James A. Morris, Jr., Esq.: Lawyer with Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C.

James A. Morris, Jr., Esq.

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New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone(310) 247-0921

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  • California Office
  • Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Defective Drugs and Devices
Contact InfoTelephone: (310) 247-0921
Fax: (310) 786-9927
University Baylor University, B.A., 1983
Law SchoolSouth Texas College of Law, J.D., 1986
AdmittedCalifornia; New York; Pennsylvania; Colorado; Texas

Associations & Licenses
•American Association of Justice
•Texas Board of Legal Specialization, personal injury
•Consumer Attorneys of California
•Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles

BornOrange, Texas, June 24, 1961

To me, nothing satisfies more than giving victims of injustice an opportunity to be heard and, ideally, to see to it that the wrongdoer is brought to a full reckoning. That is why they built courthouses.


James A. Morris, Jr., joined us in 2012 to litigate cases involving asbestos-cancer exposure and defective pharmaceuticals - practice areas he focused upon during his years as founder and managing attorney of Morris Law Firm in Austin, Tex., and, before that, as managing attorney of the Austin office of Brent Coon and Associates. Earlier, he was an equity partner in the Beaumont, Tex., firm of Provost & Umphrey.

The son of a successful trial lawyer, Mr. Morris is admitted to practice law in the states of California, New York, Texas, Colorado and Pennsylvania. He is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal-injury trial law and, according to the objective Martindale-Hubbell peer-reviewed attorney rating system, Mr. Morris's ethical standards and professional ability are of the highest order (AV Preeminent); no surprise, then, that Super Lawyers magazine would confer upon him Super Lawyer status for seven years.

Mr. Morris has over the years won numerous major courtroom victories on behalf of his clients: in 2008, he obtained $29 million for a woman who developed breast cancer after using the drug Prempro (this was the first plaintiffs' jury verdict in a multidistrict litigation against the manufacturer); in 2007, he obtained $1.5 million for a woman whose breast cancer was held to be caused by use of the drug Provera; in 2004, Mr. Morris obtained $1.4 million for plaintiffs who suffered heart damage and other problems after taking the weight-loss drug Fen-Phen; in 1998, he obtained $13 million for seven families that lost loved ones to the scourge of mesothelioma, a cancer resulting from asbestos exposure.

Additionally, Mr. Morris has waged legal battle in state and federal courts against the makers of hormone replacement therapy drugs, Baycol, Ephedra, PPA, and Propulsid; he also has been involved in actions against the tobacco industry, and has successfully represented unions and individual workers in employment-dispute arbitrations, labor-contract negotiations, and job-related civil-rights violations. Mr. Morris is the coauthor of a chapter in a 2005 Fen-Phen litigation textbook, entitled Drug Injury - Liability, Analysis and Prevention (2nd edition, with Kip Petroff).He currently is a sustaining member of two organizations: the American Association of Justice and the Texas Trial Lawyers Assn.

Mr. Morris began his career in law soon after receiving in 1986 a juris doctor degree from South Texas College of Law, where he distinguished himself as a participant in the school's mock-trial program. Immediately prior to enrolling there, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Baylor University (he was chapter president of the Delta Upsilon fraternity there and president of the Baylor inter-fraternity council).

Verdicts won: $29 million (Scroggin v. Wyeth-HRT, 2008); $1.5 million (Simon v. Wyeth, 2007); $1.4 million, (Hayes v. Wyeth/Fen Phen, 2004); $13 million (Sonnier v. Pittsburgh Corning, 1998).

•Drug Injury - Liability, Analysis and Prevention (2nd edition, ch. 16: “Danger at the Drugstore, Some Practical Comments on Pondimin and Redux Litigation,” co-authored with Kip Petroff), Lawyers and Judges Publishing Co., 2005


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James A. Morris, Jr., Esq.

700 Broadway
New YorkNY 10003


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