Johnny Merritt, an equity partner of Hajjar Peters, LLP, is an attorney with over three decades of experience in complex corporate and real estate matters. For the majority of his career, he has also served as outside general counsel for billion dollar companies involved with interstate commerce. A native of West Texas, Merritt credits herding livestock across native pasture with his family for giving him a keen understanding of the importance of teamwork and loyalty in every endeavor.
Having served clients for over 30 years, Merritt has seen the advantages and disadvantages of the currently developed methods of legal representation. While maintaining an appreciation for the historic traditions and methods of his profession, Merritt believes that clients’ legal needs can often be better served through providing an on-demand, as-needed fractional general counsel relationship. Merritt’s fractional legal counsel emphasizes authentic attorney-client relationships over monetary gains. This experience has provided him with a vast network of legal specialists ready and able to assist clients.
Merritt began his legal career as a litigation attorney, gaining proficiency in attention to detail and effective client communication. He has been a transactional attorney for more than 20 years, concentrating in ongoing business operations, organizational structuring, mergers and acquisitions as well as real estate purchases, sales, leases and development.
Merritt expanded his legal career to Austin, becoming a partner at the full-service business law firm Hajjar Peters LLP, where he oversees a variety of legal matters. Through his years of legal work, Merritt has also gained experience relating to fiduciary duties of officers, managers, directors, members and shareholders of business organizations. He utilizes this in-depth look at high-trust relationships to direct and connect with his clients.
In addition to his legal work, Merritt is also a founder and board member of Keystone Bank, an Austin-based community bank obsessed with delivering the latest in banking technology and first-class customer service. He also serves as an ambassador of The Bless Foundation, a faith-based organization mobilizing people and resources to reach the unreached throughout the world.
Merritt received a juris doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law, and lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, DeNise. He is also a member of Austin Ridge Bible Church.
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“The best service I can often provide to clients is simply to take the time to just stop and think.”
As a legal assistant with more than 15 years of experience in financial and business management, as well as community leadership, Kiera is dedicated to building relationships and providing an exceptional client experience. She manages all matters for attorney efficiency, conducts client interviews, performs legal research and is responsible for filing documentation with state and county authorities. She is also the point person regarding accounts, new client intake and marketing.
You’ll enjoy working with Kiera, as her personality is an eclectic mix of New England boldness and Texan hospitality. With a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, she loves using her skills to combine healthy efficiency and customized organizational processes to help clients succeed.
When she’s not drafting spreadsheets, tracking data or deep in research, Kiera loves spending time in the outdoors, taking every opportunity for a remote mountainous hike or big game hunt with her husband, Brian. You can also catch her at local coffee shops around Austin or mentoring women healing from trauma. Kiera also volunteers with her Table Church family at various homeless outreaches in Austin, such as Mobile Loaves and Fishes and the Community First! Village.
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Interested in practicing a different kind of law? As a principled partner, Johnny puts a focus on what is right, good and in the best interests of his clients. Reach out for more information about career opportunities today!
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