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Merkel & Cocke, P.A. is pleased to announce that William B. Raiford was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.

Mr. Raiford was selected in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, and was also named '2014 Memphis Medical Malpractice Law’ - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year".

Mr. Raiford is a graduate of The University of Mississippi School of Law in 1987. He is also a graduate of Tulane University in 1984. There he earned a degree in management, with an emphasis on finance. Mr. Raiford moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1989 to join the law firm of Merkel & Cocke, PA., and has practiced almost exclusively in handling complex litigation since then. Mr. Raiford handles cases all over the state of Mississippi, as well as, Tennessee. A large portion of Mr. Raiford’s practice includes referrals from other lawyers.

About Best Lawyers®
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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William B. Raiford selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2014 – Press Release