Michael Merlie

Michael F. Merlie


Email: mmerlie@gawthrop.com
Tel: (610) 696-8225
Fax: (610) 696-7111
Assistant: Ann Ciliberto
Email: aciliberto@gawthrop.com

Michael F. Merlie concentrates his practice in the areas of finance, secured transactions (including creditors’ rights) mergers, acquisitions, admiralty/maritime law, real estate law, and startup businesses.

Michael F. Merlie has represented institutional, corporate, and entrepreneurial clients in a wide variety of business matters. His experience includes negotiating and documenting mergers, acquisitions, and real estate transactions. He has also represented institutional lenders in negotiating and documenting financing transactions and has developed a particular expertise in maritime financing. Mike also assists entrepreneurs in all phases of start-up organizations.

Mike is also experienced in commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters with reported decisions in both the District Court and the Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Prior to his legal career, Mike was a certified public accountant with a Big Four accounting firm in Philadelphia. He graduated from Villanova University and the Villanova University School of Law where he was a member of the Villanova Law Review.

Mike is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, and The Maritime Law Association of the United States. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mike is also admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mike has served on various nonprofit boards, most recently serving on the advisory board of Archbishop John Carroll High School.

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Honors & Awards

  • Smart CEO Magazine “Legal Elite 2011″ Recipient
  • Top Lawyers, Main Line Today Magazine, 2015-2017

Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, J.D.
  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, B.S. Accounting