Attorney at Law
Lonnie is particularly gratified when he sees his clients and their children emerge from this difficult time with a fresh start and sense of hope.
“What appeals to me in the field of law is that we are in the business of helping people. “In family law, people need even more help and an objective viewpoint as they go through this highly emotional time in their lives.”
Meet Lonnie Merritt, Attorney
A wise friend once told family law attorney Lonnie Merritt to throw away any preconceived notions about what kind of law he might pursue after finishing law school, because what he eventually would do would not be what he first imagined. According to Lonnie, those words were quite prophetic.
A Career of Service
Lonnie spent 20 years serving as an enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force, working as a medical logistician, and successfully negotiating large contracts with medical vendors. After watching the fruits of his hard work handed off to military lawyers, Lonnie decided, “I want to be one of those guys.” At age 40, he retired from the Air Force, and attended law school in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Upon graduating, he joined a small general practice law firm in Wilmington, North Carolina, and then opened a solo law practice focused on criminal and family law. “What appeals to me in the field of law is that we are in the business of helping people. “In family law, people need even more help and an objective viewpoint as they go through this highly emotional time in their lives.” After seeing Janet Gemmell in action, Lonnie viewed her as the “ultimate practitioner,” always more prepared and engaged than the lawyers she faced. Janet asked him to join Cape Fear Family Law, and he gladly accepted his new role with a strong desire to learn from her. Janet is quick to point out Lonnie’s brilliance and quick wit, as well as his great rapport with clients.
A dedicated family man, Lonnie is married and the proud father of six grown children, and a doting grandfather of Olivia and Millie. Lonnie is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for duck hunting, sailing and snow skiing.
Bringing Experience to the Table
Lonnie has lived all over the United States and Europe, including Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and North Carolina, Washington and Athens, Greece. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University and a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from Chapman University. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, he earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law in December 2007, having the distinction of pursuing his legal studies during the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.