TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -– Governor Charlie Crist has appointed Attorney Edward H. Merrigan Jr. of Fort Lauderdale to the Broward County Court. “Ed’s extensive legal experience, as well as his leadership responsibilities in the military, have shaped his outstanding character and commitment to fairness,” Governor Crist said. “He has the patience and empathy needed to serve with integrity and compassion from the Broward County bench.”

FL Gov Charlie CristWith Hiday and Ricke since 2006, Merrigan, 46, is the sole manager and senior attorney of the firm’s South Florida office. He is also a Lt. Colonel and judge advocate in the United States Army Reserves since 1994, serving in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Iraq in 2003 to 2004.

During his career, he has also practiced with Rinaman and Associates, McConnaughhay Duffy, Nations Bank/Bank of America, Barnett Bank, and Houston and Shahady. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina, and graduated from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, in Birmingham, Alabama.

He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1984 and earned a Master of Law from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1989.

Merrigan will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Robert Zack.