Merrill C. Hodnefield

*Affiliated with Coppersmith Brockelman PLC on designated matters; admitted in Michigan

Merrill supports Coppersmith Brockelman’s health care practice, including clinical research and other regulatory areas.

Merrill focuses her practice on complex legal research and analysis. Often called in when issues of first impression or complex topics require deep analysis, Merrill provides legal memoranda and counsel, trial and appellate briefs, and contract review across a range of legal subject areas. She has drafted statutory and regulatory language, procedural court rules, and over 100 orders and opinions for Michigan appellate courts.

Merrill also has a background in legal ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct governing attorney advertising. A former director of the legal writing department for a website development agency, she has advised hundreds of law firms and professional writers throughout the U.S. on legal content creation for public audiences.

Before entering private practice, Merrill was a career judicial clerk with the State of Michigan Supreme Court. She is the co-author of “Reflections on Freedom and Criminal Responsibility in Late Twentieth Century American Legal Thought,” Am. J. Legal Hist. 55, no. 1 (2015): 1-33.

Representative Matters

  • Negotiated clinical research agreements.
  • Advised state agency, and drafted proposed state legislation, on appropriate licensing of immigrant, foreign-trained health care practitioners based on multi-jurisdictional analysis of laws, regulations, agency practices, and relevant industry standards.
  • Advised state agency on licensing of immigrant attorneys based on multi-jurisdictional analysis of laws, court rules, and state bar regulations.
  • Wrote motions, briefs, and legal memoranda on complex, research-intensive legal issues.
  • Provided research, writing, editorial, and publication assistance to legal academics.

Publications

  • Co-author, “Reflections on Freedom and Criminal Responsibility in Late Twentieth Century American Legal Thought,” with Thomas A. Green, Am. J. Legal Hist. 55, no. 1 (2015): 1-33.

Clerkship & Internship

  • Judicial law clerk for the Honorable Maura D. Corrigan, Justice, State of Michigan Supreme Court (2005 – 2011)
  • Judicial intern for the Honorable Steven D. Pepe, U.S. Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2002)

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2004
  • B.A., Albion College, 1996
  • Admitted in Michigan (2004)