The Law Office of Tahira Khan Merritt litigates cases of sexual abuse and sexual assault exclusively. For two decades, we have represented adult and child victims of sex crimes in civil cases against various corporations and institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, both public and private, religious organizations, such as the Catholic Church, the Baptist Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Episcopal Church, and the Presbyterian Church among others. We have also represented victims of rape in youth sports organizations, youth camps, day-cares, and the like.
Ms. Merritt graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, cum laude and Baylor Law School in Waco. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1989. Prior to opening her own practice in Dallas in 1996, she was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, focusing on tort litigation. Since then Tahira has been representing victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse. To this end she has also served as a Special Prosecutor for Eastland County in a high profile pedophile priest case she had previously litigated civilly.
To achieve additional closure for her clients beyond civil remedies, she has contributed toward the incarceration of five pedophiles.
Ms. Merritt’s exceptional concern for compromised children has led her into an ancillary area of law: establishing Guardianships for children with learning differences in the Probate Courts. Her interest in their welfare is intense and personal, both as an attorney and as a parent.
She has given freely of her professional time and experience on a pro-bono basis particularly in the area of clergy sexual abuse of children.
Ms. Merritt has taken keen interest in the epidemic of Campus rapes of students, both female and male. She represents victims burdened with the daunting prospect of petitioning for justice before a University disciplinary panel and the University attorneys. Unrepresented, the outcomes for victims have sometimes been less than successful.
Ms. Merritt has recently presented for the National Crime Victims Bar Association on Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Texas. She is a member in good standing of several professional associations, namely: American Association for Justice, Asian American Bar Association, Texas Women Lawyers Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Dallas Women Lawyers Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association.
An enviable hallmark of Law Office of Tahira Khan Merritt continues to be Ms. Merritt’s face to face interaction with each of her clients.
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Sexual abuse cases are unlike any other type of personal injury cases. Victims are harmed in the most intimate ways and betrayed by people they trusted completely, which is why many are reluctant to seek the assistance of a lawyer. Some victims take years, even decades, to trust anyone enough to talk about what happened to them.
Attorney Tahira Khan Merritt and her team are successful because her clients can and do trust her and her team. They rely on her ethics and experience to handle their cases. Equally important, they trust that she will treat them with dignity and respect, always putting their interests foremost.
“I asked Ms. Merritt how she could continue to do this work, time and time again, and her reply was, ‘If this had happened to my child I would want someone like me to be there for him.’” — Client testimonial, abused at age 9
Since 1992, Tahira Khan Merritt has devoted her career entirely to helping victims of sexual abuse and their families, both in Texas and across the entire nation. She and her team handle matters exclusively related to civil lawsuits against organizations and institutions that have allowed sexual abuse to occur and then attempted to cover it up.
In the interest of achieving closure for several of her clients, Ms. Merritt assisted the criminal justice system in the prosecution of their abusers. In one case, for example, she was appointed Special Prosecutor by the District Attorney of Eastland County, Texas. The perpetrator-priest was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison. Few, if any, sexual abuse attorneys in the nation can claim such cooperation, thoroughness and tenacity on behalf of their clients.
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We understand that sharing the details of a personal and terrifying experience in your life is neither easy nor comfortable. At our law firm, we make getting legal help a positive experience for you. If you feel more comfortable sharing your story with a person who has been in your shoes, who understands what it is like to survive sexual assault, you can speak with our Victim Advocate.
Please contact our office in Dallas at (214) 503-7300 or send us an email if you have or a loved one has suffered abuse or been sexually assaulted by a person in a position of power. All of your communications with our firm are confidential.
Areas of Practice
100% Sexual Abuse
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
J.D. – 1989
University of Texas, Austin, Texas
B.A. cum laude – 1985
Presenter, Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Texas, National Crime Victims Bar Association, 2014
Honors and Awards
Named One of Texas Lawyer’s Most Extraordinary Minorities in Law by Texas Lawyer, 2015
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Association for Justice
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
- Asian American Bar Association
- Dallas Women Lawyers Association
- Texas Women Lawyers Association
Past Employment Positions
- Texas Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, 1989 – 1991
- Law Offices of Windle Turley, Attorney, 1991 – 1997
Pro Bono Activities
Special Prosecutor Eastland, County District Attorney
- Guardianship for children with Learning Differences
- Certified Guardian Ad Litem