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's 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 Law & Politics Magazine would confer upon him Super Lawyer status every year since 2007.
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
Recent W&L Results in this practice area
Two men sought help after getting cancer due to asbestos-tainted products. Crane Co., the product manufacturer, acted recklessly and with conscious disregard for safety. W&L is relentless in ensuring that innocent victims are not brushed aside.
Ford was found 49% liable for the death of a retired automobile mechanic. The jury determined that Ford had acted with reckless disregard for the safety of others.