Defense Base Act Lawyers

Achieving Exceptional Results for DBA Workers Injured in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait or Anywhere in the World.
Over 60 Years of Trial Experience
Over 300 Five Star Reviews
Over $500 Million in Settlements
Over 3,000 Satisfied Clients
We Beat Insurance Companies at Their Own Game
Experience. Training. Expertise.

Get the Representation You Deserve

The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. is an established Defense Base Act law firm with more than 60 years of combined attorney experience.

Our qualified DBA attorneys handle all of the complex issues and negotiations with regard to your Defense Base Act (DBA) or Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) case.

From the initial interview, through the filing of your claim, through the attendance at your informal conference, your trial, your appeal, your mediation, and your settlement, we will be with you, guiding you and fighting for you every step of the way.

If you want the best outcome, trust the best Defense Base Act lawyers.

Settlements & Verdicts

Over $500 Million Obtained in Benefits & Settlements

If you are looking for a qualified DBA attorney that gets great results, look no further. The DBA attorneys at The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. have obtained over $500,000,000.00 in benefits and/or settlements for our clients. Click below to view some of the outstanding Defense Base Act settlements that we have obtained for our clients over the past 24+ years.

Client Testimonials

Trusted by Workers Around the World

One thing that sets us apart from other DBA attorneys is the quality and quantity of excellent reviews that we have received from our satisfied clients. We believe the best way to judge our DBA attorneys is by knowing what our clients say about how their case was handled by the lawyers at The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. Please take a moment to read some of the reviews that our clients have written about their experience with our firm.

"The firm of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco handled my Defense Base Act case. I was injured while working in Afghanistan. I had no idea what to do and these lawyers and their staff walked me through the entire process. They worked hard for me and got me my medical care and compensation. They got me a great settlement at the end of the case. I definitely recommend this firm to any contractors injured in Afghanistan or anywhere else overseas."


Injured in Afghanistan

“I was working in security in Afghanistan where I got injured. I found this firm through an internet search. I am completely satisfied with the way my Defense Base Act case was handled from start to finish. These lawyers really know what they are doing. They are efficient, professional, knowledgeable and they got the job done for me. I am recommending them to my overseas contacts.” 


Injured in Afghanistan

"My lawyers are the best! That is all I need to say. They specialize in helping Longshoremen who are injured at the port. They helped me from the beginning to the end. They got me a great settlement and I got to go back to work. I cannot say enough good things about my lawyers at Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco. I recommend them to all longshoremen injured at the port."


Injured Longshoreman
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Experienced Defense Base Act Lawyers

The Law Offices of 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 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.

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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.? 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.
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We Fight to Obtain Your Defense Base Act Benefits

If you have been denied your benefits, you need a strong advocate to fight your employer and their insurance company to get you the benefits you deserve. The lawyers and paralegals at The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. have been fighting employers and insurance companies for more than 24 years on behalf of more than 3,000 injured workers.

We Face Big Insurance Companies, So You Don't Have to

We beat insurance companies at their own game

We know every game that the insurance company can play to try to deny your benefits, and we know how to beat them at their own game. We will hold their feet to the fire and force them to trial or settlement.

You Control Your Defense Base Act Case, You Decide When to Settle

We handle the issues, you call the shots

Our Defense Base Act lawyers handle all of the complicated negotiations and issues, 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, Around the World or in the U.S.

Near or far, we have you covered

At Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A., 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.

Experience You Can Trust

Representing Injured Workers Since 1996

Longshore Act

Expert Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

If you are a longshoreman involved in loading or unloading container or cruise ships and have been injured on the job, you are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and are entitled to benefits.

Our Longshore Act attorneys have represented hundreds of longshoremen with every kind of injury imaginable. Trust the LHWCA attorneys at The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. to help get you the benefits you deserve.

About Us

Our Law Firm at a Glance

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

Over $500,000,000.00 obtained in benefits and/or settlements for our clients during the past 20 years

Over 2,500 mediations on behalf of injured workers

Over 3,500 claims of injured workers under the Defense Base Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

Over 60 years of combined attorney experience in assisting injured workers

Over 3,000 injured workers’ cases

Over 6,000 claims filed on behalf of injured workers

Over 200 injured workers’ cases taken to trial

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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