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Defense Base Act Lawyers

Defense Base Act Lawyers

60+ Years of Experience Achieving Exceptional Results for Workers Injured in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait or Anywhere in the World while Covered by the Defense Base Act

60+ Years of Experience Achieving Exceptional Results for Workers Injured in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait or Anywhere in the World while Covered by the Defense Base Act

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The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell and Pacheco, P.A.

Experienced Defense Base Act Lawyers

Our law firm Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A., has been representing clients with Defense Base Act cases since 1996.

Our qualified Defense Base Act attorneys handle cases for workers injured in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait or on any U.S. military base across the world.

Currently, there are thousands of workers injured in worn-torn Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of the Middle East. Due to these regions’ hostile and dangerous conditions, civilian workers are too often placed in harm’s way with high risks of job injuries or even death.

Any company working under contract with the U.S. must provide their employees with benefit coverage under the Defense Base Act for injuries on the job. Our knowledgeable Defense Base Act attorneys can help you figure out your rights.

Injured while working overseas under US Contract?

Are You an Injured Worker?

Did you get injured in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait or anywhere overseas while working for a private company under a contract with the U.S.?

If so, you are most likely covered under the Defense Base Act.

Our experienced Defense Base Act attorneys handle Defense Base Act cases against major employers such as:

  • Halliburton
  • KBR
  • DynCorp
  • Armor Group
  • Bechtel
  • Triple Canopy
  • S.Y. Coleman
  • Titan
  • Blackwater
  • L-3 Communications
  • And any other employer under contract with the U.S. in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, or elsewhere overseas.

You Are Entitled to Defense Base Act Benefits

Yes, you are entitled to benefits under the Defense Base Act, even if your employer is not an American company.

If you are covered by the Defense Base Act, our dependable DBA lawyers can help you secure valuable compensation and medical benefits.

We can also help you negotiate a favorable lump sum cash settlement. We have obtained some of the largest DBA settlements in the country, and we feel proud of such significant accomplisments on behalf of our clients.

If we are unable to obtain a settlement amount to your satisfaction, we will push your case to trial to force a higher settlement offer, or to obtain an order awarding greater benefits to you.

Defense Base Act Benefits

You Control Your DBA Case

We handle the issues, you call the shots

Our Experienced Defense Base Act lawyers handle all of the complicated issues and negotiations, but we put you in control of your case.

You will decide whether to settle and for how much, and/or whether and when to go to trial.

Your DBA Case Anywhere You Live

We do the work, you call the shots

We can handle your Defense Base Act case no matter where you live in the world, and no matter where you were employed, so long as you are covered by the Defense Base Act.

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I am an interpreter and I was injured in Iraq when my vehicle flipped over. I have referred many injured contractors to Mr. Mermell and his firm of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco.

Even though I live in North Carolina, this firm handles Defense Base Act cases all over the country and all over the world.

I was so very impressed with the way my case was handled that I have sent several other interpreters to this firm. They have all reported back to me with positive results like I had.


Interpreter Injured in Iraq

I found Mr. Mermell on the Internet. I am so glad that I did. I had two lawyers before Mr. Mermell, they did nothing for me.

Mr. Mermell and his associate listened carefully to my facts, and pushed my case to a hearing. They prepared me for each scenario which I greatly appreciated. Because Mr. Mermell was diligent and persistent, he made the insurance company pay me what I deserved for my injuries in Afghanistan. The settlement actually exceeded my expectations.

I strongly recommend Mr. Mermell to any contractor injured on the job while working overseas in Afghanistan.


Injured in Afghanistan

We are elated with the glowing reviews from our clients, and we take pride to share them with you!

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Our Defense Base Act Lawyers

Defense Base Act Lawyer - Davic Pacheco, Esq.

Clifford R. Mermell, Esq.

Founding & Managing Partner

Defense Base Act Lawyer - Davic Pacheco, Esq.

David Pacheco, Esq.


Our Practice Areas

We Fight for Injured Workers. Contact Us for a Free Consultation


Defense Base Act

Longshore and Harbor Workers’ compensation Act

Florida Workers’ Compensation Act

Maritime Law/ Jones Act

Florida Personal Injury Law

Our Law Firm at a Glance

The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A., fighting for injured workers under since 1996


Over $150,000,000 obtained in benefits and/or settlements for our clients during the past 20 years

DBA mediations

Over 2,000 mediations on behalf of injured workers

3000 DBA claims

Over 3,000 claims of injured workers under the Defense Base Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

60+ years combined DBA law experience

Over 60 years of combined attorney experience in assisting injured workers

3000+ injured workers

Over 2,000 injured workers’ cases

6000+ claims

Over 6,000 claims filed on behalf of injured workers

200+ injured worker trials

Over 200 injured workers’ cases taken to trial

DBA law experience

You can rely upon our experience, knowledge, expertise and commitment to get the job done on your DBA case. We are ready to go to work for you today!

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We are experienced attorneys with a proven track record of obtaining exceptional results for clients for over 22 years.

We devote ourselves to each client with energy and passion. Let us put our years of experience, training, education and knowledge to work for you today.


Call us now 305-595-3350!

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