POLYAK LAW OFFICE

James M. Polyak, Esq.

Andrea E. Mertz, Esq.

Criminal Defense Attorneys
24 years of experience in the
Criminal Courts of Berks County
Pennsylvania
 

 

645 Penn Street

Suite 500

Reading, PA 19601

 

Tel. 610-376-5250

 

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Personal Statement to Those Accused of a Crime:
If you are accused of a crime, Attorney Mertz, a fierce advocate and an aggressive and persuasive litigator, will be the only person standing between you and a powerful, resourceful Pennsylvanian prosecutorial government. In fact, as a criminal defense attorney, Attorney Mertz represents the last, and only, bastion of protection safeguarding you, your rights and your personal freedom. She has a background of helping individuals overcome significant difficult challenges in their lives and arise from the challenge to a bright future.  Attorney Mertz will do the same for you.

Andrea E. Mertz - Polyak Law Office

Andrea E. Mertz has eighteen years of experience defending the rights of those criminally accused with persistence, passion and principles. Ms. Mertz has dedicated her law practice to DUI defense and to representing clients accused of major felonies such as aggravated assaults and cases involving misdemeanors offenses such as theft crimes and drug crimes. After several years of private practice, in 2001, Ms. Mertz joined the Berks County Office of the Public Defender. In 2009, she left the Office of the Public Defender to take her skills back to the private sector. Through her advocacy skills, Ms. Mertz has earned a reputation for being an aggressive trial court attorney successfully defending her clients' rights. She combines her trial experience and knowledge of the court system with a personal commitment to her clients in order to offer zealous representation in a supportive environment.


Extremely active in the legal community, Ms. Mertz serves as the Co-Chair to the Criminal Defense Section and the Criminal Law Section of the Berks County Bar Association. Recently, The American Society of Legal Advocates named her a Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer in Pennsylvania. She has also earned accolades including a Superb Rating from AVVO, which is the highest level an attorney can obtain. Ms. Mertz also received the client’s choice award from AVVO in the areas of DUI defense and Criminal Defense.


Educational Background:

Ms. Mertz graduated from Governor Mifflin High School. After high school, Ms. Mertz attended Purdue University upon receiving a full athletic scholarship to play Division I field hockey. She completed her undergraduate studies majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Women's Studies. Ms. Mertz graduated "With Highest Distinction" and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society.  

After college, Ms. Mertz attended the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. She was a regular finalist in the American University Moot Court program.

Attorney Mertz has represented clients in cases ranging from misdemeanors to the most serious and violent felonies.  She has tried cases in front of juries and judges and has an excellent success record.  Reading her client reviews, you can see that Attorney Mertz takes each case seriously and as though the liberty of her friend or her family member is in jeopardy.  She has the experience to evaluate and give honest and reliable advice and the passion and talent to advocate on your behalf.

 

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Recent Awards

The American Society of Legal Advocates – Top 100 Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyer – 2016


Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Maryland


Professional Associations:

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Berks County Bar Association
    • Co-Chair - Criminal Defense Section – 2016 to Present
    • Co-Chair - Criminal Law Committee – 2015 to Present