DBA Testimonials

Please view below some of the many testimonials from our satisfied clients. Compared to other Defense Base Act or Longshore Act law firms, our firm has the most testimonials from satisfied clients which is why we consistently win the AVVO Client Choice Award every year.

John – Injured in Kuwait

“Mr. Mermell handled my Defense Base Act case. I was injured in Kuwait while working a as a security specialist. Mr. Mermell walked me through my case step by step. He won my case for me and explained everything to me carefully. I am 100% satisfied with Mr. Mermell and his staff. I am recommending Mr. Mermell to all contractors injured while working overseas.”

John
Injured in Kuwait

Charles – 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.”

Charles
Injured in Afghanistan

Elmer – Injured overseas

“These lawyers helped me since 2017 with my Defense Base Act case. They are very professional and compassionate. They took good care of me and my case. They helped me resolve the whole case to my satisfaction. I recommend them to any injured workers injured overseas.”

Elmer
Injured Overseas

Thaddeus – Injured Longshoreman

“Mr. Mermell helped me with my longshore claim. My claim was denied because of a prior injury. Mr. Mermell fought for me and won my case. He was reliable and determined. I recommend him to my longshore brothers for any injuries at the port.”

Thaddeus
Injured Longshoreman

Fawad – Injured in Afghanistan

“I am an interpreter who was injured in Afghanistan. The lawyers in this firm are smart and effective. They helped me reach a great settlement. I recommend them to anyone injured in Afghanistan who needs help with their Defense Base Act case.”

Fawad
Injured in Afghanistan

Mark – Injured in Afghanistan

“Mr. Mermell has a great law firm for representing civilian contractors and expats like me for when we get injured while working overseas. This was my first time suing an insurance company. Man did they give me a hard time. They put me through the grinder twice. But Mr. Mermell and his law firm, especially Gladis and Mason, hung in there and fought them at their own game. Mr. Mermell knows all of the tricks and games they play and he straightened them out for me. I got my benefits and I got a settlement that was about 7 times what I thought it would be. I am recommending Mr. Mermell and his firm to any expats injured in Afghanistan or anywhere overseas.”

Mark
Injured in Afghanistan

Cedric – Injured Longshoreman

“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.”

Cedric
Injured Longshoreman

Richard – Injured in Afghanistan

“I was injured whilst working in Afghanistan. I live in Wales. I am so grateful to my lawyers at Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco for what they did for me and my family that I am telling all of my colleagues that if you are injured whilst working in Afghanistan, you really need to contact Mr. Mermell and let his firm take care of your Defense Base Act case.”

Richard
Injured in Afghanistan

Mirza – Injured in Afghanistan

“I am Bosnian man injured while working for US military in Afghanistan. These lawyers at Gillis, Mermells and Pacheco, handle my defense base act case. They do great work for me. I recommend to all my friends in Bosnia who are working in Afghanistan. Must go to these lawyers. They do best for me!”

Mirza
Injured in Afghanistan

Jerell – Injured Longshoreman

“This law firm took care of my longshore claim for injuries at the port. They treated me like family from the beginning to the end. Ms. Liz and Maggie were always right there when I needed them or had a question. I will refer any injured longshoremen to this firm. They have my 100% approval.”

Jerell
Injured Longshoreman

John – Injured in Kuwait

“Mr. Mermell handled my Defense Base Act case. I was injured in Kuwait while working as a security specialist. Mr. Mermell walked me through my case step by step. He won my case for me and explained everything to me carefully. I am 100% satisfied with Mr. Mermell and his staff. I am recommending Mr. Mermell to all contractors injured while working overseas.”

John
Injured in Kuwait

Charles – 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.”

Charles
Injured in Afghanistan

Dalshad – Injured in Afghanistan

“I worked as a translator in Afghanistan. I was injured over there. My friend was represented by Mr. Mermell and he referred me to Mr. Mermell. I have thanked my friend because Mr. Mermell and his law firm did a great job for me. From beginning to end, I knew I was in great hands. These lawyers know how to handle this type of Defense Base Act claim. I was given very specific instructions and properly prepared for each situation in my case. My end result was way better than I had even hoped for. I am sending everyone I know to this law firm. I have already sent three friends who were injured in Afghanistan like I was. Thank you for what you did for me and my family. Sincerely.”

Dalshad
Injured in Afghanistan

David – Injured Overseas

“This firm Of lawyers Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco handled my Defense Base Act case. They knew secrets about the law that they used to my advantage. I am very impressed with the way my case was handled and the result was beyond my hopes. For any of you working overseas, I give 100% recommendation to you to hire this firm if you are injured while working overseas.”

David
Injured overseas

Samian – Injured in Iraq

“Mr. Mermell and his firm handled my Defense Base Act case. I was injured in Masul Iraq while working there as an interpreter. Mr. Mermell and his staff are the best in the business. I especially liked working with Maggie and Gladis. They took such good care of me and all of my fears and concerns were put to ease. Mr. Mermell got me my doctors. I did not even need to pick them. He did it for me. And they were very good doctors. The settlement that Mr. Mermell got me was unbelievable. I have already sent two of my co-workers to see Mr. Mermell. I think anyone injured while working overseas needs to go to Mr. Mermell. He knows how to get the job done!”

Samian
Injured in Iraq

Bryan – Injured in Afghanistan

“I had the good fortune of being referred to the firm of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco from a coworker who was injured in Afghanistan at the same base as me. I can say wholeheartedly that this firm is awesome and did me right. The lawyers and staff were gracious and patient with me as I went through some very tough times. I thought that I might have worn them down with how much I called. To the contrary, they always took my calls and treated me with respect. My settlement was much more than I could have hoped for. I am surprised by how well my lawyer did for me. It was much better than he told me from the beginning which was surprising to me. I am recommending this firm to my friends and co-workers for anyone needing a lawyer who knows how to fight for your rights under the Defense Base Act. All you contractors working overseas heed what I am saying. If you are injured, this is where you need to be. God bless.”

Bryan
Injured in Afghanistan

Josh – DBA Case

“Mr. Mermell, Mr. Pacheco, and Kara Olesky handled my case with great care and precision. Even when nobody knew what was going on and mistakes were being made by all other parties, they promptly fixed them and got the ball rolling. I am thoroughly impressed with their performance! Do yourself a favor and hire these lawyers before you get taken advantage of!”

Josh
DBA Case

Lance – Injured in Afghanistan

“I was injured in Afghanistan. A coworker who also was injured there referred me to Mr. Mermell. Mr. Mermell and his staff handled my Defense Base Act case with great care and exceeded my expectations in every way. His assistant Ms. Vega was on point. I highly recommend Mr. Mermell to any contractor injured in Afghanistan.”

Lance
Injured in Afghanistan

Allan – Injured in Iraq

“I was injured in Iraq. When I came home, I got with a lawyer that did not know what he was doing. I finally got the sense to switch. I found Mr. Mermell and his law firm on the internet. I am glad that I did. These lawyers did more for me in six months than my previous lawyer did in six years. They turned everything around for me and got me a fantastic result. I am 100% satisfied with Mr. Mermell and his law firm. I only wish I got to them sooner. If you have a Defense Base Act case, I urge you to switch to this law firm as soon as you can. You will be impressed with the results. For me it was night and day.”

Allan
Injured in Iraq

Joshua – Injured in Iraq

“Best lawyer. Best firm. Best staff. Whenever my wife got anxious on my case, I just called my lawyer and he calmed me and her down. This lawyer knows how to handle Defense Base Act cases. He has been doing it for a long long time and he knows what to say and what to do in any situation that we faced. I am impressed. I am recommending this firm of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco to my colleagues who are injured in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. You need a lawyer that knows how to handle this type of case. This lawyer does just that. He got me an incredible result.”

Joshua
Injured in Iraq

Farhad – Injured in Afghanistan

“Mr. Mermell and Mr. Pacheco handled the Defense Base Act case for myself and my father. They both did an amazing job. My father and I were both injured in Afghanistan. These lawyers and their staff gave us confidence right from the start. We had no idea about this law and the benefits. These lawyers really understand this law and explained it to us very well. Our fears were put at ease. Our cases were handled professionally and timely. We are very happy with the results that we got and we are recommending this firm to all persons injured overseas.”

Farhad
Injured in Afghanistan

Tom – Injured overseas

“The firm of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco handled my Defense Base Act case. I was injured in Iraq. I was uncertain about hiring a lawyer, but the lawyer and paralegal on my case were knowledgeable and very thorough in explaining to me the process. They did a great job for me and got me a settlement that was better than I expected. I am letting my friends and family know that if you are working overseas and get injured, this is the place you need to bring your case to. I highly recommend the firm of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco.”

Tom
Injured overseas

Antonio – Injured in Afghanistan

“I was injured at work in Afghanistan. I found Mr. Mermell through the recommendation of a friend. Not to many people know about what to do when you are injured in Afghanistan. It took me a while to find Mr. Mermell. I feel lucky that my friend sent me here. Mr. Mermell and his firm took great care of my Defense Base Act case and got me a result that I did not expect. I have recommended Mr. Mermell to my co-workers and will continue to recommend him for handling injuries in Afghanistan.”

Antonio
Injured in Afghanistan

Mathew – Injured in Afghanistan

“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.”

Mathew
Injured in Afghanistan

Roosevelt – Injured Longshoreman

“My experience with Clifford Mermell has been phenomenal. At a time when I felt I was all alone, I had the Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco law firm on my side. As a result of you guys being there for me, being that I received such a great result, I know that you guys can help other Longshoreman as well. Thanks for being in my corner.”

Roosevelt
Injured Longshoreman

Jennifer – Injured in Afghanistan

“A coworker recommended me to Mr. Mermell and the firm of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco for my Defense Base Act case. I felt protected right from the start of my case. My medical situation was their priority and they took care of me both during the case and with a settlement that will cover my future medical needs. I am very happy with my result and I highly recommend Mr. Mermell and the firm to anyone injured on the job, including overseas injuries.”

Jennifer
Injured in Afghanistan

Kevin – Injured in Kuwait

“Safety specialist working in Kuwait. This firm handled my Defense Base Act case. I can tell you that I felt that I had a whole team behind me and my case. This firm is professional and on point. They kept me informed and pushed my case hard. My lawyer flew out from Miami to Minnesota to handle my mediation. They made me feel that I was important and that my case mattered. I have already referred my friend to this firm and will send many more. If I ever need a lawyer again, I am going right back to Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco! Thank you for what you did for me and my family!”

Kevin
Injured in Kuwait

Monika – Injured in Afghanistan

“I was injured while working at the Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. I had a bad back injury that required surgery. My doctor released me to return to work prematurely and my insurance company cut off all of my benefits. I was referred to this law firm by a co worker. This firm fought so hard for me and finally won my case and got me what I deserved. I was helpless without Mr. Mermell and his firm. I would have gotten nothing without his help. These insurance companies are ruthless and treated me horribly. Thank God that there are lawyers out there that can set them straight. I thank Mr. Mermell and his firm for everything they did to win my case and get me what I deserved. I am going out of my way to notify all of my overseas working colleagues that if they are injured, they need to go to this firm where they will get the help they need.”

Monika
Injured in Afghanistan

David – Injured in Afghanistan

“When I returned from Afghanistan, I was like a fish out of water. I had never filed a claim and never heard of the Defense Base Act or Longshore Act. The insurance company wanted to settle my case quickly. My doctors told me I should probably see a lawyer. They told me one of their patients was represented by Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco. I called and spoke with a lawyer. He calmed my fears, explained my situation and gave me real peace of mind. He handled my case and took me to a mediation where we got an incredible settlement, much more than what the insurance company had offered me without my lawyer. Without hesitation, I strongly recommend this firm to anyone injured in Afghanistan or anywhere overseas.”

David
Injured in Afghanistan

Lloyd – Injured Longshoreman

“Mr. Mermell and his staff handled my longshore claim for injuries that happened at the Port of Miami. I was very happy with everything he did for me and the way he answered my questions and took my calls. He made me feel that I was an important client from beginning to the end. And the end result was way better than I expected. I am recommending Mr. Mermell to all longshoremen injured on the job. This lawyer is the best in the business at helping longshoremen.”

Lloyd
Injured Longshoreman

Anonymous – Injured in Iraq

“I am a translator and I was injured in Iraq. I went to one lawyer who gave me bad advice and delayed my case. My friend told me to try this law firm. I am very grateful to my friend. This firm of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco turned my case around. Their advice were perfect and set me on the right course. I got a great result and it is mostly because of the work of this law firm. I have recommended several friends and co-workers to this firm and will continue to do so, especially for DBA injuries overseas like mine.”

Anonymous
Injured in Iraq

James – Injured in Afghanistan

“This firm took care of me. They cared about me and my defense base act case. The insurance company denied my surgery and cut my compensation off. They got my surgery approved and got me back on compensation. My questions were always addressed and answered in a timely fashion. I cannot believe how great my settlement was. I never expected I would get such a great settlement. I recommend this firm to anyone injured overseas.”

James
Injured in Afghanistan

Roy – Injured Longshoreman

“I worked as a welder in the Pascagoula Mississippi shipyard. These lawyers handled my Longshoreman case. I don’t know nothing about lawyers, but I can tell you this. These lawyers cared about me and my case and handled everything for me. They explained everything to me and they did a great job for me on my Longshoreman case. I would recommend them to anyone injured in shipbuilding or doing longshoreman work.”

Roy
Injured Longshoreman

Arthur – Injured Overseas

“I have never hired a lawyer before. I can tell you that my experience with Mr. Mermell and his firm Gillis Mermell and Pacheco was first class. Very professional, very detailed…and great result. My case was a Defense Base Act case for injuries while working in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mr. Mermell and his firm get my top recommendation to contractors injured overseas.”

Arthur
Injured overseas

Gregory – Injured in Iraq

“I was injured in Iraq working in personal security. Mr. Mermell’s law firm handled my case. I knew I was in the right place from the initial interview, especially after talking to many other lawyers that did not sound confident. My case was handled professionally and my result was exceptional. This firm is top-notch for handling Defense Base Act cases.”

Gregory
Injured in Iraq

Frederick – Injured in Iraq

“Mr. Mermell and his law firm handled my Defense Base Act case for injuries I sustained in Baghdad, Iraq. I was referred to Mr. Mermell from my friend who was also injured in Iraq. Mr. Mermell knows the DBA very well. He and his staff kept me informed of each event in my case and made my case very easy one me. I highly recommend Mr. Mermell and his law firm for overseas injuries in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Kuwait. This firm nailed it for me and will do the same for you.”

Frederick
Injured in Iraq

Tony – Injured in Afghanistan

“I was injured while working as a heavy equipment mechanic on the Kunduz base in Afghanistan. My friend told me to go to the law firm of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco located in Miami, Florida. I live in Texas and was concerned that it was far from me. It turned out to be the right choice. They made me feel that they were right down the street. Always took my calls and responded to my emails. They guided me each step of the way, all the way to a great settlement. I am very happy with this firm and recommending them to anyone with a Defense Base Act claim.”

Tony
Injured in Afghanistan

Daniel – Injured Overseas

“Mr. Mermell is an incredibly sharp attorney who understands the Defense Base Act and how to win his client’s case. More than that, Mr. Mermell understands people. He understood that I was going through a very rough time with my case. I needed his protection and assurances and he gave them to me. Myself and my family are extremely grateful for Mr. Mermell and all he did to protect us and for the great result he got for us. He allowed us to get through a difficult time and come out on top. My expectations were far exceeded by the result Mr. Mermell got for me. I am recommending him to all of us who protect this country by working overseas. All of my colleagues and contractor buddies know about Mr. Mermell and my high recommendations for him.”

Daniel
Injured overseas

Nick – Injured in Afghanistan

“I live in North Carolina. I was working overseas and got injured in Afghanistan. My friend Chris told me to go to this firm of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco. It was a great recommendation. This firm handled my Defense Base Act case from start to finish with confidence and put me at ease. I am impressed and very happy with the result. They were always there for me at each step of the way. They answered my phone calls and emails and never left me hanging. I am recommending this firm to all injured overseas workers.”

Nick
Injured in Afghanistan

Carl – Injured in Afghanistan

“I was skeptical about hiring a lawyer for my Defense Base Act case. I was injured in Afghanistan working as a crane operator. I thought I could just handle my case on my own. I was wrong! I got put through the wringer with my insurance company. I finally hired this law firm and got the help I needed. I sincerely recommend this firm to anyone injured in Afghanistan. They far exceeded my expectations with the way the case was handled, the way they walked me through the minefields, the way they calmed my nerves and with the end result they got me.”

Carl
Injured in Afghanistan

David – Injured in Afghanistan

“I was injured in Afghanistan where I worked as a a police mentor. My case was denied. This law firm fought on my behalf and won my Defense Base Act case for me. They were excellent in every regard. Took all my calls and answered my questions. I cannot say one bad thing about this firm and the way they handled my case. My end result was amazing. I highly recommend their services to anyone injured in Afghanistan or anywhere else overseas.”

David
Injured in Afghanistan
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 $250,000,000.00 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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