrative law, federal income tax, civil rights and employment discrimination, fraud, environmental law 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.