Founding partner Joshua Mermis has been selected as a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA), an honorary society for construction lawyers to which members are admitted exclusively by invitation. The CLSA Fellowship is limited to 1,200 active practicing lawyers worldwide, exclusive of Fellows Emeriti, Judicial Fellows, Academic Fellows, In-House Counsel Fellows, Honorary Fellows, and Associate Fellows. Fellows are chosen based on their expertise and accomplishments in the field of construction law, as well as, their outstanding ethical character.
The CLSA has recognized Mr. Mermis’ practice representing clients engaged in litigation, construction, energy, and business law arena including operators, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, suppliers, product manufacturers, businesses, and individuals in a variety of disputes. The CLSA also noted his extensive trial experience having conducted jury and bench trials, as well as arbitrations involving significant multi-million-dollar commercial projects throughout Texas.
Mr. Mermis is licensed in Texas. He is board certified in construction law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters, which is an honor conferred upon only on 5% of the total lawyers in Texas. He has been recognized as a Best Lawyer. He was also selected by his peers for inclusion in H Texas Magazine Top Lawyer and Houstonian Top Lawyer. Joshua is the past Chair of the Houston Bar Association Construction Law Section. West Mermis, PLLC has been rated a Best Law Firm by US News & World Report. We are proud to have Mr. Mermis represent our firm with the prestigious award!
The composition of the CLSA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence across all practices relating to construction law. The purpose of the CLSA is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers, to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on construction practice, to provide additional sources for professional development, to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law, to assist in community involvement by its membership, and to advance a superior judiciary, and body of distinguished neutrals, by taking relevant positions on issues or legislation affecting judicial compensation and/or benefits, as well as those affecting the American litigation processes.
The number of full Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity, and inclusion to align effectively. The CLSA’s selection process is a combination of Fellow input, internal research, nominations by Fellows, attorney opinions, evaluation of client selection of counsel, limited input from active and retired judges, and reviews of acknowledgment and recognition by other peer reviewing sources and associations. The criteria used for selection is not based solely on the number of cases tried or arbitrated or the notoriety usually associated with frequent court appearances, but one’s effectiveness in the practice of construction law.
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