Charles Merrill

Charles Merrill founded Merrill, Nomura & Molineux with Brent Nomura and Karl Molineux in 2000. Mr. Merrill attended UC Davis from 1972 to 1976. In his third year, Mr. Merrill took four months off from his undergraduate studies to work full time as a clerk and investigator in the Marcus Foster murder trial. In 1976, he graduated from UC Davis with honors, earned the designation of “Academic All-American” in football and was selected as a captain of the varsity football and wrestling teams.  After graduating from UC Davis, Mr. Merrill worked as a law clerk for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office while attending McGeorge School of Law. Upon receiving his JD and passing the California State Bar in 1979, he was employed full time as a Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County.  In 1985, he entered the arena of civil litigation and in 1986 founded his own law firm specializing in all phases of civil litigation, inclusive of trying cases for other law firms. In 1999, Mr. Merrill merged with the transactional law firm of Smith & Peffer, establishing offices in San Ramon, California.  In 2000, Mr. Merrill left Smith, Merrill & Peffer to start the firm of Merrill, Nomura & Molineux LLP.  The primary focus of Mr. Merrill’s practice is real estate and contract litigation with emphasis on condemnation and construction defect cases. Mr. Merrill has obtained numerous seven-figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients throughout California. His favorable jury verdicts include a record condemnation verdict in Napa County.

Areas of Practice

Construction Defect Litigation
Eminent Domain
Real Estate Litigation
Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
JD, 1979

University of California, Davis
BA, 1976, with Honors


Charles Merrill
(925) 833-1000 ext. 101

65 Oak Court
Danville, CA 94526