James M. Polyak, Esq.

Andrea E. Mertz, Esq.

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


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

Attorney Andrea E. Mertz has 17 years of experience defending the rights of those charged with criminal offenses in Berks County.  She does so with persistence, passion and principle. She has dedicated her law practice to representing clients charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes including Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Robbery, Theft, Rape, Firearms offenses, Drug violations, and DUI. Through her advocacy skills, she has earned a reputation for being an aggressive trial attorney, successfully defending her clients' rights from the Preliminary Hearing through trial. She combines her extensive 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. Ms. Mertz is extremely active and respected in the Berks County legal community, and serves as the Co-Chairman of both the Criminal Defense Section and the Criminal Law Section of the Berks County Bar Association.  She is also an active member of the Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Association of Lawyers. Recently, the American Society of Legal Advocates named her a Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer in Pennsylvania. She currently maintains a “Superb” rating from the attorney rating website AVVO.com and recently received the “Client’s Choice” award from AVVO.com in the areas of DUI 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