Merrilee Harmon Waco Lawyer at Dunnam & Dunnam


Merrilee L. Harmon became a lawyer because she saw how hopeless people felt when they became caught up in the legal system. So she strives to be the kind of attorney that she would want if she needed a lawyer. She is driven and determined to help her clients succeed. Wacoan Magazine voters repeatedly select her as the best family law attorney in Waco. 

Ms. Harmon loves being a lawyer. She has been an attorney with a thriving practice for over 40 years. When she is not lawyering, she enjoys time at the ranch with her husband and dogs. She also likes lively conversation including politics. Merrilee has always been a sort of a daredevil. She began skydiving at 15 years old and was once the youngest licensed skydiving instructor.

Ms. Harmon went to Baylor University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She has been licensed to practice in Texas since 1978. She is also licensed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Harmon is a Family Law specialist, Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1985. 

Merrilee has lived most of her life in Waco. She graduated from Baylor University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in elementary education with a minor in English. Merrilee also received certificates in teaching and the fields of language and learning disabilities and mental disabilities.

Merrilee graduated from Baylor Law School in 1978 with a Juris Doctor degree and concentration in Civil Trial Law. From 1978 to 1981, she practiced Criminal Law as Assistant McLennan County District Attorney, prosecuting misdemeanor and felony cases, including extensive courtroom work and jury trials in a wide range of areas, including capital murder cases. From 1981 to 1991, Merrilee practiced Civil TrialCriminal LawFamily Law, and Personal Injury Law.  She established her own firm in 1991, then joined Dunnam & Dunnam in 2007. During her years focusing on Criminal Law, Merrilee was a member and director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization certified her in Criminal Law from 1983 until 1993 when she decided to concentrate on Family Law.

Merrilee is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, the Texas Board of Family Law Specialists, and the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section. She is a member of the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association

Ms. Harmon’s practice focuses on Family Law

What Clients Say About Merrilee Harmon

“In 2003, I found myself on the brink of divorce after 9 years of marriage. Lost without a clue, I called numerous attorneys and thankfully found Merrilee Harmon. As a man fighting for custody of his two daughters, Merrilee sat me down and walked me through the entire process. After two days in court, I am happy to say I received everything I was asking for. Merrilee Harmon is an amazing attorney and I recommend her to everybody! I owe her a lifetime of gratitude for giving me my girls!”


“Attorney Merrilee Harmon has helped me, and unfortunately is still helping me, through a very difficult divorce. She is effective, intelligent, and honest. She knows family law very well and has a proven record of success. She is patient, and is very good at keeping my emotions in check. If you are in need of a expert family lawyer to represent you, Merrilee Harmon is the best in the business.”


“Prior to hiring Dunnam and Dunnam, I met with several attorneys to get a feel of how they operated, their experience, and how they treated their clients. In the end, Merrilee Harmon and Dunnam & Dunnam was the best fit for me and my situation. The organization as a whole has a legacy of serving Central Texas in a variety of capacities, they are highly educated and continue to pursue knowledge to refine skills, and they treated me with the utmost respect and with my best interest at the forefront. Even now, several years removed of their services, I still refer to Dunnam & Dunnam for advice and guidance as needed. They were truly my voice when I felt I had none and their respect of my situation has empowered me since.”



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