Legal Team


Boston University – J.D. 1977 University of North Carolina – B.A. Political Science, 1973

Michael W. Merrill, Esquire

Michael Merrill’s law practice concentrates on all aspects of real estate and condominium law, including litigation in all courts. Merrill & McGeary represents clients who engage in real estate transactions including individuals, developers, and lenders. A substantial part of Merrill & McGeary’s practice involves condominium law, primarily representing condominium and cooperative boards.

Michael is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association as well as the Community Associations Institute, New England Regional Chapter. He has frequently lectured and taught seminars on condominium law, and has written articles for condominium industry magazines on the subject of condominium law.

Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in political science in 1973. He received his J.D. from Boston University in 1977. After two years defending American military personnel in military tribunals in Germany, Michael formed Merrill & McGeary in Boston in 1979. He has been practicing in Boston since that time with his partner Rita McGeary, who also concentrates in real estate law.

Michael has been active in politics in the Town of Brookline, where he has resided since 1973. He was a long time Town Meeting Member and has served four terms as Selectman (1982-1985, 1990-1996, 2004-2007), serving three years as the Chairman of the Board. He also served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and served on several Town of Brookline Committees, including the Town’s Celebration Committee, which organizes and supports the annual Flag Day parade and road race.

Michael is active in charitable and nonprofit institutions, including the Chou Chou Merrill Tuition Grant, The Bette Davis Foundation, the Gary Merrill Memorial Foundation, Inc., Friends of the Boston University Libraries, the Howard Gottlieb Archival Center, the Brookline Senior Center, and Brookline’s Little League.


Boston University – J.D. 1981 St. Francis University, P.A. – B.A. 1975

  Rita M. McGeary, Esquire










New England Law Boston – J.D. 2009 Trinity College in Hartford – B.A. Philosophy, 2006

Cameron S. Merrill, Esquire

Cameron joined Merrill & McGeary as an Associate in August, 2012. His practices focus primarily on real estate litigation, real estate transactions and all aspects of condominium law. Cameron also oversees Merrill and McGeary’s Landlord Tenant practice and routinely defends individual clients and Condominium Associations in Municipal Code enforcement hearings. Cameron also represents individuals in matters before the MCAD, Division of Professional Licensure and other administrative agencies.  Cameron’s practice also includes zoning, licensing and development permitting, primarily in Brookline and Boston.

Cameron graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a B.A. in Philosophy with a concentration in Political Philosophy. After college, Cameron attended New England Law Boston while working at the Law Offices of Robert Allen, Jr. in Brookline. Starting in 2009, Cameron worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. In that position, Cameron prosecuted a wide variety of cases from drug and gang related offenses to large scale white collar embezzlement.

Cameron served for 4 years as an elected Brookline Town Meeting Member before moving from Brookline to Boston. He continues to support Brookline’s civic associations and is active in several charitable and nonprofit institutions and Trinity College Alumni groups. Cameron is a former Director on the Brookline Chamber of Commerce, member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Community Associations Institute, the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts and the Trinity Club of Boston. Cameron’s bar admissions are Massachusetts and United States District Court, District of Massachusetts.


Suffolk University – J.D. 2014  College of the Holy Cross – BA, 2011

Ryan R. Severance, Esquire

Ryan has been with Merrill and McGeary since September, 2012, when he began working for the firm as a legal assistant where he focused on all aspects of the firm’s Massachusetts condominium law and real estate practice, including litigation and real estate transactions.  Ryan also assists with formal and informal probate court filings and all aspects of estate administration, including sales of estate property, communication with holders of estate property and accounts, and estate tax filings.

Ryan received his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University School of Law in 2014 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The College of the Holy Cross in 2011.

While at Holy Cross, Ryan interned in the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office for two years. During law school, he was honored to work as a legal intern for First Circuit Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson of the Rhode Island District of the United State Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He joined Merrill & McGeary during his second year of law school. Ryan has also worked as assistant hardware manager for an independent hardware store and lumber yard in Central Massachusetts, which has given him a unique understanding of the building, construction and renovation issues facing residential and commercial buyers, sellers, and condominium trustees.

Ryan is active in the College of the Holy Cross Lawyer’s Association, as well as the Real Estate Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and the Worcester Bar Association.


College of the Holy Cross

Keon Fernandes, Paralegal


Legal Team

Michael W. Merrill, Esq.
Rita M. McGeary, Esq.
Cameron S. Merrill, Esq.
Ryan R. Severance, Esq
Keon Fernandes
Denise DeFreitas, Administrative Assistant
Margie Keith, Office Manager