Frank L. Merrill

Frank Merrill is a partner and chair of Bricker & Eckler's Energy, Public Utilities & Environmental law group. His practice focuses on the effect of environmental law on real estate transactions, solid and hazardous waste representation, land use, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act litigation and commercial real estate transactions. He is the environmental counsel for the Ohio Manufacturers' Association.

Frank has successfully obtained and defended through the administrative process operating permits for several solid waste disposal facilities; has successfully defended hazardous waste burning facilities from various regulatory and citizen-group challenges; and counsels hazardous waste disposal facilities and hazardous waste generators on compliance with RCRA, TSCA, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. In addition, he counsels real estate developers and private property owners on wetlands issues and regulatory takings claims.

"Frank Merrill is a highly regarded environmental lawyer whose broad expertise encompasses CWA and CAA matters, hazardous waste issues, Superfunds and the environmental aspects of business transactions."

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2018

"Frank Merrill is praised for his ability to 'quickly break down the elements of a complex subject and focus on the main issues.'"

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2012

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Bricker & Eckler’s Southeast Ohio team
  • Past President and Advisor to the Board of Directors, Ohio Alliance for the Environment

Presentations & Published Works

  • Presenter, "Environmental Permitting and Issues for the Petrochemical Industry," Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF), Special Institute on Petrochemicals, April 2018

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; Columbus Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Litigation - Environmental), 2005–2020
  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Natural Resources & Environment with a Band 2 ranking, 2012–2019; Band 3 ranking, 2008–2011
  • Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Litigation - Environmental), 2014
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2008–2009
  • Rated, BV Distinguished, Martindale-Hubbell


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D., 1987)
  • Dartmouth College (B.A., 1981)