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James A. Morris, Jr.


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PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

James A. Morris is a first chair trial lawyer. He is licensed to practice law in California, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Colorado. His specialties include products liability litigation, serious personal injury trial law, FELA claims, labor and employment litigation, and corporate governance.

Mr. Morris is the owner of Morris Law Firm in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Morris has worked in large firms in the past and has supervised associate attorneys and legal staff over the last 20 years. Mr. Morris has handled numerous cases involving the pharmaceutical, oil and gas refining industry as well and associated contractors, railroads, and medical providers. He routinely handles trucking accidents, mesothelioma cases, and catastrophic injury cases. He is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with numerous trials, mediations and arbitrations to his credit. Mr. Morris is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and he has been named to the Texas Super Lawyers as published by Texas Monthly Magazine from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Morris moved his practice to California in 2013.

Expertise

Mr. Morris has first chair trial experience in a number of significant pharmaceutical and toxic tort cases. He is an expert in jury selection, evidence and procedure, direct and cross-examination and argument.

Mr. Morris’ most recent trial occurred in Oakland, CA in December 2014 where he represented a mesothelioma victim to a successful confidential resolution after 5 weeks of trial. Mr. Morris has tried cases in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, California and Nevada.

He has represented union members in arbitrations involving discipline and contract interpretation. His trial practice has included grade crossing injuries, explosions, electrocutions, and numerous product failures.

Significant Cases

Scroggin v. Wyeth and Upjohn 586 F.3rd 547(8th Cir, 2009, writ denied) In March of 2008, Mr. Morris received a jury verdict of $29,870,000.00 against Wyeth and Upjohn on behalf of Donna Scroggin, a breast cancer survivor in Little Rock, Arkansas. The verdict was the first plaintiff’s verdict in MDL 1507 that oversees the Hormone Replacement Therapy Litigation in the United States Federal Court System. Mr. Morris tried the case start to finish against teams of attorneys from Williams and Connolly and Kaye Scholar. The verdict included $2.75 million in actual damages against both defendants and $19.760 million in punitive damages against Wyeth and $7.360 million in punitive damages against Upjohn. The case was appealed to the 8th circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. Both courts refused to reverse the award.

In May of 2007, Mr. Morris obtained the first verdict against Pfizer in the Hormone Replacement Therapy litigation in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. (Simon v. Wyeth and Pfizer). After four weeks of trial, the Jury awarded Merle Simon $1.5 million in actual damages.

In 2004, Mr. Morris obtained the first intermediate opt out verdict in the country arising from the national settlement of diet drug litigation under MDL 1203. The jury awarded Deborah Hayes $1.4 million for mild aortic regurgitation. Wyeth’s stock sank 7% as a result of the verdict. (Hayes v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals). Mr. Morris also obtained the first intermediate opt out verdict in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas consolidated Fen-Phen litigation. (Clepper v. Wyeth).

Mr. Morris obtained the first verdict against PPG Industries in the history of asbestos litigation for seven families valued at over $13 million. (Sonnier v. Pittsburgh Corning, et. al.). Mr. Morris also tried the first asbestos case in the country against Union Carbide and Montello Supply Company. (McKenzie v. Union Carbide).

He has tried numerous cases involving personal injuries in State and Federal Courts. He participated in the discovery of the State of Texas v. The American Tobacco Industry. He has successfully handled products liability cases involving Hormone Replacement Therapy, Fen-Phen, Baycol, Ephedra, PPA, Levaquin and Propulsid. Over the years he has successfully handled a number of labor and employment matters including arbitrations, contract negotiations, and Title VII matters on behalf of employees and various labor unions.

Following the Sonnier verdict, Judge James Mehaffy summed up Mr. Morris’ talent in the courtroom in a handwritten note to Walter Umphrey, “He is cool, articulate, and very persuasive- if any one person has made the difference in this case, it’s Jim Morris.”

SIGNIFICANT CASES

Cimino v. Raymark Industries; State of Texas v. The American Tobacco Companies; Greer v. Calaveras Asbestos, Ltd.; Bertha Thomas v. Omega Psi Phi; Sonnier v. Pittsburgh Corning & PPG; McIntosh v. Baptist Hospital; In re: W& G Trucking; Hayes v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals; Simon v. Wyeth and Pfizer, Scroggin v. Wyeth and Upjohn.

PRIOR EMPLOYMENT

Weitz and Luxenberg- Managing Attorney CA Office-2012-2015

MORRIS LAW FIRM-2009-2012

BRENT COON AND ASSOCIATES-2006-2009

PROVOST  UMPHREY LAW FRIM- 1988-2006; EQUITY PARTNER

1987-1988- LAW OFFICES OF JAMES W. MEHAFFY, JR.

1987- JEFFERSON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE-Prosecutor

1986-1987- COMBINED LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS

EDUCATION

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY- BA- POLITICAL SCIENCE-1983

SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW- JD- 1986

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND LICENSES

STATE BAR OF TEXAS-1986 TO PRESENT

STATE BAR OF COLORADO- 2004 TO PRESENT

STATE BAR OF PENNSYLVANIA- 2007 TO PRESENT

STATE BAR OF NEW YORK-2013 TO PRESENT

STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA- 2014 To PRESENT (Passed it the first time at age 52)

BOARD CERTIFIED IN PERSONAL INJURY TRIAL LAW SINCE 1991, RECERTIFIED IN 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT-CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT

UNITED STATES COURT OF CLAIMS

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT

MARTINDALE HUBBELL AV RATING

LIFE FELLOW OF THE TEXAS BAR FOUNDATION

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE-Sustaining Member

CONSUMER ATTORNEYS OF CALIFORNIA

CONSUMER ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES (CAALA)

TEXAS TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

SOUTHEAST TEXAS TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION-Vice President 2003 and President for 2004 & 2005

MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM

Voted “Best Attorney” in the 2003 Port Arthur News reader’s poll.

2007-2012 TEXAS SUPER LAWYERS

Mr. Morris has spoken at numerous CLE conferences on issues involving trial practice and persuasion. He has authored outlines and trial aids that are available upon request. He is a master graduate of the Rapport Leadership Institute.

PUBLICATIONS

Drug Injury-Liability, Analysis and Prevention, Second Edition, Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, 2005 (Co-author of Chapter 16: Danger at the Drugstore: Some Practical Comments on Pondimin and Redux Litigation)

 

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Houston Police Department caught red-handed illegally engaging in a home invasion and covering it up by destroying security system: Damages Suit filed by Law Firm for Homeowner

March 3, 2017, 9:34 am

In one of the most egregious examples of police excess and violation of law perpetrated by HPD in recent times, two separate security systems from two different homeowners caught an HPD police officer and another uniformed officer illegally break into a Harris County home, destroy their surveillance system, illegally search the home with no one there, illegally go through their mail, and leave the home with the door open before the homeowners arrived back to their residence.


Jury Awards War Hero Over 1 Million Dollars

November 9, 2016, 3:22 pm

Today a jury verdict was returned regarding a lawsuit filed against Woven Metal Products, Inc. on behalf of Jacob Matthew Cadriel, who was killed on the job by a co-worker, Steven Damien Young.  This tragic incident took place on April 1, 2015. On that date and on Woven Metal Products, Inc.’s workplace premises, co-worker Steven Damien Young reached into his waistband, pulled out a 38-caliber handgun and shot and killed Jacob.  Young was arrested and charged with murder, and is now serving a 45 year sentence.


Deepwater Horizon Film Puts Spotlight on Disaster

October 3, 2016, 5:11 pm

The motion picture depicting the 2010 Gulf oil spill hits theaters nationwide this weekend.  So what, if anything, has changed since the Deepwater Horizon blast killed 11 oil rig workers?

Attorney Brent Coon represented one of the workers who escaped the rig; he hopes the film brings more attention to what really happened and how little regulation there is in the drilling industry still today.


Used cars with recalls being sold with 'no open recalls'

August 17, 2016, 8:49 am

Buying a used car instead of a new one almost always makes good economic sense, unless you end up in Ann Nogast's old 2011 Honda Pilot.

"Because it's going to be some innocent family that ends up the next possible fatality," Nogast said.


Seven injured in Explosion

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Seven people were injured, including four critically, in an explosion at a Texas crude-oil plant, authorities said.


A Flood of Oil Spill Lawsuits Expected Against BP this Month

May 9, 2016, 9:02 am

Despite the $20 billion settlement BP PLC struck with the U.S. Department of Justice over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, tens of thousands of lawsuits could hit the courts this month, adding to the oil company’s ballooning costs.


STATEMENT TO THE TAXPAYERS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY AND THE MEDIA

May 2, 2016, 6:22 pm

Those who have followed the Jefferson County Appraisal District (JCAD) case and story for the last year should be already aware that we have spent the duration of that period attempting to collect information and data on what we believed was an unfair rescheduling of  1.5 level homes.


Wall Street Journal: BP Results Still Hurt by Gulf of Mexico Spill

April 27, 2016, 8:57 am

Six years after a deadly blowout sent a slick of oil floating along the Gulf Coast for months, BP PLC disclosed almost $1 billion in fresh charges that bring its total bill from the disaster to more than $56 billion and counting.


BCA Releases Video on 6 Year Anniversary of BP Oil Spill

April 20, 2016, 8:33 am

With the enormous number of BP Oil Spill victims still waiting for resolution of their claims, BCA is providing this status update as a “reality check” of where are we now. Brent Coon’s comments and the link to the 2 minute video are below.‎


Beaumont attorney talks class action lawsuit against appraisal district

April 19, 2016, 9:28 am

Beaumont attorney Brent Coon said it was appropriate for him to host a press conference at his law office on April 15, the traditional tax day.

Coon said the basis of the class action lawsuit is their client, Elaine Henderson, and those like her , 8,000 of them, who own a 1.5 story home and have had their home values arbitrarily increased across the county.



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