Jeffrey J. Merrick is a professional interventionist and criminal defense attorney in Hollywood, California. He is a graduate cum laude of the University of San Diego School of Law, a practicing member of the California Bar since 1990 and a former trial lawyer for a national law firm. His undergraduate degree was with honors in Psychology and Literature & Writing from the University of California at San Diego.

Jeffrey specializes in the defense of mental health, drug and alcohol-related cases. His expertise is in care advocacy and alternative sentencing through the courts.

Jeffrey has several years of in-house counsel and treatment and intervention planning experience for national recovery programs.

As with Heather Hayes, Jeffrey is a member of NII, the Network of Independent Interventionists, which means they are not affiliated with any treatment program. This maintains the professional autonomy and distance required to recommend only those treatment programs that are best suited to our client’s and family’s needs.

Jeffrey brings to his work extensive knowledge about the many moving parts of multi-problem clients and family systems, treatment and intervention. He is a well-known and respected member of the addictions professionals and recovery communities, bringing to this work the spark of his own personal long-term recovery.